Employee Spotlight: Dale Van Valkenburg

Employee Spotlight: Dale Van Valkenburg

Each month, we have the pleasure of getting to know one of our Brooks Resources team members just a little better. This February, we asked Dale Van Valkenburg a few questions about his work as Director of Planning & Development, and what he likes to do when he’s not crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s for various projects. What’s a typical “day in the life” in your role with Brooks Resources?… more >

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

We sat down with Brooks Resources president & CEO Kirk Schueler to talk about what’s going on in Bend, Oregon from a growth, infrastructure, business and housing perspective. With nearly 30 years in the region, his view is that these critical issues, while disrupted a bit by COVID-19, will eventually balance out as they always have done.  How is the growth we are experiencing now different than before? There have historically been… more >

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Nonprofit organizations in our community are working overtime during this time of crisis, and we are proud to support many different causes in Central Oregon including The Bethlehem Inn. Homelessness is on the rise locally and nationwide, and many of these people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to health concerns surrounding the pandemic. The Bethlehem Inn, which provides shelter and meals for this population, is taking care when it comes to COVID-19 safety. The Bethlehem… more >

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

We are kicking off the New Year with an employee interview featuring Romy Mortensen, Brooks Resources Corporation Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Romy has held many roles with the company over the past 30 (!) years, starting as an administrative assistant to the General Manager at our former resort property, Mount Bachelor Village Resort.  She took a short hiatus, around 1993 to work with an advertising agency (and Brooks Resources was its client at the time). … more >

2021 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar Now Available

2021 Brooks Resources Annual Wall Calendar Now Available

Our annual wall calendar is now available for touchless pickup at our main office in downtown Bend at 409 N.W. Franklin! Come on down to the entrance vestibule Monday through Friday 1 – 3 p.m. to get your free copy. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to distribute copies in person as is the tradition). This year’s calendar features a view of South Sister over the spectacular Sparks Lake, captured by local photographer Christian Heeb. Each year,… more >

Employee Spotlight: Mike Hollern

Employee Spotlight: Mike Hollern

If you live in Bend, then you probably know the name Mike Hollern. Our Chairman of the Board has been with Brooks Resources since its inception as a subsidiary of Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. in 1969. Over the years, he says he’s seen highs, lows and a lot of fun! He and his wife Sue are well-known for their work in the community, and are big supporters of the arts and other philanthropic causes in the region. We asked him… more >

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: I Like Pie Run/Walk

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: I Like Pie Run/Walk

It’s a Central Oregon tradition: work off all that Thanksgiving yumminess with a brisk morning run to raise money for three deserving charities: the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Girls on the Run of Central Oregon and NeighborImpact. Yes, we’re talking about the “I Like Pie” Run/Walk, typically held around Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District area. This year, like most things, the format of the event is a bit different, and producer Cascade Lakes Relays and the FootZone… more >

Due to restrictions, office closes to public

Due to restrictions, office closes to public

Today Governor Brown issued new restrictions effective Wednesday, November 18th, that affect many aspects of our daily lives.  These restrictions are in effect until at least December 2nd. As such, please note that our office will be closed to the public until further notice. Additionally, we have encouraged our staff to work from home whenever possible. We will be utilizing virtual meeting platforms as much as possible. If you have business to conduct at our office, please make arrangements with one… more >

Employee Spotlight: Jade Mayer

Employee Spotlight: Jade Mayer

Our staff, many of whom have been with us for decades, are really what makes up the heartbeat of Brooks Resources. It’s fun to share more about them each month with our Employee Spotlight column. Our most recent interviewee is our vice president and CFO, Jade Mayer. Below he answers some of our most pressing questions!  Q: How long have you been with Brooks Resources? A: I started with Brooks Resources Corporation… more >

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: Deschutes Children’s Foundation

Supporting Those Who Support Our Community: Deschutes Children’s Foundation

There are so many different organizations working hard to support our community during these difficult times, and nearly all have been forced to cancel their planned fund-raising events. Deschutes Children’s Foundation is one of them, and they’ve come up with a creative alternative to their planned “Ripples” event. Instead, you can join them virtually for a new event, dubbed “Riddles.”  Riddles: Creative Community Problem Solving will be held on Wednesday, October 14th. This… more >

