5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. / Portland, OR, 97211
Monday, January 29, 2018
Kennedy School History Pub
An Evening with Nelson Farris, Ambassador, Sr. Director of Nike Culture & Heritage
6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
All ages welcome
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6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. eventFreeAll ages welcome
Join Nelson Farris, a 45 year Nike veteran and Ambassador of
Culture and Nike Heritage, as he chronicles the Nike journey, from 1965 to
today. It all started with a handshake and $1000 investment and now, Nike is a
$36 billion-dollar company. Hear the first-hand stories of commitment,
teamwork, risk taking, fierce competitiveness, and unprecedented customer
service that makes Nike the success it is today.
About the Speaker:In
1955, Nelson started to run track in Junior High School in Southern California.
Eighteen running years later, involvement with the Southern California running
community connected him to Nike in Oregon. Him and his running partner thought they
could start their own Sport Shop and sell running shoes to their buddies. Their
first inventory was all Nike; a new athletic shoe that they thought was “cool”.
business did not work out, so Nelson traded in his retail and running
experience for a job with Nike, as the Southern California Promotional, Direct
Sales, and Retail Manager. “Best decision I ever made,” says Nelson, “it was my
dream job.” Over 40 years, 5 moves, 20 different jobs, and a million miles
traveled to over 60 countries later, he now serves Nike employees globally and
contributes to employee education and development, helping to build a better
Nike for the future.
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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