Oregon Business – Downtime with Karen Vineyard


How a market leader of global commercial banking at Bank of America relaxes

What are you reading?

I just finished reading Everything happens for a reason by Kate Bowler. It’s 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 was more interested in watching TV probably because of COVID and came to enjoy foreign shows like lupine from France, The last hour from India and ip man from Hong Kong.

What are you listening to right now?

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

What is your essential gadget?

I carry my iPad with me everywhere, but I’ve really fallen in love with my AirPods Pro.

What are your hobbies/interests?

There is nothing better than escaping the world with great music and a good glass of wine. My husband and I regularly host active listening events in our home. In search of the purest and most realistic sound, the audiophile community constantly shares the intricacies of high-quality audio gear.

What was your childhood wish?

I always knew I would be in business. I think the economy is the backbone of our society and determines the quality of our life 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 be a doctor. At the time, they were disappointed that I didn’t go to med school.

Where do you like to go on vacation?

My husband and I like to go cycling. We’ve been everywhere from Moab to Vermont, the Loire Valley and Prague. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Tuscany.

What motivates you to come to work?

My clients, the executives who run midsize companies, are some of the smartest, most innovative, and most creative people. It’s always fascinating to hear what they are working on and to discuss with them how I can help them achieve their vision.

My team consists of an energetic group of young professionals who share my enthusiasm for our work. 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 later in life became a successful business woman. She taught me the importance of helping people. Today, helping my customers and helping my community is my top priority. Creating value for 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 at 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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