Salem Chamber honors Willamette alumni with service award

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored Fred VanNatta '60 and Ryan Collier JD'97 with Distinguished Service Awards.

A political science major at Willamette, VanNatta went on to earn a master's degree in political science and found VanNatta Public Relations in Salem.

He is a founding member of SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation) and the Oregon State Capitol Foundation, and is a charter member of Salem City Club and the Oregon Small Business Coalition.

VanNatta began a 40-year career as a lobbyist in 1965 in the Oregon Legislature. In 1968 he served as the western region director for the Ronald Reagan presidential campaign and chief of staff for the Republican Governor's Conference in California.

Collier, who earned a law degree at Willamette, was honored as Salem's first outstanding young professional.

His Salem law office serves clients in Oregon and Washington with an emphasis in estate planning, probate and trust administration.

He has received the Carson Award for Extraordinary Service to the Bar and was named Lawyer of the Year by the Marion-Polk Volunteer Lawyer Project.

Collier is affiliated with Leadership Salem, Salem Foundation and Salem Leadership Foundation, and he is active in his children's school, Boy Scouts and his church.