Leadership | Portland Diamond Project

LEADERSHIP

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Craig Cheek Founder, President

A retired 26+ year executive, Craig Cheek held several key leadership positions within NIKE Inc., the most recent being VP/GM of Team and Licensed Sports including key relationships with the NFL, MLB and NCAA College Programs. Craig was responsible for driving the global category’s business, building deep consumer connections and driving ongoing momentum through key relationships like the National Football League.

Cheek joined NIKE, Inc. in 1990 as a Footwear Sales Account Executive in Southern California, which led to leadership roles in both footwear and sales. More recently Cheek was the VP/GM of Greater China and VP/GM of North America – two of Nike’s largest consumer markets.

In his previous role as VP/GM of Greater China, Cheek focused on accelerating growth and deepening the brand’s connectivity and relevance with Chinese consumers. Prior to his role in China, Cheek spent several years as VP/GM of North America, leading the region through an extended period of growth and profitability.

Craig is married with three sons and enjoys following sports on a global scale, as well as immersing himself into the various cultures where he has lived and worked. Craig is currently spending some time in the Movie/Media Content space and working on delivering an MLB Franchise to the City of Portland.

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Mike Barrett Managing Director

For the last 25 years, Mike has been one of the most recognized faces and voices on the Northwest sports media scene. He spent 17 years with the Portland Trail Blazers, the final 14 as the television play-by-play broadcaster and was the longest-tenured TV play-by-play voice in franchise history. During his time in the NBA, he was also a regular on regional and national TV and radio shows, was the editor of Rip City Magazine, and was a regular contributor to nba.com. Mike also provided ancillary programming to the NBC affiliate in Portland, hosted various shows on NBC Sports NW, and was a radio/TV talkshow host. He has deep-rooted relationships with key media members, the NW fan base, corporate sponsors, and continues to serve as a trusted spokesman for several prominent NW brands.

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Jason A. Atkinson Managing Director

Jason A. Atkinson is a business leader, filmmaker, author, and a public servant. After 14 years in the Oregon Legislature and a campaign for Governor, he took a sabbatical to make the film "A River Between Us," which led the way to the largest conservation victory in US history. Atkinson is a managing partner of Portland Diamond Project, which will bring a Major League Baseball franchise and a new ballpark to Oregon. He is a Rodel Fellow with the Aspen Institute, a sought-after speaker, and activity leads in the corporate and humanitarian sectors. His work has been featured in the New York Times, 60 Minutes, Men's Journal, and MSNBC, to name a few.

Executive Team

ROBERT L. THOMPSON, FAIA
MARK WILLIAMS
JOHN JAMIEL
PAMELA SAFTLER, AIA, IIDA
KELLY CADY, AIA
GARY OXLEY
EVYAN ANDRIES
COURTNEY LEE
MARK PORTRAIT
MATHIAS RUDISILL
ADAM BRALY
PAT TANGEN, AIA
KOBI BRADLEY, ASLA
ZACHARY ALLEE, AIA
DEREK SOMMERS
JOHN DiLORENZO
ELAINE ALBRICH
CLIFFORD DeGROOT
MICHAEL ZAHN
AME LEWIS
JOHN McISAAC
KEVIN VANDENBRINK
STEVE WELLS
IRWIN RAIJ