Employee Spotlight: Linda Schmitz

Employee Spotlight: Linda Schmitz

For our September employee spotlight blog, we sat down with Linda Schmitz and asked her a few questions about her role with Brooks Resources and some of her favorite things. She joined Brooks Resources Realty 15 years ago, and serves as our Principal Broker.    What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role? A typical day often means I am showing property, meeting with property owners, writing or presenting offers, but the pace is… more >

Central Oregon Symphony’s Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K Goes Virtual

Central Oregon Symphony’s Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K Goes Virtual

It’s not just meetings, cocktail hours and family get-togethers that have gone virtual, many nonprofits in our community are turning online to continue fundraising. But how do you do a 5K race virtually? Central Oregon Symphony has it figured out with their 6th Annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K race. Rather than canceling this fun event, which raises important… more >

Central Oregon’s Awbrey Hall Fire: Safety and prevention 30 years later

Central Oregon’s Awbrey Hall Fire: Safety and prevention 30 years later

For many long-term Central Oregon residents, it is hard to imagine that 30 years have passed since the Awbrey Hall fire – an event that came a bit too close for comfort, causing home evacuations, destroying property and increasing fire safety scrutiny in our growing city. In light of this three-decade anniversary, Central Oregon Daily recently revisited the importance of fire prevention and planning for fire safety and protection. more >

Employee: Spotlight: Carol Haworth

Employee: Spotlight: Carol Haworth

Each month, we ask one of our team members to share some information about themselves so we can learn a little bit more about each person at Brooks Resources. Let’s get to know a little more about Carol, our Owner Relations Manager! Q. What project are you working on right now? A. There are a few, but mainly Tree Farm and IronHorse in Prineville. Other developments I work on when they come up are: Century Washington Center,… more >

Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes does it again

Central Oregon Builders Association Tour of Homes does it again

The annual Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) Tour of Homes is the premier showcase of all the beautiful homes being created in our region. Despite many in-person events being canceled around the area – and the globe – COBA carried forward with its two-weekend long event on July 10-12 and this past weekend, July 17-19. There were a total of 39 homes on the tour for 2020.    While things may… more >

Employee Spotlight: Sheila Perry

Employee Spotlight: Sheila Perry

Our July Employee Spotlight is an interview with Sheila Perry, who has been an Accounting Associate with Brooks Resources since April of 2006. She also serves as the unofficial IT resource for the company, acting as the “go to” person for technology related questions and problems. Sheila also says she has a long “other duties as assigned” list that she happily handles for the team. Q: What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role? A: When… more >

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Supporting those who support our community: Latino Community Association

Many nonprofit organizations in our Central Oregon community were forced to forego major scheduled fundraising events as the global pandemic unfolded. With restrictions still place statewide, even events that were originally rescheduled have had to be put off even further, or cancelled completely. This is the case with an event we were proud to sponsor: the Latino Community Association’s annual Gala de Oro.  Originally planned for April of this year, and… more >

Employee Spotlight: Valerie Yost

Employee Spotlight: Valerie Yost

At Brooks Resources, we pride ourselves on the commitment, dedication and longevity of our staff members, so we will be highlighting individuals from our team regularly here on our blog. This month, we sat down with Director of Marketing, Valerie Yost, who has been with the company for 15 years.  Q: What’s a typical ‘day in the life’ in your role? There’s no real ‘typical’ day for me. My role is fairly broad… more >

Office Reopens with New Protocols

Office Reopens with New Protocols

Dear friends & associates, As of June 15, 2020, the Brooks Resources office is open with a limited staff. Like many of the changes we’ve experienced in the last few months, we’ve made some changes to our office and office protocol that we would like to share with you. Our number one goal is to keep our staff and guests safe while helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you are visiting our office, please note… more >

Happy retirement to our vice president of real estate development, David Ford

Happy retirement to our vice president of real estate development, David Ford

Last week, we held an impromptu outdoor retirement gathering to wish David Ford well in his retirement. Even with physical distancing in place, and most us of working from home, we wanted to celebrate David’s career and send him off in style. Many of you know David from his many years of work as general manager of the award-winning NorthWest Crossing neighborhood on Bend, Oregon’s westside.  David was instrumental in shaping NorthWest Crossing (NWX). more >