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Linfield Business Advisory Council
Business Advisory Council Members Pictured:

Russ Paine, David Brunkal, Tom Hellie, Scott Nelson, Dick Cahill, Sharon Wagner, David Ostrander, Malcolm Greenlees, Denise Farag, Kellanne Henry, Virlena Crosley, Madeleine Romero, Gayatree Sarma, Maria Stuart, and Brian Gerritz 

Linfield College - Business Advisory Council

Mission Statement:                                                                    

The mission of the Linfield College Business Advisory Council is to provide to the Business Department: 

  • Professional, external program review
  • Strategic direction
  • Advocacy and development

Council Members from the Community

Bob BreshockBob Breshock
Managing Director Mr. Breshock is responsible for leading Parametric’s marketing group, as well as distribution channel management for the HNW/Retail, International and DCIO Institutional segments. Prior to joining Parametric in 1998, Bob was a vice president with Harris Bank and a manager in the Family Wealth and Financial Planning practice of Arthur Andersen & Co. He received his B.A. in Economics from Wabash College and his J.D. from Valparaiso University.

Brian GerritzBrian Gerritz
Brian co-founded Pavilion Construction in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Pavilion Construction provides General Contracting services to both private and public clients through several western states, specializing in multi-family housing, student living, and senior living projects. Brian graduated in 1998 with a BS in Mathematics from Linfield College. He has been a member of the Linfield Business Advisory Council since 2009. He also serves on the Oregon College of Art and Craft Board. Brian and his wife Jennifer reside in Lake Oswego, OR with their two children.

Dick Cahill

Richard Cahill 
Linfield College – 1975 graduate with a B.A. degree in Business Administration, University of Chicago – 2006 completed the Graduate, School of Business’ Chicago Management Institute, Retired – 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Richard (Dick) Cahill was the Vice President, Deputy Head of the Credit Risk Department, Risk Management Function within the Bank Supervision Group of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Prior to joining the New York Fed in April 2008, he spent 16 years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Supervision & Regulation Department serving in a number of leadership roles including the Vice President/Division Leader over the Risk Specialists Division, Large Bank Supervision and Regional/Community Banking Supervision groups.  Before joining the Chicago Federal Reserve, he was a Vice President with Barclays Bank, PLC for seven years in credit risk and business development roles. Dick is an active member of  Linfield’s Business Advisory Council and an adjunct professor in the Business Department at Linfield College.

David Brunkal

David Brunkal
David Brunkal currently serves on several board of directors including sitting on Linfield College’s Business Advisory Council. He graduated from Linfield College in 1973 with a degree in Business Administration. David began his career in retailing with the Dayton-Hudson Corporation (Target Corp). He worked in several of their operating divisions for almost nineteen years. His last responsibility with DH/Target was as Senior Vice President - Merchandising for Mervyns where he was also a member of the Executive Committee. In 1991,David joined the startup 1-800-Radiator based in the San Francisco bay area. As one of four partners, David was President/COO. When he left 1-800-Radiator in 2007, it was the largest distributor of new automobile/light truck radiators in the U.S. with over 100 locations nationwide. In 2007, David joined NAVIS, in Bend, Oregon, as their Chief Operating Officer. NAVIS is software, sales and marketing system focusing on the Hospitality industry, both hotel, resort and vacation rental management. They are a leader in leisure sales optimization using Web-based technologies and reservation services. David currently is CEO of PFM Inc, a holding company, as well as serving on the boards of Randall Industries, Detroit, Michigan, an automotive parts manufacturer and 3 Amigos Tequila, Phoenix, Arizona, a distiller of artisanal tequilas from Jalisco, Mexico. When not participating in his board work David enjoys golf, mountain biking, art, wine and traveling. David and his wife Nancy reside in Bend, Oregon.

Brian Steffel

Brian Steffel
Brian assumed President and CEO responsibilities for Oregon Mutual in May 2011. He joined OMI in 2006 and has led OMI’s Marketing and Underwriting efforts prior to becoming President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to employment with Oregon Mutual, Brian was a Senior Vice President of Oregon’s State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF). In that role, he joined other senior leaders to orchestrate SAIF’s financial turnaround in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. In addition to 22 years at SAIF, Brian worked in technical and leadership capacities at Sentry Insurance, Harford Insurance, and Marsh USA Inc. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Brian is a CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter). He also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. Brian is active in community activities, including past service in the McMinnville Downtown Association, McMinnville Sunrise Rotary, Artist Alliance of Yamhill County, and Linfield College Business Advisory Council. He currently serves on PCI’s Board of Governors, participates in PCI’s Investment and Membership committees, and is Chairman of PCI’s Finance committee.

Maria StuartMaria Stuart
Maria Stuart started her wine career in Chicago. It was there that she discovered the magic between food and wine, and especially the Pinot Noirs of the still new Oregon wine industry. During a glorious visit to the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, she met her now husband, winemaker Rob Stuart. Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1991, Maria continued to nurture her love for the Oregon wine industry with various positions in marketing, PR and events, including a 4- stint as Executive Director of the IPNC. Maria and Rob, along with two other partners, founded R. Stuart & Co. Winery in January 2002. There, Maria is the director of PR, direct marketing, and hospitality. Maria is also the author of "The Life and Times of a Pinot Mom" a blog about food, life and the wine business. In addition to the Linfield Business Advisory Council, Maria is active in several other community organizations. She is currently serving on the Boards of the following: McMinnville Downtown Association, IPNC and Visit McMinnville. She and Rob have three children, the oldest of which starts his Linfield education in the Fall of 2015. 

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson
Scott is a third-generation Linfield student and often returns to volunteer at his alma mater. Scott has been a member of the Business Advisory Council since April 2009, and he regularly comes to McMinnville to speak with classes or attend college functions. He graduated in 1994 with a double major in political science and mass communications, and went on to receive an MBA from University of Maryland. Currently, he is the business editor at The Oregonian and Oregonlive, and co-founder of a startup company (Relium Media) with several other Linfield alumni. Outside of his profession, Scott volunteers his time coaching youth wrestling in Sherwood and he enjoys outdoor activities such as rock climbing and hiking. He often fly fishes with a close-knit foursome of fellow Linfield grads, too. He tries to run at least one marathon, ultramarathon or Ironman-distance triathlon a year.

  • Larry Baker ’64, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Kellanne Henry ’83, Investment Director, Schnitzer West LLC, Bellevue, Washington
  • Craig Ostbo, Partner and Principal, Koopman Ostbo Marketing Communications
  • Dick Withnell ‘64,(Emeritus and Founding Chair) Owner, Withnell Motor Company, Salem, Oregon

From the Business Department Faculty 

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