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Tire guy helps community go around

Argay Terrace resident and Parkrose businessman Bob Brown’s volunteer spirit and commitment to community earn him Business Association’s highest honor


Bob Brown of Bob Brown Tire Center.

Each year at the annual holiday and awards banquet the Parkrose Business Association or PBA recognizes one member for the prestigious Karl F Lind Award Community Service award. The award is presented to the member who “has lived or worked in the community; given countless hours of volunteer time; is known for the highest integrity and honesty; a person who is part of the community personally as well as professionally.” This award exemplifies the traits Lind brought to his position as the original Executive Director of the PBA.

Last month, the PBA announced Bob Brown of Bob Brown Tire Center as the 2003 recipient of this award for his service to the organization and the community. “I didn’t have a clue I was going to receive it,” Brown commented. “It took me totally by surprise. I am humbled and honored by this award.”

When the MEMO caught up with him recently, Brown recalled the year 1986. He was in the process of having his tire store constructed at its current location on Northeast 120th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard and was the President of the Oregon Tire Dealers Association.

Major changes were underway in the area. Parkrose had recently been annexed into the City of Portland. As a result, the Parkrose Chamber of Commerce was disbanded. Not to be denied, local merchants sought a way to continue networking and providing the community support they knew to be so vital. Brown stepped up to become the first Vice President of this new organization - the Parkrose Business Association. Just a few months into that first year, the president had to step aside, so Brown assumed the reigns staying on as President for the next two terms as well and reprising the roll in 1992-93.

In his first year at the helm Brown led the search for an Executive Director, that was Karl Lind, and guided the group toward the well-respected position it holds in the community today.

Brown served as the show coordinator for the Northwest Tire Dealers or NWTD trade shows in 1987 and was inducted into the NWTD Hall of Fame in 2001, along with notables Les Schwab, Bill Bailey Sr., and Lauren Young from Roseburg.

Brown is a long-time member of the Gateway Area Business Association and was recently installed as the Worshipful Master of the Lents Masonic Lodge which he describes as much like being the President of a similar group or organization. Brown also belongs to the Scottish Rite and Al Kader Shrine, both also Masonic organizations. He is also long time member of Gateway Elks. Brown has supported and sponsored Parkrose athletic teams for decades. His commitment to Parkrose is constant and evolving.

Currently, Brown acts as the Head Judge for the annual PBA Rose Festival Cruise-In and serves on the PBA Crime and Transportation Committee. In that vein, Brown was instrumental in getting Sandy Boulevard reconstructed in the mid 1990’s.

Wife Mary, sons Brian and Kelly and nephew Aaron Christensen work along side Brown at Bob Brown Tire Center.
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