“When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”
Frances is the holding company for Butch and Julia Bannon's business interests. The purpose of this site is to share work.
Butch is an entrepreneur and business executive with 15 years of experience in the sports, entertainment and technology industries. Butch has founded, built and successfully exited two companies. He has played key roles in strategic marketing and innovation programs for leading global brands including; Red Bull, P&G, Nike, adidas, Columbia Sportswear, BMW, Bloch Worldwide, Fox Studios, as well as, many start up organizations.
Most recently, as a Partner at Portland's Meriwether Group, Butch played an integral role with the sale of KLIM to Polaris, Bike Gallery to a large national Trek retailer, a partial sale of Dave's Killer Bread to Goode Partners and the sale of yogitoes to Manduka.
He is a minority shareholder in a number of businesses including, venture backed Batterii, Curious Beast and Sadie Golf.
Butch has worked in 19 countries, prides himself on being extremely resourceful and is motivated by working with inspiring people to build amazing products and businesses. He has a degree from the University of Montana and spends his spare time seeking adventure with his wife Julia and daughter Eleanor.
With over a decade of experience at award wining firms, Julia has gained valuable experience in all phases of the design and construction process, and has worked on a wide range of projects all of the world. Julia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Oregon in 2000. During her junior year in college, Julia moved to Florence, Italy for a year to study Art History at Lorenzo d'Medici Instituto. It was during her time in Italy, that Julia felt the Architecture would become her path. She then moved on to earn her Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.
After graduate school, Julia moved to New York to work for Skidmore Owings and Merrill on the iconic One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). She served on the design team for the tower, and worked the podium wall, prismatic glass panels design, curtain wall, plaza, lobby, antenna, core and shell, as well as below grade retail spaces. Julia worked on all phases of the building from schematic design to construction documents. The building will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and is set to open in late 2014.
In Los Angeles while at HOK, Julia worked on the new Cedars Sinai Advanced Health Science Building. This is one of most highly regarded and technically advanced hospitals in the world. Julia worked on the core and shell design and documentation, as well as the design of public lobbies, operating rooms, labs, and research floors. Cedars Sinai AHSP was completed in 2013.
In Portland, at ZGF Architects, Julia worked on the design team for the Hatfield-Dowlin football complex at the University of Oregon. This state of the art football operations building is a 45,000-square-foot complex which includes coaches offices, a players lounge, a 170-seat theater, a weight room, a cafeteria, a barber shop, locker rooms, saunas, and a war room. This project was recently recognized with an 2013 AIA Portland Chapter Merit Award.
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