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Meet Nong
Member Story

Meet Nong,
entrepreneur and culinary legend.

Nong Poonsukwattana arrived in Portland, OR in 2003.

With $70 in her pocket, and all of her belongings fitting into two suitcases, she set out to start her life in the Rose City.

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CaveSim
With a passion for cave exploration and protecting the world around him, Dave Jackson turned his hobby into a full time job when he created CaveSim. Now Dave travels from state to state, helping to educate others about cave systems, and how to explore them safely.
The Next Blue Zone
Robbie Wilson, is the co-owner of the Botanist House bar and restaurant. His next goal is Project Relevance - networking ghost kitchens for the community to create a new Blue Zone in the Pacific Northwest.
A Red Rubber Ball
When Kevin Carroll came to First Tech to get a loan to help self publish his first book, he didn’t realize he would be igniting a career inspiring everyone from children to Fortune 500 CEOs.
Aloha on a Plate
Meet Jensen: a small business owner, husband, dad, and proud member of First Tech. He hails from Hawaii and brings with him a unique flavor of the islands, which he has parlayed into a successful business.
Catching Up With Nong
Nong is not only a key individual in the Portland restaurant scene, she's also an inspiration and example of resilience, determination, and hard work.
Free Geek
By introducing refurbished technology—and the tools and knowledge to use it—to the people that need it most, Free Geek is championing STEM initiatives in and around Portland, Oregon.
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