Arthur Hitchcock



Profile: Arthur Hitchcock is an art director and photographer working frequently in both the commercial and fine art world. He has provided photographic and art direction services for clients clients of all sizes in the US, Japan, Europe, and everywhere in between. His recent clients include Mediasurf Communications, Airbnb, The Good Mod, Core 77, and Dwell Magazine.His work often focuses on contemporary design/creative process, beautiful spaces, and compelling individuals. He was born in the Midwest, raised in Long Beach, CA, and is now pursuing a fully nomadic lifestyle with a home base in Portland, OR

Bonnie Hoffmann



Company: 71 & Change

Profile: Born and raised in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, Bonnie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Advertising and a Certificate in Technology, Arts and Media. She went on to complete an esteemed summer design intensive at Parsons The New School for design in 2D animation. With over five years of professional experience, she specializes in brand identity and art direction for both print and digital applications. After years of managing and operating her own design agency, Faun Design Studio, out of WeWork Custom House in Portland’s Pearl District. She is currently transitioning to a design consultant position for the change management company, 71 & Change. She is working primarily with their client Nike alongside participating in design and community events around Portland.


Bob Smith



Profile: Born in in Hollywood, California, Bob Smith’s family moved to Oregon in the 1970s. Bob spent 11 years working at Nike where he founded the influential vintage-inspired Nike Sportswear Apparel Collection in 2004. He went on to work with with Pendleton Woolen Mills, designed the launch collection for Dehen 1920, among other foundational Pacific Northwest brands. Bob currently designs the Men’s Tennis collection for New Balance, and has founded OreCal Sportswear, a premium vintage West Coast inspired apparel collection which finds it’s inspiration in the West Coast states where Bob grew up.

Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel



Profile: The Helio Sequence is Portland band/production duo Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel. On the band side of things they’ve been recording and performing professionally for over 15 years, releasing six full-length albums working with legendary label Sub Pop and touring internationally both headlining and in support of some amazing bands (Modest Mouse, Kings of Leon, Keane, The Joy Formidable, Death Cab For Cutie, and more). On the studio side of things, they own and operate a full-service recording and production boutique Helio Sound, providing a wide range of skills including custom composition, licensing, sound design, mixing, and mastering. Their music has been used in ad campaigns by Apple, Nike, Coach, Levi’s, Dr. Martens, Target, Microsoft and more, as well as numerous films and TV shows. 

Brandon and Benjamin maintain a strong connection with Portland’s vibrant music scene and are interested in fostering musical and cultural connections with Uplift.

They understand that the universal language of music knows no boundaries and are always excited about finding ways that music can communicate and enhance any experience.


Brenda Russell



Profile: Spirit Alive! is the culmination of Brenda Russell's 32 years of dance experience combined with her desire to create an aerobic moving meditation that decreases stress, increases energy, and puts the participant in a state of mindfulness. This movement modality combines West African Dance, American jazz and blues dance, Qi Gong, and American aerobics.

Spirit Alive! is a 60 to 90 minute moving meditation set to a specific playlist of recorded music or to a live accompaniment of African based drumming, improvised rhythm instruments and guitar. Part of the Spirit Alive! philosophy is that the ancestry of the musician's training and the spirituality of the instrument itself are present for the dancer to interact with as well as to facilitate a meditative state. Spirit Alive! is meant to inspire a flexible spine, articulated pelvis, and the development of poly-rhythmic movements. It is movement super-food.

At the heart of Spirit Alive! is Brenda's belief that if a person moves the same way too repetitively, then the body doesn't get the movement nutrients it needs. Thus, through presenting unfamiliar movements, and brain/body teasers, Spirit Alive! offers participants an opportunity to stimulate their brain and nervous system and expand their neuropathways.



Britt Howard


Company: Portland Garment Factory

Profile: Driven by creative curiosity, Britt Howard has been an artist, designer, and entrepreneur since age 12. In 2008, recognizing a need within the Portland design community for a clothing manufacturer, Britt opened Portland Garment Factory (PGF), a design + build garment and soft goods manufacturing house in SE Portland. From 2011–2017 she designed PGF’s in-house womenswear line, HOWARD. As an artist, mother, activist, public speaker, and business owner, Britt works passionately on projects and initiatives to improve the community and planet.

Portland Garment Factory is a full-scale prototyping and creative partner, working on diverse projects, from large-scale, one-of-a-kind installations, to soft goods line production for companies big and small. PGF is committed to redefining what it means to be a factory through environmental sustainability initiatives, ethical labor practices, and positive community impact. As a zero waste facility, PGF is proud to be Silver Certified by the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work Program.


Bryan Wasetis


Company: Aspect Law Group

Profile: Bryan Wasetis is a Portland, Oregon based attorney that works specifically with the creative community. He is a co-founder of Aspect Law Group and specializes in business and intellectual property law, including contract drafting and negotiations, copyright and trademark registration and protection, and business formation and restructuring.

