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The Money JAR Episode #20: Sustainable Business

This week Todd and Evan welcome Rory Schmick into the studio for a discussion about the economics and realities of sustainable business practices. Mr. Schmick is the Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs for Pacific Natural Foods (we wager you’ve probably used their broth before) and using his business as a model, we look at the ins and outs of how sustainable business practices effect bottom lines, influence and educate consumers, and help create local jobs. We also get some good ideas about how kids and families can implement sustainable practices into their school and home lives, as well as hear the kid’s opinions on a new ‘Kids Two Cents’ segment.


Rory Schmick is the Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs at Pacific Natural Foods, a locally-owned all natural and organic food company based in Tualatin, Oregon. He is responsible for developing and leading Pacific Natural Foods’ sustainability program, and overseeing the company’s environmental affairs, with  focus on waste reduction & material recovery; energy and water conservation; and climate strategy. Before joining Pacific Natural Foods, he led the development and implementation of business programs for the International Sustainable Development Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the understanding and use of sustainable development practices locally and internationally.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.