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Salem's George Grabenhorst
Oregon Association of Realtors

George Grabenhorst

    Salem native and fourth generation REALTOR George Grabenhorst has been installed as the President of the Oregon Association of REALTORS for 2017. His term of office officially commences on Nov. 8, the day after the annual National Association of REALTORS convention adjourns. Grabenhorst has been in the real estate business for 28 years. Most recently he is a Senior Advisor with SVN Commercial Advisors in Salem. Prior to that Grabenhorst owned and operated Grabenhorst & Associates (previously Grabenhorst Bros.), a family real estate business first opened in Salem in 1910.
    Grabenhorst is a twotime Past President of the Salem Association of REALTORS and a two-time Salem REALTOR of the Year. He has been active with the statewide Oregon Association of REALTORS for many years, serving on numerous committees and boards.
    "I like to be busy," says Grabenhorst. "I feel I'm more productive the busier I am."
    "My goal for my year as President of OAR is to simply help find ways for us to be better professionals at what we do," Grabenhorst continued.
    "In that regard, I'd like to see us increase the educational requirements for both principal brokers and first-time agents. Those require legislative action, and we'll work on that during the 2017 session."
    Grabenhorst's installation, at the recent OAR Convention in Sunriver, was a family affair and continues a unique family tradition. He was formally installed by his daughter, Alisha Rae Grabenhorst. His uncle, Coburn Grabenhorst, was the OAR President in 1957. The two Grabenhorsts are believed to be the only two primarily commercial brokers to attain the OAR presidency.
    Grabenhorst succeeds Debra Gisriel of the Klamath County Association of Realtors, who remains on the OAR Executive Committee as Immediate Pas President.
    Steve Strode of the Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS is the 2018 President-Elect and will succeed Grabenhorst in 12 months.
    Grabenhorst lives on the 110-acre family farm in South Salem he grew up on, with his wife, Sunny Lyons. He specializes in land, industrial, commercial and agricultural properties. Away from the office he works on the farm, raises horses, is an avid outdoorsman, model airplane builder, golfer and has a passion for U.S. history.

Spirit of the Season
A Christmas Celebration
with the New Salem Symphony, December 15

Salem Symphony Music Director
Dallas J. Aimer

    Salem Symphony's premiere concert will bring families together for a memorable Christmas celebration and set a new standard for professionalism in Salem entertainment.
    The full orchestra will be joined by talented local vocalists and a spectacular children's choir. Salem's very own professional symphony orchestra brings to life some of the best-loved Christmas classics as well as fun-loving music from classic holiday movies. You'll make memories and establish this as a family tradition for years to come.
    Music Director Dallas J. Aimer is a award winning and celebrated conductor, composer, orchestrator, and music director who has worked on everything from Emmy award winning television shows, blockbuster movies, indie feature films, video game scores, theatrical productions, recording sessions for pop artists, to orchestral symphonic concerts and staged events.
    A seasoned veteran of the Los Angeles music industry, he has conducted orchestras around the country, as well as being able to work alongside some of the biggest artists and the best musicians in the world. Equally comfortable leading an orchestra in the recording studio as he is on the concert stage, he brings with him a unique understanding and unparalleled skill to the Salem Symphony.
    Response has been terrific, but good wishes are not enough - even brisk ticket sales account for less than half of what it takes to support a professional symphony organization. Corporate sponsorships are such a great way to show just how much your business is dedicated to the arts in our community, and an ideal method of really touching a valuable audience.

Celebrate At The 2017 SAIF Agribusiness Banquet

Cara Ayers

    A rich and proud history is honored through special entertainment with a message.

    The banquet features the humor of Cara Ayers, inspiration, and business insight along with an appreciation for agricultural values.

    SAIF will recognize an outstanding Future Farmers of America student for leadership in shaping the future of the industry.

    This fun night honors a special part of Oregonís history and culture, while looking forward to its future.

    Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron will keep the party going as Master of Ceremonies.