Ron White

Fulcrum Construction

Fulcrum Construction has grown significantly over the years! Starting off small in our old offices, Israel and his team have joined the many success stories that come from BESThq community! Committed to long-term business, value, and family, Fulcrum Construction provides exceptional building and remodeling services.


If you have remodeling needs, reach out to Fulcrum Construction for their hard workers who love their jobs, care for the success of every remodeling project, and promise value and outstanding services, regardless of your lifestyle need, design preference, or budget constraint!

Israel sat down with community at an executive briefing a few weeks ago and relayed stories from the past with Ron. He expressed so much gratitude for having been able to grow his company in BESThq and now Fulcrum Construction has their own, much larger offices. Fulcrum Construction has acted to make changes within their company to make a difference and embody the Quadruple Bottom Line. Taken directly from their website:


“Give me a lever long enough and a Fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

~ Archimedes

Ron White

The Printory

The Printory, founded in 2007 by Hussein Al-Baiaty, provides high quality printing and embroidery to businesses and non-profits while partnering and supporting many local refugee organizations. Arriving in the United States in 1994 from Saudi Arabia, his parents and six siblings left the regime of Saddam in 1991 for a desert refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, where they lived for 3 and a half years.


After graduating from PSU and doing meaningful global development work, Al-Baiaty was motivated by his experiences and founded The Printory. In late 2018, he released a merch company, which donates a high percentage of proceeds to non-profits supporting refugees who have made Portland their home.


“The United States has allowed my family to live in peace and prosper”

Hussein Al-Baiaty

Jill White

Angela Lee Duckworth Weighs In On Grit

Angela Lee DuckworthIn this Ted Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth explores the qualities she believes to be the most significant predictors of success. Upon observing that I.Q. and success in the classroom are not necessarily related, Angela Lee Duckworth embarked on a mission to determine what was the most accurate predictor of success. After traveling to many different settings and studying countless people, Duckworth’s research finally paid off. From West Point Military Academy to the National Spelling Bee, the one overarching quality that rose above all other predictors is grit.

Duckworth defines grit as “…passion and perseverance for very long term goals”. Grit is “living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. If it is only through studying grit that success can be predicted, then it is only through being gritty that success can be achieved, which means that ultimately, each person’s individual level of success lies solely with them. While there is certainly something to be said for having a high I.Q. and receiving high standardized test scores, it is comforting to know that our future truly does rest in our own hands. For further explanation of what exactly grit is and how it might be built, check out Duckworth’s Ted Talk!

Jill White

Richard St. John’s 8 Keys to Success

8 Keys to SuccessPassion. Work. Focus. Persist. Ideas. Good. Push. Serve. Richard St. John, disturbed by the fact that he had no idea how to answer the timeless question “What leads to success?”, conducted hundreds of interviews of highly successful people in an attempt to boil the results down into a list of the 8 components most essential for success. The result was a 2-hour long presentation that has been distilled into this 3-minute Ted Talk. One common theme that St. John found was that successful people often have a passion and love for their work. He says that “…they’re not workaholics. They’re workafrolics!” Check out the video to see the rest of St. John’s secrets to success!