Oregon Business – Downtime with Karen Vineyard


How a Global Commercial Banking Market Manager at Bank of America is doing

What are you reading?

I just finished reading Everything happens for a reason by Kate Bowler. This is an interesting true story about the real-life struggles of a young theology professor battling stage IV colon cancer.

What are you looking at?

I’ve probably been more interested in watching TV because of COVID, and I’ve come to enjoy foreign shows like Lupine of France, The last hour from India and Ip-Man from Hong Kong.

What are you listening to?

My husband is an audiophile, so we are always actively listening to music! We are currently auditioning a new pair of speakers from Alsyvox from Spain, so I am listening to a lot of my reference songs. I like Mark Cohn’s piano sharpness, Yello’s deep bass and the richness of The planets by Holst.

What’s your must-have gadget?

I carry my iPad everywhere with me, but I really love my AirPods Pro.

What are your hobbies/interests?

There’s nothing better than getting away from the world with some good music and a good glass of wine. My husband and I regularly host active listening events at our house. The audiophile community always shares the intricacies of high-quality audio equipment in pursuit of the purest, most realistic sound.

What was your childhood ambition?

I always knew I would be in business. I think the economy is the backbone of our society and determines the quality of our lives and our community. I’ve always been fascinated by how things are made and how they end up on store shelves. My parents wanted me to become a doctor. At the time, they were disappointed that I wasn’t going to medical school.

What is your favorite place to spend your vacation?

My husband and I like to go on bike rides. We have been everywhere from Moab to Vermont, to the Loire Valley and Prague. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Tuscany.

What motivates you to come to work?

My clients, the executives who run middle-market businesses, are some of the smartest, most innovative, and creative people around. It’s always fascinating to hear what they’re working on and discuss with them possible ways to help them achieve their vision.

My team is made up of an energetic group of young professionals who share my joy in the work we do. They inspire me every day and I strive to help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

Who is your professional role model?

My mother was an amazing woman and became a successful businesswoman later in life. She taught me the importance of helping people. Today, my priority is to help my clients and to help my community. Bringing value to others is the foundation of my success.

What ambitions do you still have?

I hope to have a positive impact on the Oregon business community, through my work at Bank of America and my work with Oregon Business and Industry. [Editor’s Note: OBI is a trade organization that is not affiliated with this publication.] Oregon needs a strong and healthy business community to thrive.

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