Name Robby LarsonRobby_Larson_YoungPro

Title Director of Gift Development

Business George Fox University

Location 414 N. Meridian Street, Newberg

City you live in Newberg

First Job Paper Boy, Gresham Outlook ew Gresham

Dream Job University President

Favorite Happy Hour/Tasting Room/Bar in the Valley Nick’s Back Room

Favorite Restaurants in the Valley  Jory, Recipe, or Red Hills Market

Finish this sentence…”I know this makes me sound old but…” my first concert was the MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘em Tour pic please!

The worst movie I have ever seen is… Caddyshack 2

Advice for my high-school self No one has it all figured out, including you.

Group/organization/demographic you are most driven to help George Fox University

When I have a day off I… Working in my yard, spending time with friends, or cheering on the Timbers.

When I have an out-of-town visitor, the top 3 things they should do in Yamhill Valley are… 1. Wine Tasting 2. Happy Hour on the Allison’s deck in the summer 3. Attend a community event (Tunes on Tuesday, Old-Fashioned Festival, or Oktoberfest)

Yamhill Valley really needs… The entire Newberg/Dundee Bypass to be completed, sooner than later.

Other groups/Positions Held 

  • Timbers Army Appellation Alliance, Co-Founder (
  • Emerging Leaders for Oregon, President
  • Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Chehalem Valley Chamber Government Affairs Council, Chair
  • Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, Board Member
  • Vista Hot Air Balloons, Volunteer

I met Robby Larson when he and I were members of Cohort 3 in the Ford Institute of Leadership Program in Newberg.  He immediately struck me as a boss.  His confidence, poise, and professionalism stood out amongst the other “young” people in the group.  Robby certainly appeared to be a business man in the way he handled sharing his ideas, leaning back in his chair with his hands on his chest or fingertips pressed together with a thoughtful head lean as he listened to others…So basically I was all “BORING.” Until the 2nd meeting of our group when he talked about beer, maybe cussed?, and made a few jokes.  Then I was all “WHOA COOL” and ultimately listened to what he had to say more. I know, judgeyyy.  Robby continued to demonstrate his ability to read a room and participate professionally while maintaining a good rapport with all members.  Upon the completion of that Cohorts project (don’t even ask), I found his involvement in the community wide-spread and effective.  I am so happy to have him as a Young Professional of Yamhill Valley and look forward to this future leadership domination.