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Bill’s Guests: Monday, November 18, 2019

6:35: Dr. Bruce L. Hartman, talks with Bill this morning. Today we discuss Dr. Hartman’s new book:

But we’ll also talk with Dr. Hartman about an issue that happened right here in Oregon.


About 100 students at an Oregon high school walked out of classes last week in support of the LGBTQ community after they said a series of events made students feel unsafe, including the presence of a Chick-fil-A food truck at home football games.

The West Linn High School students, organized by the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, walked out of school Friday to protest what they say is rising anti-LGBTQ sentiment on campus. GSA President Susie Walters, who organized the protest, told a local NBC affiliate that LGBTQ students have increasingly been the target of harassment and bullying at the school.

Two recent incidents sparked the protest, including a transgender senior’s car being vandalized with the word “queer” on it and Chick-fil-A being invited as this season’s food vendor for home football games.–Washington Times

You can read the entire article for yourself at the link below.

Chick-fil-A food truck sparks walkout at Oregon high school

Dr. Bruce L. Hartman is the Author of Jesus & Co. and founder of Gideon Partners, an advisory firm committed to “Walking with people into a brighter future” as they navigate life and career transitions and advance Christian values in the marketplace. A seasoned executive with over 30 years of success creating shareholder value for Fortune 500 firms. In May 2018, Bruce will receive his Doctorate degree in Ministry. An unusual blend of excellence in both the business world and Theology. 

See more: BruceLHartman.com

7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors from RogueWeather.com, calls in to bring to you the Monday Outdoor Report.

8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired Professor of Business Law, local author and historian joins Bill in studio for this week’s edition of “Visiting Past & Present.” Check out more at: DennisPowersBooks.com

Alan DeBoer: Businessman & Community Leader

by Dennis Powers

Alan DeBoer was born in 1951 as one of six children (Sid, Bob, Alan; Phyllis, Nancy, and Janice) that Walt and Bernice DeBoer raised. The family had moved to Ashland in 1946, where Walt started Lithia Motors, a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership. Located in Ashland’s downtown Plaza and named after the town’s Lithia Springs, a grand total of 14 cars were sold in its first year. When struck by a car in 1968, Walt tragically died and his 25-year-old son, Sid, took over and ran the operations. Alan was then a teenager.

Working with different partners over time, Alan DeBoer ran car dealerships, as well as in real estate and other ventures. In 1983, for example, he acquired a lapsed Subaru franchise and brought on Gregg Sorensen as general manager, who later on became a partner in the business and vice president. Then in 1985, Alan with Dave Mills and Dwayne Wallace bought Town and Country Chevrolet in Ashland (and later acquired Buick and Cadillac franchises). In 1990, they opened up Airport Chevrolet in Medford. Different dealership franchises came by, such as Dollar GMC/Oldsmobile, Volvo, and Mitsubishi. In 1995, Southern Oregon Subaru moved to Biddle Road’s auto row in a 38,000 square-foot building on 6.5 acres. This includes Airport Chevrolet (with Buick/GMC lines). In 2018, Dave Mills and other long-term partners sold their interests back to Alan DeBoer and his son (including Town and Country).

Alan also made key property donations to projects such as the Rogue Community College/Southern Oregon University campus in downtown Medford. His real estate ventures presently include (among others) the shopping center next to Exit 24 in Phoenix. Additionally, he contributed well to community activities. He has served on the Ashland Community Hospital board, the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation, the Mt. Ashland Ski Association board, and Ashland Airport Commission, among many others.

This has resulted in his earning honors and awards from the Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce (First Citizen’s Award), Southern Oregon University (the President’s Medal), Rogue Community College, Southern Oregon Historical Society, the Ashland Lions Club, Community Works, the Ashland Elks Lodge (Citizen of the Year), the Ashland YMCA, Rotary and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce (Citizen of the Year).

He was a past president of the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association and runner-up finalist for the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year. DeBoer served as the mayor of Ashland from 2000 to 2004 and as an Oregon State Senator from 2016 to 2018.

Ashland resident Alan DeBoer obviously has a long-standing, standout history of community involvement and leadership as a business owner, volunteer, and elected official.

Sources: Greg Stiles, “Wheels of Fortune,” Mail Tribune, May 16, 2003, at Car Dealership(s); Greg Stiles, “Alan DeBoer gets First Citizen Award,” Mail Tribune, September 14, 2012, at First Citizen Award; Mike McClain, “Dave Mills Embodies ‘Hard Work’ Ethic,’” Jacksonville Review, October 2018, at Auto Dealerships.

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