Support Learning and Insight

It’s more important than ever to understand the challenges facing financial executives. Support the Financial Education & Research Foundation today.

Dinner Meeting: Bill Christensen, CFO of Trailblazers + PD Session


Evening Agenda

  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm    PD Session: The Time is Now: SALT and M&A

  • 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm    Networking

  • 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm    Dinner and Guest Speaker, Bill Christensen

Join us at the Moda Center for a fireside chat with Bill Christensen, CFO and EVP of the Portland Trailblazers, to learn about the dynamics of managing a professional sports organization during the pandemic and what the future holds for Rip City.

PD Session:  The Time is Now: State and Local Taxation (SALT) and M&A
How will new local taxes affect your business? What’s driving today’s M&A Market? Experts from Geffen Mesher, Penny Sweeting and Caleb Piling, will share timely updates from their respective fields with Q&A moderated by Graham Petersen.

*Individuals who register as a Qualified Prospective Member must meet FEI's Membership Qualifications.


To ensure health and safety of all the participants, the MODA Center recently implemented a policy that all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event. The full press release from the MODA Center is available here. Additionally, masks will continue to be mandatory at all times while on the Rose Quarter campus and inside the arenas.

The following are acceptable proof of vaccination: 
A CDC-issued vaccination card including the name of the person vaccinated, the type of vaccination provided and the date that the last dose was administered.

A digital photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device.

A printed photo of a CDC-issued vaccination card.
The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR Test:
A digital photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the ticketed fan.

A printed photo of negative COVID-19 PCR test results that includes the name of the ticketed fan.


Bill Christensen

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
Trail Blazers

Graham Petersen, CPA

Geffen Mesher

Caleb Pilling

Senior Manager
Geffen Mesher

Penny Sweeting

Tax Senior Manager
Geffen Mesher