Current Pioneer Award Recipient

Tim Boyle has served as president and chief executive officer of Columbia Sportswear Company since 1989 and oversees operations of the active outdoor company from its Portland, Oregon, headquarters.

Tim’s career with Columbia Sportswear began in 1970 when, during his senior year at the University of Oregon, his father, who had been running the company since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Tim’s mother, Gert Boyle, quickly enlisted Tim’s help in order to continue the aggressive expansion that her husband had initiated and that had increased the company’s sales that year to $1 million.

After struggling for two years to regain momentum, the company began to grow. By 1997 sales had grown to more than $350 million, and the company went public in March 1998. Today global sales are approximately $2.3 billion.

An alumnus of Portland, Oregon’s Jesuit High School (1967) and the University of Oregon (1971, B.S. Journalism), Tim provides business guidance as a board member of Craft Brewers Alliance Inc., and Northwest Natural Gas Co. He is also a board member of Oregon Trout Emeritus and serves as a trustee of Reed College.

Mary Boyle graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland and studied fine arts at UO. Like Tim, she gives back to her community. Mary served on the School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean’s Advancement Council from 2010-2014. She has been deeply involved with Portland Center Stage, where she is the Immediate Past Chair. Mary also serves on the Board of Regents for the University of Portland and serves on its Athletic Affairs Committee.

Tim and Mary have contributed more than $17 million to the University of Oregon, supporting programs in the Lundquist College of Business, School of Journalism and Communication, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Intercollegiate Athletics, Student Life, School of Law, Presidential Scholarships, and most recently a $10 million commitment to Life Sciences.

Tim served on the UO Foundation, UO Portland Council, and Journalism Advancement Council, and co-chaired the Oregon Campaign Leadership Committee. He received LCB’s Visionaries Award – Trendsetter of the Year in 2001, was inducted into the School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement in 2005, and received the UO’s Oregon Business Hall of Fame Award in 2008. 

Gerry Cameron is dedicated to higher education access because a scholarship profoundly altered the course of his life. Gerry is a past chair and trustee of the UO Foundation Board, served on the UO Portland Regional Council, and was a member of the UO Campaign Leadership Committee for Campaign Oregon. Gerry and his wife Marilyn have supported Presidential and Dean’s Scholarships and Lundquist College of Business scholarships.

Gerry Cameron grew up in abject poverty. He was raised by a his mother until the age of six when he and his younger brother were sent to various boarding homes throughout the Pacific Northwest as his mother could no longer afford to support them in her home. He and his brother lived away from her for seven years. At age 13, Gerry was able to rejoin his mother. Of all the places that he stayed during those seven years, his favorite was a farm in Central Washington. Gerry hoped and planned to return to the farm and work there when he finished high school. That plan began to change during his senior year when Gerry was handpicked to join a group of 25 students for an elite class sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He was encouraged by his teacher, Mrs. Metcalf to apply for the U.S. Bank scholarship program. He did and Gerry was selected along with fellow Duck George Morgan to work for U.S. Bank for 15 months, then attend college. Gerry is passionate about funding scholarships because, as he put it, “I no more thought of going to college than flying to the moon.”

The U.S. Bank Scholarship opened the door to a college degree, which changed the course of his career and life. On February 6, 1956 Gerry spent 10 cents to ride the bus downtown to earn $1.10 an hour, Monday through Saturday, in the U.S. Bank training program. He wore the same suit every day. In the fall of 1957, he enrolled in the University of Oregon and officially became a Duck for life.

After attending the UO as a student in the U.S. National Bank of Oregon’s work/college program, Gerry worked his way up U.S. Bancorp’s corporate ladder, serving as chairman and CEO before retiring in 1998. He enjoyed a 43-year career with U.S. Bank and credits John Elorriaga, his mentor, and all of the amazing colleagues for helping to make it happen. He later served as chairman of The Regence Group from January 2004 to June 2005.

Gerry still marvels at the fact he went from “tramping” mint on the farm in Washington to a fulfilling career that included serving on many prestigious boards and even meeting the Queen of England on behalf of U.S. Bank, all because he was given the opportunity to prove his mettle as a student back in 1956.

Gerry continues to celebrate 55 years of loving marriage with Marilyn, whom he met while they both worked at U.S. Bank. They have two children, Sue (David) and Paul (Megan) and four grandsons, Kellen, Ross, Luke, and Colin. Together Gerry and Marilyn have positively impacted hundreds of students across the state with their investments in scholarships for deserving students. Their generous gift named the Marilyn C. and Gerry B. Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis in the Lundquist College of Business, and the couple has endowed the Gerry and Marilyn Cameron Chair of Finance.

Career:  U.S. Bank

  • First day on February 6, 1956
  • 1956-1972 - Various retail banking positions
  • 1969-1972 - Branch Manager, Lombard and Emerald
  • 1972-1974 - Manager, Bybee Milwaukie Branch
  • 1974-1976 - Manager, Peninsula Branch
  • 1976-1978 - President, U.S. Creditcorp
  • 1978-1979 - Senior Vice President & Manager, Eastern Region
  • 1979-1987 - Executive Vice President
  • 1987-1988 - Chairman, CEO, and Director of Old National Bank of Washington
  • 1988-1991 - President, COO, and Director, U.S. Bank of Washington
  • 1991-1993 - President, CEO, and Director, U.S. Bank of Washington Vice Chairman, U.S. Bancorp
  • 1993-1998 - Chairman and CEO, U.S. Bancorp

Civic leadership: Gerry Cameron has been involved in numerous community and civic organizations. He was the director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a member of the Bankers Roundtable. He was also chairman of the Advisory Board of the Pacific Rim Bankers Program, and on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Independent College Foundation, Inc., The American Bankers Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oregon, The Benchmark Group, and the Oregon Business Council. Previously, Gerry served as director of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco; as president of Youth Investment; as vice chairman of the Alliance for Education; as chairman of the board of the Washington Community Reinvestment Association; and on the President’s Council for Eastern Washington University. He additionally has served on:

  • University of Oregon Foundation - 6 years - 2nd VP, 1st VP, Chairman
  • Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation - 10 years - Director, Lead Director
  • Tektronix - 12 years - Director (6 years), Lead Director (6 years)
  • United Way (Columbia-Willamette) - 1 year - Chairman of the Board
  • King County United Way - 2-3 years - Director
  • Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Board - 4 years - Director (appointed)
  • Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Board - 1 year - Director (appointed)
  • San Francisco Branch of the Federal Reserve Board - 3 years - Director (elected by the largest banks in the 12th District of the Federal Reserve Board)
  • Youth Investment - 3 years - President and program founder
  • Oregon Symphony Board - 6 years - Director (3 years), Treasurer (3 years)
  • Portland State University Foundation - 3 years - Director
  • Pacific Coast Banking School Hall of Fame