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For decades, we have delivered highly effective hotel development and management services, consistently exceeding the expectations of owners and investors, while fostering the development of our associates into the next generation of hospitality leaders. After 25 years in business, InnSight Hotel Management Group changed its name to Mereté Hotel Management. Pronounced mahr-a-tay, the change to Mereté is a reflection of the company’s growth over the last 25 years and the future as we continue to expand our management portfolio. Meraki and Areté are the touchstones of our company and our culture.
Element Bend, One of our Sustainable Hotel Properties
Taking inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us, our hotel was built with environmental sustainability and guest well-being in mind. You’ll enjoy the efficient and flowing design that maximizes space in our guest rooms and public areas. Each of our suites at our extended stay hotel in Bend Oregon has a full kitchen to ensure convenience and to meet your cooking needs whether it’s just for you or for your family. There are many things to do in Bend, such as taking a hike in the high desert, rafting down the Deschutes River, or taking one of our complimentary bikes out and discovering the beauty of Bend, Oregon. Your furry friends are more than welcome in our pet-friendly hotel. Wake up every morning to our Rise complimentary breakfast in Bend. Explore downtown Bend or the Old Mill District and enjoy the character-filled local breweries, shops, and restaurants, then relax in our indoor pool and spa. When looking for the best places to stay in Bend Oregon, always choose Element Bend by Westin.
Founded in 2007, GreenSavers is the only home performance contractor in the Pacific Northwest recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency for outstanding professionalism, strong customer service, and a commitment to improving homes with building science solutions.
GreenSavers stands out as a 5-time winner of the US Department of Energy’s Century Club Award. The award recognizes an elite group of contractors that improved the performance of 100 or more homes in the past year.
Over the past 2 years, GreenSavers improved the performance of more than 650 homes. Their retrofits reduced greenhouse gas emissions that are equal to the emissions released by burning 660,000 lbs. of coal.
Rafi is a commercial real estate finance veteran with over 15 years of experience in CRE, Commercial Real Estate, structured finance, loan origination and equity investments. Prior to founding PACE Loan Group, Rafi spent his career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director at Ladder Capital, a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust. At Ladder, Rafi focused on the origination of commercial backed mortgage securities, balance sheet and mezzanine loans as well as equity investments. Prior to Ladder, Rafi worked at Gramercy Capital conducting asset management and loan workouts. Rafi began his career at Credit Suisse in its large loan commercial real estate group. Throughout his career, Rafi has originated and closed over $2.5 billion of commercial real estate loans throughout the country. Rafi has a BS from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
Mr. Grabell leads Dividend’s commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing business. He joined Dividend in 2015 to develop the division’s strategy and operations. Dividend is Program Administrator for the California Enterprise Development Association (CEDA) PACE program, and a PACE capital provider in states with operating PACE programs.
Mr. Grabell has worked in commercial real estate finance for over 30 years. Prior to Dividend, for 12 years Mr. Grabell was Executive Vice President of Bridger Commercial Funding, leading a team that originated commercial real estate loans for securitization that were sourced from commercial banks. His group funded over 1,100 loans, providing $5 Billion of financing. Mr. Grabell also advised banks on recovery strategies for problem real estate assets as Managing Director at Clark Street Capital. Earlier, he worked within a new ventures group at GE Capital Real Estate, and in syndications for two commercial real estate investment firms. Mr. Grabell obtained his MBA degree from Columbia Business School and his BA degree from Haverford College. He is a licensed real estate broker in California. Mr. Grabell serves on the Board of Directors of PACENation, the PACE industry’s trade group. He is also on the National Board of Governors for the Gift of Adoption Fund, which provides adoption assistance grants to deserving families and their prospective adoptee(s). He is the Independent Director for Goal Investment Group, a $100 Million specialty finance, asset management and trust administration firm headquartered in San Diego.
Central Electric’s service area includes seven counties in central and eastern Oregon:
Drive Clean and Earn Green: CEC Electric Vehicle & Charger Rebate Program: As part of Central Electric Cooperative’s efforts to promote transportation electrification, CEC is offering rebates through our Electric Vehicle & Charger Rebate Program. CEC members are eligible to apply for both the registration and charger rebate programs.
Max Roe, founded Coyote Worx in 2019, a project management consulting company focused on commercial and renewable energy development. He is an experienced builder, and real estate asset manager/investor, specializing in renewable energy with more than 10 years of industry experience. Max Roe, John Copyak, and Boris Feldman founded Shasta Power in 2021 to provide opportunities for investors to support solar projects directly, and to aid the US in a rapid transition to solar energy.
Shasta Power, aims to deliver 600 Megawatts of solar energy and 1,200 MWh of battery energy storage across three development sites. Targeting retiring fossil fuel power plants and other unique opportunities across the mountain west. The Shasta Power team has transacted on over 2 Gigawatts of solar energy and storage projects, most recently the Angeles Summit solar development in Adelanto, CA a 200 MW solar plus storage facility on target for an operation date of March 2024.
With the electric car landscape changing rapidly, it can be hard to know what EV charger manufacturers to trust. Green Cap Energy in collaboration with national brand partners has placed hundreds of commercial stations across the US. With years of experience, our experts work to find the right strategy and the right equipment for your specific needs. We work through electrical solutions to make it all come together in a budget-wise manner. Our network of licensed, certified professionals in your location will help you site the project and install it at the highest standard of excellence. If you have an electrical contractor already, we can work with your own professional, ensuring you a job well done that you can trust. Contact us today to learn more about the availability and pricing of installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations for your business.
Our Mission: Midstate Electric Cooperative delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective energy services while providing outstanding service to our members and communities.
