A heartfelt thank you

As I finish packing my family’s life into boxes and prepare to board a plane with a one-way ticket, I wanted to take a moment to simply say, thank you.

 

That’s not directed at one specific individual, group, or organization, but to all of you. The Portland car community at large.

 

My wife and I moved here six weeks after getting married, and knew almost no one in Portland. A few months after moving I ran into a long-time Portland Cars & Coffee attendee at the Audi dealership. It was so nice to meet a friendly car enthusiast in a place where I had nearly no friends. He told me about Portland Cars & Coffee.

My first time attending the gathering was at our previous location at the Starbucks in Tigard on Sequoia Parkway. Everyone was so friendly and the gathering was diverse. It was low-key and laid back. Maybe 25-50 enthusiasts in a parking lot on a cool winter day.

Among the long-time Portland Cars & Coffee attendees I met that first day was Mark Scholz. At the time he was one of the two gentlemen managing the gathering. When we started chatting and he learned about my background his eyes lit up. You could see the gears turning. As they say, the rest is history.

We’ve grown, a lot. What was once a group of 25-50 enthusiasts has grown into over 300 cars and 600 people on a weekly basis.

A good chunk of my closest PNW friends are because of Portland Cars & Coffee. What’s more, you aren’t just my friends, but friends that my wife and I are now close with as well. As we started a family the community supported us. The friendships I have, the things people have done to help us, I can’t begin to give thanks for.

Thank you for rallying behind Mark and I as we guided Portland Cars & Coffee through its growth and evolution.

As I transition from co-leader to more of an leadership advisor role, a special thank you to the members of Ground Control is necessary. Without this group of people, Portland Cars & Coffee would simply not exist anymore. They are the ones that make this run.

More than that, thank you all for taking my family in and making us part of yours. I will forever be grateful to this car community.

While I might not be here locally on site, you can bet I’m not gone.

Please, keep in touch.

– Joel

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Leadership Change

Effective immediately we are announcing a leadership change for Portland Cars & Coffee.

 

Current co-leader Joel Feder will be stepping down from his role.

 

The new leadership will consist of a trio of gentlemen including Mark Scholz, Mason O’Lennick, and Chris Mitchell.

Joel will assist with the transition through the 2016 season and stay on in a leadership advisor capacity there after.

Why now?

Joel and his family are moving to Minnesota, and while distance makes the heart grow fonder, it’s difficult to be in charge of a gathering when one can’t be on site frequently.

About the new leadership:

Mark Scholz –

Mark has been with Portland Cars & Coffee since the beginning in 2008. He’s a driving instructor, Italian car nut (although German cars are growing on him quickly,) and car enthusiast. By day he sells garages with homes attached, and by weekend he is either at the race track, with his daughter, or at Portland Cars & Coffee.

Mason O’Lennick –

Mason has been attending Portland Cars & Coffee for over five years and has been an active leader in Ground Control since its inception. His experience and knowledge spans topics such as business operations, non-profits, legal, and is of course, an automotive enthusiast. He’s active in the local car community with the BMW club and is an avid DIYer.

Chris Mitchell –

Chris has been coming to Portland Cars & Coffee well over five years and has been an active leader in Ground Control since its inception. His background includes digital marketing and branding strategy, small business management, along with event planning. Chris spends most of his time racing or helping other automotive groups around the PNW, and regardless if it’s Saturday, is a regular coffee addict, always willing to lend a hand.

We are excited about this new chapter in Portland Cars & Coffee’s history and look forward to seeing it continue to evolve.

– Joel, Mark, Mason, Chris

*Photo credit – Tom Hoots

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2016 Weekly Theme Calendar

You’ve spoken. Provided suggestions. Even sent in demands (kidding, sort of). We’ve listened.

 

After toiling away with dates, scheduling conflicts, and of course, arguing internally, we have a tentative 2016 calendar for the Featured Parking themes.

 

2016 Featured Parking theme calendar:

5/14 – Mercedes Day

5/21 – Porsche Day

5/28 – Default, no set theme

6/4 – Tuned Day

6/11 – Default, no set theme

6/18 – Wagon Day

6/25 – Race Car Day

7/2 – Default, no set theme

7/9 – Concours Day

7/16 – Default, no set theme

7/23 – Ferrari Day

7/30 –Stars of the DTM

8/6 – Default, no set them

8/13 – Motorcycle Day

8/20 – Default, no set theme

8/27 – Mustang Day

9/3 – JDM Day

9/10 – Mopar Day

9/17 – Default, no set theme

9/24 – Default, no set theme

10/1 – First Responders Day

10/8 – Excursion/Adventure Vehicles

10/15 – Default, no set theme

10/22 – Default, no set theme

10/29 – Default, no set theme

* *Themes and dates subject to change for various factors.

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