The Dunken Group Client Appreciation 2015

Tables upon tables of happy clients!
Tables upon tables of happy clients!

I look forward to my client appreciation dinners each year.  I get the chance to show clients my gratitude by hosting an event at one of the top tier restaurants in the Pearl District. Last year was at Jamison on the Square, which was excellent.  This year it was at OBA! Another great choice!  The afternoon was well spent.

The Agenda
The Agenda

The food was impeccable – everything delicious, bountiful, and creatively plated. The service was profound: Oba! managed to serve 65 people, many with individual dietary needs, in an efficient and thoughtful manner. (Anyone considering holding a large-scale party or dinner should consider using Oba!, they were wonderful).

Place Setting
Beautiful Place Setting

The ambiance of the day was upbeat and fun, enhanced by the Dan Balmer Jazz Trio.  The Trio played a diverse selection of originals and standards during the meet and greet and cocktail time and provided a nice backdrop to some interesting and fun conversations.

Two of The Dan Ballmer Trio
Two of The Dan Ballmer Trio

My reward for these events is always getting to see everyone in the same place. Some of you I have known as long as 50 years or more from my school days in Forest Grove!  

The relationships I have built with clients are long and lasting and I am proud of that – it’s the thing I most love about my work, and this event gives me a chance to thank you and reflect on how grateful I am for the experience of working with you.  I have known several of you for so long I am now helping your sons and daughters with their real estate needs!

Everyone had a great time, ate some delicious food, listened to excellent live music played by a local band, and spent time laughing and enjoying themselves.

A smashing success, and I already can’t wait for next year’s dinner!

Pearl District Business Association Real Estate Sales Person of the Year: Judie Dunken!

business awardsI am proud to share that I was recognized as the “Real Estate Sales Person of the Year” by the Pearl Business Association.  What a wonderful surprise and honor!

The awards were announced at a lovely luncheon at the Benson Hotel earlier this month.

I have already visited two other winners for some business purchases, visiting Gann Brothers Printing for my printing needs and picking up some gift cards for clients from Nossa Familia coffee.  I also found out that Duane Cook, who runs Pearl Ace Hardware, grew up in Forest Grove, and I was best friends with his sister!  Nothing quite like the Pearl District community, it truly is a small world.

I am so grateful to those to acknowledged me with their votes, and to be recognized alongside some amazing businesses who are also part of the fabric of the community in the Pearl District.  A true honor.

NW Examiner Community Awards Dinner!

examiner

The NW Examiner is a gem, one of the things that makes the Northwest part of Portland (including The Pearl!) my favorite community. (You may have seen my ads in the paper in the past. I love working with them and supporting what I think is a wonderful part of our little corner of the world).

The NW Examiner Community Awards are an opportunity for the paper to recognize the hard work done by the awardees throughout the year to make our community even better.

It was inspiring to hear the work people have accomplished this year. These are people that are making a difference in our community in NW Portland!

I was proud to be a sponsor of this event and participate. If you love your community, you can get involved too.

Call me if you would like to know more about this event or an opportunity to contribute! I’d love to talk about it.

Art in the Pearl

Well, it’s taken longer to get back to this than I had anticipated. It has been so long since my last vacation that I forgot how to end it. But now I’m back and recharged just in time for the 15th annual “Art in the Pearl” festival.

This event starts tomorrow and goes through Labor Day in the North Park blocks between NW Couch and NW Flanders. There will be around 130 artists showing and selling their work, a World Music Stage with artists performing world or roots music, and there will be lots of delicious food available.  The weather will be sunny and warm while the beautiful trees of the North Park blocks provide plenty of shade so that you can fully enjoy the day. All events are free, and the festival goes from 10am to 6pm (5pm on Monday).