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Mac Prichard

Mac Prichard

Founder and publisher of Mac’s List, Mac also owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations and social media agency that serves nonprofits, public agencies, and foundations across the country. Want the full resume? See Mac’s LinkedIn page. Follow Mac on Twitter @Mac_Prichard.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

Des Moines Register carrier. You learn a lot about time management and how to persuade others while delivering newspapers and going door-to-door collecting unpaid bills.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Kai is a Weimaraner, so no question: fashion blogger.

My Neighborhood

Ladd’s Addition. It’s famous for its historic homes and mature elm trees that create a forested canopy in the summer you won’t find anywhere else in Portland.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

The locally owned and operated 3 Doors Down Café & Lounge. The spicy Fra Diavolo (a mix of seafood and pasta) gets better and better every year.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Where else will you find Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, and deer in the center of the city?

Best Food Cart in Portland

Spoons at SW Stark and Fifth. The kale salad is delicious.

My Favorite Theater

The Hollywood, an old movie palace from the 1920s, with a terrific mix of old, new and foreign films.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Red Light Exchange. Great clothes and the most creative window displays in town.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Peet’s across from the Bagdad Theater in Southeast Portland. Great, friendly baristas and it’s right around the corner from my home.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Morrison Bridge. It opened in 1958, so we’re almost exactly the same age and I ride its bike lane twice a day to and from work.

 

Ben Forstag

Ben Forstag

Ben Forstag is Managing Director of Mac’s List, and is responsible for the organization’s editorial and business operations. Ben has an extensive background in communications and marketing, primarily in the nonprofit and healthcare sector. See Ben’s LinkedIn page. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenForstag or email him at ben@macslist.org.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

My first full-time job was as a year-round Outdoor Education Coordinator at YMCA Camp Fitch, on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. A very small staff ran the entire facility, and everyone shared duties—including the dirty work. I learned to embrace any task—no matter how seemingly menial—as an important part of a bigger team-driven mission. I also learned not to be afraid of snakes. 

If My Favorite Pet Had A Job, What Would It Be?

Claudius is a temperamental tabby cat who sleeps all day and spends his evenings nipping at any toes not covered by a blanket. He’d be a great late-shift bartender at a dive that only serves beer and whisky.

My Neighborhood

I live in Foster-Powell (AKA: FoPo!) on the far southeast side of Portland. It is a diverse neighborhood, with old homes, lovely parks, and a growing food scene.

Portland Restaurant That I Enjoy The Most

Nayar Taqueria on SE Foster Avenue. This place has the best burritos in town and the friendly owner knows just about everyone in the neighborhood.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Mt. Tabor Park. Portland is one of only four cities in the U.S. to have an extinct volcano within its municipal boundaries. Mt. Tabor is a great place to run, bike, or picnic under the shade of huge Douglas Firs.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Bulgogi Fusion at 5th and Stark. I am addicted to their seaweed wraps and bibimbop burritos.

My Favorite Theater

Cathedral Park, when it is being used to host performances of Trek in the Park.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Does Hippo Hardware count?

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely To Find Me

Space Monkey Coffee in the Woodstock-Arleta neighborhood. It’s close to my home and always has great pastries.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Hawthorne Bridge. This is the bridge I take on my commute into work. I love seeing the sunrise reflect off the Portland skyline as I bike or run across the river.

 

Cecilia Bianco

Cecilia is the Community Manager of Mac’s List. Cecilia manages the online communications for Mac’s List, as well as all customer service needs. She blogs weekly about the Oregon job market, unique work opportunities, career development, and how to find the perfect job. See Cecilia’s LinkedIn page. Follow Cecilia on Twitter @Ceciliamfbianco.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

The University of Oregon Ticket Office, where I learned the ins and outs of customer service and that I enjoy talking to people all day long! My job selling tickets on five different systems taught me how to stay organized and pay attention to small, seemingly incidental details that can cause absolute mayhem if entered incorrectly.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Buddy is a mini Australian Shepard, and he has the silkiest coat of black fur with the perfect patches of copper and white—so naturally, he’d be a hair model.

My Neighborhood

I live out in Redland—a small town outside of Oregon City. I commute out of the forest into the city everyday and I love it!

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

I love a good view and a good Happy Hour, so Chart House is my top choice.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Camping on Government Island for a night! It’s a quick, fun getaway spot for Portlanders, with boats, in the summer.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Caspian Kabob on 10th and Alder–best kabobs in town.

My Favorite Theater

Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 for its incredibly comfy seats—they rock and recline—and its location, which guarantees post-movie shopping or happy hour at Twigz Martini Bar.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

I have fond memories of browsing through Stars Antiques with my mom when I was little, trying on jewelry and scouring the place for Barbies to play with.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

I’ve always been a devoted Starbucks drinker, but Jessica has turned me onto Spella Cafe, and now it’s one of my new downtown addictions.

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The St. John’s Bridge because its shape reminds me of the Tower Bridge in London and I LOVE the minty green color.

 

Anneka Winters

Anneka Winters

Finance and Office Manager for both Mac’s List and Prichard Communications.

My First Job and What It Taught Me

Tooth and Nail Records, Accountant.

The art of negotiation. The fun part of this job was very much outside of the accountant job title so I had to constantly negotiate for the “accountant” to travel with the bands.

If My Favorite Pet Had a Job What Would It Be?

Abby my cat, who was a big gray persian long hair, would be a therapist because she was good at listening to me without judgement.

My Neighborhood

Goose Hollow is amazing for not needing to use a car and for the proximity to Washington Park. I can walk 10 minutes and be either downtown or right in the middle of the forest running the trials.

Portland Restaurant I Enjoy The Most

OX. I love traveling to Argentina and the empanadas help me feel like being there again.

Portland’s Best Kept Secret

Emilio Pucci, my favorite Italian fashion designer, resided here in the 1930’s while attending Reed College and designed the ski team’s uniforms.

Best Food Cart in Portland

Grilled Cheese Grill in NE and Downtown Portland. They make the best variations of a grilled cheese sandwich. My favorite is the Hot Brie sandwich and am always thrown for a loop when they call out a classic movie star when your order is ready.

My Favorite Theater

Living Room Theatres, they serve you food and drinks while providing a reserved, comfortable seat and it is only $5 if you go on the right night.

My Favorite Vintage Shop

Magpie. I run by this shop everyday and wish I could add the window displays to my already too large vintage collection.

Coffee Shop Where You Are Most Likely to Find Me

Spella. Although I don’t drink coffee, this is the cozy coffee shop I most frequent besides Starbucks (Originally a Seattle girl). A surprising amount of people fit into that little space!

If I were a Portland bridge, I would be…

The Hawthorne Bridge. My Grandfather had a view of the bridge in the 1950’s when he had a shop right next to it downtown (now a parking garage). I feel closer to him being able to run across it every morning.

 

 

Thanks to Scott Bump for photographing the staff!