Bryan is also an avid supporter of community-based activities and Portland’s art and culture scene. He is on the board of directors of the non-profits Design Week Portland and the Portland Indie Game Squad, and volunteers his time helping small businesses and artists through the Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic.

Butch Bannon


Company: Frances

Profile: Butch is an entrepreneur and business executive with 15 years of experience within the branded consumer products and technology industries. Butch has founded, built and successfully exited two companies. He has played key roles in strategic marketing and innovation programs for leading global brands including; Red Bull, P&G, Nike, adidas, Columbia Sportswear, BMW, Bloch Worldwide, Fox Studios, as well as, many start up organizations.

Currently, Butch operates a boutique advisory firm called Frances focused on the global active lifestyle market. The firm offers business development services associated with strategic growth and business development initiatives including; licensing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisition. Partners include; Retail Prodigy Group (Nike’s retail partner in Australia / New Zealand), Lempriere Capital Partners, The Merino Company, Little Island Creamery, New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry, Proud Mary Coffee, House of Antique Hardware and a number of consumer focused middle market private equity funds.

As Partner at Portland's Meriwether Group, Butch played an integral role with the sale of KLIM to Polaris, Bike Gallery to a large national Trek retailer, a partial sale of Dave's Killer Bread to Goode Partners and the sale of yogitoes to Manduka.

He is a minority shareholder in a number of businesses including, venture backed batterii, Curious Beast and Sadie Golf.

Caesy Oney


Company: Draught Dry GoodsOdd Fellow Company


Profile: Caesy Oney is a multidisciplinary artist and designer currently residing in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, he founded Draught Dry Goods, a creative studio focused on art objects and bag and accessory design. Caesy's work has been published on several online and print publications including: GQ Magazine, Wired Magazine, W Magazine, and Taken by Surprise, Cutting Edge Collaborations Between Designers, Artists, and Brands a book published in 2012 by Gestalten, and several others.  In 2014, he was named by Complex Magazine as one of "30 Designers Under 30 to Watch."  Caesy is also the co-owner and creative director of Odd Fellow Company, a unique partnership with a Portland-based, third generation garment factory which produces cut-and-sew jackets and accessories in Portland, Oregon.  In 2012, Caesy established 7K, a 2700 sq ft mixed use creative space located in SE industrial Portland, which functions as the workshop and studio of Draught Dry Goods and the studio and meeting space of several Portland artists and designers.  Caesy also shoots commercial and editorial photo work for various clients.

Cecilia Doan


Company: Instrument

Profile: Cecilia Doan is Brand Manager at Instrument, an independent digital creative agency in Portland. Cecilia is a Portland native and Design Management (Advertising) graduate from the Art Institute of Portland. She has been with Instrument for four years, where she started out as a digital and brand strategist for the Nike and Google accounts. As Brand Manager, she curates the Instrument narrative across web, social, internal communications, PR, and community partnerships—connecting Instrument with the greater creative and tech community globally. 

Instrument was founded in 2003. The Partners are Vince LaVecchia (Chief Operations Officer), Justin Lewis (Chief Executive Officer) and JD Hooge (Chief Creative Officer). With over 120 employees at their headquarters in Portland, Instrument builds digital brands, products and campaigns for global companies and institutions including Nike, Google, Levi’s, Patagonia, eBay and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Chris Butler


Company: Evolve Collaborative

Profile: Chris Butler spent the majority of his early career looking into peoples cupboards trying to figure out why they behave the way they do. These days he is an expert in translating insight into actionable strategy connecting people with products and brands.  Chris is a founding partner of Evolve Collaborative.  

Evolve Collaborative is a design, strategy and innovation agency who partners with brands to deliver relevant products, services and experiences that make a difference. Evolve was founded in 2014 upon the idea that the best design always arises from collaboration and working with the partners directly.  

Christina Okubo


Company: O/Department, INIMINI

Languages: Japanese and English

Profile: Christina Okubo is a brand Innovation and creative consultant with over 12 years of experience working with fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.  She has created brand experiences for companies such as Levi's, Target and American Apparel, as well as niche luxury brands such as Hourglass Cosmetics.  She has lead strategy and creative development for global campaigns, rolled out an international re-branding effort and opened over 25 retail stores across Northern America.

She currently operates O/Department, a boutique brand consultancy based in Los Angeles, California and is also the founder of INIMINI, a unisex baby apparel brand.

Conrad Crespin


Profile: Conrad Crespin is an multidisciplinary creative living in Portland, Oregon. He is a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Portland State University. He has exhibited at galleries across the United States including White Walls(San Francisco), Flatcolor Gallery(Seattle), and One Grand Gallery(Portland). His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Sight Unseen, Trendhal, and elsewhere. Conrad also works as a curator at Compound Gallery(Portland) and adjunct instructor in the Graphic Design program at Portland State University. He is interested in the intersection of art & design, semiotics, collaborative efforts, and the intangible aspects of creative endeavors.

