With Food from the Sunshine Division

Since March, my daughter Tess and I have knocked on over one thousand different front doors 

Front doors in sprawling apartment complexes. In mobile home parks and secure, mid-rise buildings. Front doors of worn-down bungalows and simple suburban ranch homes. And, at doorways in Dignity Village near 33rd and Marine Drive, and the Kenton Women’s Village, a collection of small shed-like tiny homes, fenced in an industrial area near Columbia Blvd.  

We deliver emergency food boxes deep in NoPo or around the outer east side of the City weekly.  

That people live in much simpler conditions than we enjoy is not a revelation.  It’s more a sad confirmation of how many people in our city are struggling.   And so many on the east side.  But, that’s another story. 

Since the start of the pandemic, calls to the Portland Police Sunshine Division have greatly increased from people seeking emergency food boxes.   Sunshine responded immediately, expanding their regular assistance program by securing a vacant Safeway store in northeast Portland to become the hub for an even larger, ongoing response.   

Tess and I joined their delivery staff in March for what we thought would be a few weeks of service.  Now, nine months later,  we are still at it making about 20 stops each Monday and Wednesday morning.   For Tess, this effort replaces her regular volunteering at Providence Hospital which was curtailed with the arrival of the virus.  People who know Tess can vouch for her generous spirit.   For me, this experience allows me to serve and to spend meaningful time with my daughter.  

Those to whom we deliver are diverse. They are families,  big and small, and singles.  They are young, old, physically-challenged, and sometimes recent immigrants.   Those we see are always grateful, waving to us and calling “thank you” as we drive away.  

It’s a humbling reminder that not everyone in our neighborhoods lives with the same conveniences we know.  

Each day, I think about how challenging some tasks must be.  Grocery shopping cannot be easy if you don’t have a dependable car, let alone enough money in your food budget.   I’m reminded how difficult it must be to do laundry for your family after first rustling up quarters then hauling clothes and towels down the hall or down the street.  


 Many times, a glance inside these homes reveals barely furnished rooms.  I think about moms at home with kids, stuck inside during the pandemic and I wonder how they are handling online learning. 














 With schools and libraries closed, and household budgets stretched, do these kids have any books of their own in which to retreat?

With Books from Big Yard 

With schools and libraries closed and household budgets stretched, do the kids we see have any books of their own in which to retreat?  We couldn’t stop thinking about kids stuck at home.  Dropping off food is important, but Tess and I  want ed to do more.   So I reached out to Big Yard Foundation.  Founded by Brennan Scarlett, a Central Catholic graduate now playing for the Houston Texans, his foundation is committed to improving children’s literacy.   Immediately,  Big Yard provided us with various age-appropriate books and book bags that we deliver on our changing weekly route. They are always enthusiastically received.  It’s great for the kids and extra enjoyable for us.

Cory Company is grateful for the blessings it knows and the ability to serve. 


Big Yard Foundation


1190 KEX’s Mark Mason Interview 4/24/2020


Make me like your company

Much-loved Radio personality Mark Mason called Cory Company recently to say I was spot-on with my recent LinkedIn post advising broadcast advertisers to refrain from telling us that these are “uncertain times.”

On his radio show Friday, Mark and I were able to expand that conversion and highlight ‘how-to’ talk to consumers these days.  Great discussion!  You can listen to the segment here.

avoid Cliches

The takeaway is that after two months of sobering  news and non-stop spin, all of us are weary of  messages that have become a cliche, like “uncertain times,”  as well as “in this together”  and “stay safe.” 

Too many businesses are saying the same thing in the same way.  Cue the pensive and moody piano underscore. 

There is a better way to go. You can still be relevant and respectful and most of all, engaging!

Cory Company is adept at crafting broadcast advertising that showcases the unique personality of your business.  You want to connect with consumers in a positive way so they like you and feel good about your company.  

Let’s connect and find out what your company is doing to assure customers that they will be well served–and safe.

Then, I’ll make sure that message is heard. 







Words Vs. Data

We are awash in numbers.  Data is everywhere.  Old-fashioned things like words are in retreat; numbers are on the rise.  Unquantifiable arenas like history, literature, religion and the arts are receding from public life, replaced by technology, statistics, science, and math.  Even the most elemental form of communication, the story, is being pushed aside the list.”Bruce Feiler, NY Times, 2014.

No doubt, data and automation are driving business, At what cost?

In advertising, data doesn’t grow your business.  Good stories grow businesses.  And good stories are shared by customers.

Be heard.  Tell your story. And deliver on your business promise..

Regardless of other options, “word-of-mouth” advertising is critical to business success, whether it communicated by a customer or conveyed affordably in sound- driven media.

New media allows businesses to pinpoint an exact target customer.  But is the required investment to reach that ideal person sustainable?  Maybe not.

Compare the cost-per-thousand of passive digital impressions to the cost of broadcasting a memorable audio message crafted to engage, inform or entertain.  Audio messages breakthrough. And, typically, the cost of broadcast advertising is more affordable.

As the media landscape continues to evolve, advertisers shouldn’t back away from traditional media like radio and TV.  With sound, businesses will reach their best targets along with thousands of unintended prospects.

By building familiarity with a larger audience, a message provides value for the future.

Consider the observation of noted futurist Gerd Leonhard:

“Trust isn’t digital, happiness isn’t a program and relationships aren’t code.” 

One of the fun aspects of working with the team at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings & Decor is visiting with happy customers. Especially those who worked with La-Z-Boy designers to complete this custom in-home room design.

Many design plans are smaller scale; a sofa, a couple of chairs, a rug, table and accessories.  

But this client was faced with furnishing a large, open concept living and dining area  in a  stunning home on one of Oregon’s most charming rivers.  And, now,  with the help of La-Z-Boy interior designers, she and her husband come home every day to the sanctuary of a remarkable riverfront home with a waterfront great room. 

This open concept living/dining/kitchen room is comprised of four distinct spaces.  The design needed to incorporate the customer’s traditional style and the charm of family heirlooms into a contemporary style house with a monochromatic design.   They blended the client’s existing décor and artwork with new pieces that brought stunning outdoor scenes inside.  Most importantly, the La-Z-Boy designers worked closely with the client to stay within her budget –accomplished by installing the furnishings in two phases. 

See how they made the four distinct areas flow beautifully and comfortably together. 


The Main Living area