Each year, the Portland Business Journal selects the most influential young professionals to be honored at the 40 Under 40 ceremony. We want to offer a huge congratulations to four of our alumni for achieving this amazing accomplishment: Paul Andrews '04, Nora Sheils '98, Afton Walsh '03, and Mike Nierengarten '99. We are in awe of the work you are doing in our community and captivated by how your innovative ideas are shaping our future. Read the Portland Business Journal article here.
Nora Sheils '98
CEO of Bridal Bliss INC and Co-Founder of Rock Paper Coin, INC
"The impact of a Jesuit education doesn't leave you. Outside of intellectual development, my Jesuit experiences in high school and college have challenged me to always do better and shift the focus of my life from myself to others. The relationships formed in my time at Jesuit have had a lasting impression on me and provided me with priceless lifelong friendships."
Mike Nierengarten '99
President & Founder at Obility, Co-Founder at Dregs Vodka
"The aspect of Jesuit that has most stuck with me is the expectation to succeed. Every student at Jesuit expected to go to college and pursue their goals. There was never a question of if it would happen, there was always an expectation that it will happen. I have carried that into my current work/life as I take risks in starting or acquiring companies. My expectation is for these companies to be successful."
Paul Andrews '04
Commercial Real Estate Broker, Melvin Mark
Board Director, Oregon Historical Society, Property and Facilities Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member
Board Director, Pioneer Courthouse Square Inc., Executive Committee Member
"The aspect of my Jesuit education that has meant the most to me has been lessons on the incredible value of community; community not only in terms of connection to family and friends, but also community as engagement and service to the greater good. We are all in this together. It truly takes a village to solve a problem. I know things will get better and that together we will get through this uniquely challenging time."
Afton Walsh '03
Director of Community Engagement – Walsh Construction
"I am humbled to be honored in the 40 under 40 group. Jesuit was a very special place that taught me the value of community and gave me many opportunities, like leading the October Women's Encounter, to develop the leadership skills I still use today."