MEC Energy Efficiency Services
Conservation is more important than ever in this economy. MEC offers Free Energy Audits, Rebates, and tips to our members for installing energy-saving measures and adjusting their lifestyles to make their homes more efficient. Rebates are available on ENERGY STAR® appliances, heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, duct sealing, windows, weatherization and manufactured homes.
We also have a $100 Electric Vehicle incentive that adds to other incentives available from the Federal Government and State of Oregon.
Karen Rugg is the founder & owner of Perennial Building, a general contracting company based in Bend, Oregon with the mission to foster sustainability, equity and community through the built environment. Her interest in sustainability and the built environment started at an early age, leading her to get a Masters of City and Regional Planning, focusing on real estate development and sustainable affordable housing. She transitioned into the commercial construction industry shortly after graduation where she attained LEED Accreditation. Since 2006, she has successfully managed over $140M in construction projects in the hospitality sector. After moving to Bend in 2018, she founded Perennial Building which focuses on building homes from hemplime, a natural, non-toxic & fire resistant material to construct the shell of a building. Over the years Karen has made time to pursue personal interests such as obtaining a Permaculture Design Certificate, working at several indoor and outdoor farms, and attending the Earthship Building Academy at Earthship Biotecture in Taos, NM.
Counterpointe Sustainable Real Estate (CounterpointeSRE) is a leading commercial real estate finance provider specializing in sustainable infrastructure improvements. Since 2013, Counterpointe has administered PACE programs in some of the largest and most active jurisdictions of the PACE industry and is a respected leading national C-PACE capital provider. Over the past decade, we have played a leadership role in the PACE industry driving investment toward clean energy, resiliency and energy efficiency in our nation’s commercial buildings.
Since 1997 we have been selling internationally to an array of satisfied customers including chart topping Grammy winning recording artists and producers to the up-and-coming garage band musicians and amateur voice over artists. We offer three levels of sound isolation in four different series to meet most any sound isolation need. Our Silver and Gold Series are single wall designs and the Platinum Series a double wall design. Our Diamond Series is a five sided pentagonal shaped room, to reduce standing waves, which is available in either our Gold or Platinum wall construction.
Founded in Central Oregon in 1989, SunWest Builders has grown from a small, client-based company to a regional general construction industry leader. This structured growth and success is a direct result from our work’s quality and the relationships we form with our clients. As the Central Oregon construction market has expanded and diversified over the past 30+ years, SunWest has consistently been at the forefront of innovativedelivery, problem-solving, and shared risk management. SunWest’s experience extends to our extensive portfolio with numerous architects. Together, we collaboratively deliver innovative, sustainable, cost and schedule-accurate projects across Central Oregon. Our success in delivering projects within budget, scope, and schedule has contributed to our substantial list of clientele and longevity in the area. SunWest continues to provide clients and design teams with best-practice knowledge to optimize budgets, maximize programming value, and realize project goals – all while minimizing impacts to the neighborhoods and communities where we work. Our work across the region represents a portfolio of over 500 projects completed in the past fifteen years. In 2022, SunWest is still a local company with strong community ties and an unmatched relationship with Central Oregon subcontractor markets.
Robert joined First Interstate Bank in 2013, and currently oversees retail banking, commercial & business banking, treasury management, SBA lending and commercial real estate lending for the bank’s Portland and Seattle Metro markets. Robert has over 25 years of leadership experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining FIB, Robert held Executive and Senior level positions at other financial institutions in the Portland, Seattle and Dallas, TX markets. In 2003, he was instrumental in launching Capital Pacific Bank a new Portland-based business bank as the Executive Vice President overseeing the sales team, marketing and business development. He and his team were successful in growing the bank’s balance sheet to over $200 million in loans and $100 million in deposits in its first 5 years and the bank was eventually acquired by Columbia Bank.
Robert is experienced with CPACE lending programs and successfully integrated PACE loans into two flagship commercial projects that First Interstate financed in Portland – “Premier Gear & Machine Works Building” (Class-A office adaptive reuse) and “The PAE Living Building” (zero- carbon office ground-up construction project). Robert is very active in the Portland community and has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with local non-profits and business organizations.
Jack Schniepp founded Cascade Financial Strategies to provide comprehensive financial planning, and investment management to families, individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Before moving to Bend in 2002 to begin a career in financial services, Jack spent ten years as a professor and head baseball coach at Concordia University in Irvine CA. His experience and passion for teaching and coaching has provided a natural and successful transition into the realm of financial planning. Jack’s primary focus, and the greatest need of his clients, is establishing and maintaining strategies that address the income needs of current and future generations.
Jack has also obtained the additional financial planning designation as a Chartered Financial Consultant™. He is also registered with USSIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, evaluating portfolios using ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) criteria.
Doug is DHP’s mad scientist and with 20 years of experience in healthcare and 6 years experience in building science for a premier local subcontractor, he has a way of looking at building science that is unique. He has been asked to consult on some truly amazing projects from Living Building Challenge and ultra-low energy load homes to preforming a blower door test on a military tank. If you have a building science issue then he is the right person for the job. Doug is also a 3rd party verifier (both commercial and residential) that works with owners to verify energy and efficiency upgrades so that they can qualify for enhanced financing.
Republic Services has long been a leader in environmental services and sustainability. Through landfill and fleet innovation, recycling and circularity of key materials, and renewable energy production, our environmentally responsible operations increase efficiency and help our customers meet their goals. We are committed to transparency and disclosure through our sustainability reporting, and we’re proud to show progress toward our 2030 goals and our path to a low-carbon future.
“The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® (COAR) is the voice of the real estate industry in Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson and Harney Counties. COAR serves REALTORS® by maintaining ethical standards, providing continuing education, promoting the value of REALTORS®, and advocating on behalf of the real estate industry.”
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