PORTLAND, ORE., November 21, 2008 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce Paul Kelly, Jr. was recognized by the Oregon Business Association (OBA) at the Eighth Annual Statesman Dinner on Monday, November 17, 2008. OBA’s 2008 Annual Statesman Dinner honored both Vera Katz, Oregon’s first female Speaker of the House and former Mayor of Portland, and Lynn Lundquist, former Oregon House Speaker as well as the OBA’s first president, for their extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon. In addition, the OBA recognized Mr. Kelly as one of six business leaders for his contributions on critical public policy issues.
Mr. Kelly was recognized for his achievements serving as the president of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board for the Oregon University System appointed by Governor Kulongoski. The Board seeks to capitalize on Oregon’s higher educational system in collaboration with business, educational and legislative leaders to promote, fund and increase opportunities for Oregon’s university systems.
Mr. Kelly is presently Of Counsel with Garvey Schubert Barer. “Paul’s dedication to serving Oregon is a testament to Garvey Schubert Barer's longstanding commitment to public service. We’re proud of his accomplishments – they reflect one of the founding principles of our firm,” said Stephen Connolly, Managing Director of Garvey Schubert Barer’s Portland office.
Prior to joining Garvey Schubert Barer, Mr. Kelly spent much of his career at Nike, Inc., serving in several key roles including Nike's global director of public affairs, general counsel, general counsel for the European, Middle Eastern and North African region, and general counsel for international law and government affairs.
About the Oregon Business Association
The Oregon Business Association is an organization of business leaders dedicated to bipartisan public policies that promote and impact Oregon’s economic vitality and climate. The OBA is focused on six core areas that shape Oregon’s future: Business and Finance, Education, Environment and Economic Development, Good Government, Health Policy and Transportation. Formed in 1998 by a group of business leaders, OBA provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon’s long-term economic competitiveness in the global economy. The OBA engages Oregon business large and small, urban and rural, to find collaborative solutions that make our state a great place to live and work.