|Previous College:||North Park University (BA)|
Michael Harper is a native of Illinois, born in Chicago in 1957. He is a graduate of North Park University. He played basketball for the Portland Trail Blazers during the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons and spent the following six seasons playing in Europe. He lived for two years each in Italy, France and Spain moving to the West Linn area in 1980. “My goal now,” he says, is to enhance the livability, quality of life and spirit of all I come in contact with.”
Harper has been active in the community as a Portland School district employee, businessman and spokesperson. He is an active member of the Southwest Rotary and has been selected as a Royal Rosarian. Currently, he is a Commissioner on the State of Oregon Commission on Children and Families and a Board Member with Western Oregon University Foundation.
He has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Portland and Lewis and Clark College. In addition, he as coached and mentored athletes at Franklin High School, Valley Catholic High School and Riverdale High School.
As an Agent for 19 years with State Farm Insurance Companies, Mike says, “My job is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.”
Mike enjoys playing golf with the Blazer Alumni, coaching numerous youth teams and spending time with his family. His busy schedule includes giving presentations on a variety of topics ranging from self-esteem building, drug awareness and team building.
After eight years of professional sports, Michael Harper says, “My commitment was to my team and teammates. I will continue to use that same philosophy of teamwork and team building in my insurance business.” “What I want is a win-win situation.”