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Oregon’s Grand Man is Announced as Grand Marshal for the Grand Floral Parade

2013 Grand Marshal, Gerry Frank, is an author, a speaker, a veteran, a statesman, a businessman, a volunteer and a fourth-generation Oregonian. “Gerry has built a long career out of his love for the State of Oregon.” said Todd Johnston (President of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation). “There is not an Oregonian alive today who hasn’t been impacted by his work. We are honored to pay tribute to someone who has done so much for us.”

Introduced to an enthusiastic crowd at a special ceremony in Macy’s downtown store Thursday evening (May 9), Gerry will be featured in the ‘Celebrate Oregon’ section of the parade (held on Saturday, June 8). Currently the President of Gerry’s Frankly Speaking, Inc. and Senior Advisor at Aequitas Capital wibit inflatable water park Management, Inc., Gerry served as Chief of Staff to former United States Senator Mr. Mark O. Hatfield for 20 years and has often been referred to as ‘Oregon’s third Senator.’ He was named the first-ever ‘Oregon Premier Citizen’ by gubernatorial proclamation!

Gerry’s community involvements and recognitions are numerous and he has served on a number of boards that include the American Automobile Association (AAA) of Oregon and Idaho, the St. Vincent Medical Foundation and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation (where he’s been an honorary director of the latter since 1969).

Well known for his Friday ‘Surprise/Frankly Speaking’ column in The Oregonian, Gerry was formerly a commentator for ‘Good Day, Oregon,’ ‘Northwest Reports,’ and ‘AM Northwest.’ He’s served on countless boards (both corporate and volunteer) and has contributed his energy and expertise to Oregon’s evolution. The Rose Festival is honored to have Gerry Frank serve as Grand Marshal this year!