Caleb Yarian

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Company: Work & Co

Profile: Caleb is the director of strategy for Work & Co's Portland office. 

Work & Co is a digital product agency with offices in Portland, Brooklyn, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We design and develop the digital products people love to use every day, in partnership with clients that include Facebook, Google, Marriott, Aesop, and Virgin America. We believe the best digital products require small, senior teams who are hands-on from start to finish—an approach Forrester Research has called "a model to follow."

Eric Bagdonas


Company: Stumptown Printers

Profile: Eric Bagdonas is a co-founder/co-owner of Stumptown Printers. Beginning with independent publishing projects, he has worked in the print industry since the early 90s, and has maintained an interest in analog art, print design, and printing history. He has taught workshops at the Independent Publishing Resource Center and Oregon College of Art & Craft.  

In addition to print work, Eric and the other co-owners of Stumptown Printers are invested in Portland’s independent music, art, and bicycle transportation communities. They have ongoing involvement in events and organizations related to these interests, including the Portland Old Time Music Gathering and the C.C. Stern Type Foundry. 

Stumptown Printers was founded in 1999 in Portland, Oregon, and is regarded as an early leader of the current American craft printing renaissance. Known for unique media and music packaging designs, custom letterpress and offset printed cards, posters, and other paper goods, the distinct work of Stumptown Printers has been referred to as the “look and feel of Portland.” 

Eugene Serebrennikov



Profile: Eugene Serebrennikov is the founder and Creative Director of Burn & Broad, a multi-disciplinary design studio located in Portland, OR. The studio's focus spans across a wide range of disciplines including advertising, animation, art direction, branding, environment design, identity, illustration, print, packaging, photography and strategy. 

Burn & Broad's clients include Nike, Budweiser, Pepsi, Warner Music Group, Labrewatory, and more. The B&B team believes in the true power of design, and anchor everything in the belief that imagination and creativity have the power to move and inspire us.

Ezra Cimino-Hurt


Profile: Born in Middle Tennessee, Ezra has traveled all over the US and found his home in Portland, OR in 2002. He has been a creative soul and maker of things his whole life, but has specialized in Carpentry, Audio, and Film. Ezra started a company called Case of Bass in 2012, custom building unique artistic sound-systems/boomboxes for the masses and fell in love with the creative process of making something from your imagination and sharing it with the world. The evolution of the business has allowed him to work with many fabrication materials, processes, finishes, with imagination being the bounds. He has a strong dimensional vision and takes design from the most vague descriptors to actualized concepts with excitement and zeal.

The process of creating something from nothing excites him every day. The development of the Case of Bass brand has been equally thrilling and challenging, making it spread to almost every continent with customer loyalty and pride. Growing to a national, scalable brand is on the horizon, but he will always find his strengths in making the special, one-of-a kind creation that tells a story while making you smile. 


Fritz Mesenbrink & Jeremy Pelley


Company: OMFGCO

Profile: Fritz Mesenbrink and Jeremy Pelley are co-founders and Creative Directors of OMFGCO, a full-service creative agency located in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Their client roster includes Ace Hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Woodblock Chocolate, Olympia Provisions and more.

The team at OMFGCO understands that a brand is much more than a logo. They love digging deep, finding meaningful insights and figuring out the best and most beautiful possible way to express them. Regardless of the type of client or problem to be solved, they apply the same principles, strategy and heart to all they do. They have worked in hospitality, retail design, packaging, and product design, and are ready to tackle whatever branding problem you need solved.

Fumiko Hozumi and Jason Duffany


Company: Obon

Profile: Based in Portland, Oregon, Obon is a two-person company, comprised of Fumiko Hozumi, a native Japanese woman & Jason Duffany, her US-born husband. Both are obsessed with delicious, high-quality food, but while Fumiko likes to recreate favorite recipes from her upbringing, Jason improvises with local ingredients & incorporates elements of flavor from other cultures. Throughout all their dishes there are elements of Thai, Indian, Mediterranean & Cajun cooking.

Obon was birthed in 2014 to provide an alternative to the fast food culture that dominates our society’s culinary landscape. They use as many locally grown ingredients as possible, try to use organically grown foods & make sure they’re at least free of genetically modified organisms. Obon’s main endeavor is to feed people delicious, healthy, sustainably grown food at an affordable price.

In addition to catering private events, they can be found hosting popup dinners at various bars & cafes around town. Every Wednesday they sell hot food at People’s Food Co-Op’s Farmers’ Market & at Hillsdale Farmers’ Market on Sundays. Another product that they sell around town is Rice Crisps: Crunchy, flavorful snacks made from sprouted brown rice & deep fried in coconut oil.