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David BrownDavid W. Brown
David W. Brown, a Senior Principal and co-founder of Obsidian, brings expertise in transaction structures, creative ideas in tax and finance, and resolving or liquidating distressed companies and assets. Industries of particular focus are energy, and forest products.

With Obsidian Renewables, Mr. Brown has developed four of the larger utility scale solar photovoltaic projects in Oregon. Mr. Brown is a member of OSEIA, the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and involved with BDC, the Bioenergy Deployment Consortium with NEBC and NIPPC. Mr. Brown has been very active in renewable energy incentive and land use legislation in the state of Oregon.

Prior to founding Obsidian, Mr. Brown practiced law with Miller Nash LLP in Portland, Oregon. His practice included many different aspects of business, tax and finance.

Mr. Brown graduated with a B.S. in marketing and a J.D. from the University of Oregon.

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Cell: 503-781-0694

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Kevin Padrick

Kevin Padrick had an extraordinary life and professional career.

Kevin’s parents Ben and Donna Padrick, went to school together in Centralia Washington, where they got married. Kevin was born in 1955 while Ben was working for Boeing in Seattle. Kim and Kerry followed. Later, Ben joined NASA in the Bay Area of California and the family moved to Saratoga, where Kevin graduated from Saratoga High School.

At age 17, Kevin received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He wanted to be a pilot and a JAG (Judge Advocate General) but after two years the joint program in which he enrolled was cancelled and he transferred to Santa Clara University where he completed undergraduate degrees in mathematics and psychology. He then went on to complete a law degree and MBA, also from Santa Clara. All degrees were awarded with honors.

Kevin and Karen met at a mass blind date where 20 cadets and 20 women from Karen’s sorority at the University of Colorado were to be paired for a rivalry football game. Karen was a nursing student at CU Denver and got a call that they were running short on girls for the event, so she agreed to go. She and Kevin were paired up for the game. Kevin knew he found the girl of his dreams.

Kevin and Karen were married in Denver, Colorado on March 21,1976 (They were married 43 years). They lived in California in a cabin in a Saratoga Springs community near Santa Clara while Kevin finished school.

Kevin passed the Oregon bar in 1979 and joined the Miller Nash Graham and Dunn law firm (then Miller, Nash, Yerke Weiner and Hager). He quickly helped form and then head a new insolvency department, was elected as the youngest partner in the history of the law firm and appointed to serve on the firm's executive committee. Kevin represented both debtors and creditors and was lead outside counsel for US Bank in reorganization matters nationally and internationally. Kevin was listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America, was the first non-judicial recipient of the Oregon State Bar's Award of Merit, authored numerous insolvency publications, served on and chaired state bar committees, and spoke both nationally and internationally on insolvency matters at over 100 seminars. Kevin held law licenses in four states.

Kevin was always flying and interested in aviation. His grandfather was an aircraft dealer who introduced Kevin to aviation when he was five. Kevin’s mother was a pilot and his father was a high-ranking NASA engineer. Kevin had over 7,000 flight hours and held numerous ratings, not just as a pilot but also as a certified flight instructor. Kevin owned many airplanes and helicopters throughout his years of flying, yet he was always interested in learning something new. Kevin had a stunt plane, a glider, and built an airplane from a kit with his brother.

In 1994, Kevin and Karen moved to Colorado where Kevin became the town attorney for Silverton – prosecuting at-large dog and advising the town council. Kevin and Karen bought an RV park and had jeep rentals. Kevin also owned a garbage service – he became a semi-truck driver and ran a gravel company. They also had a helicopter operations business and worked with the Colorado Department of Wildlife doing animal counts and helping with the fire season. Karen was a school and county nurse and the bookkeeper for Kevin and his businesses.

In 1998, Kevin and Karen returned to Oregon, choosing to live in Sunriver. Kevin was promptly selected as the Chief Restructuring Officer and the President of Southern Pacific Funding Corporation, a large sub-prime mortgage originator, for the purpose of its sale and reorganization in chapter 11. It was Oregon’s largest bankruptcy case at that time. He then acted as an advisor to Goldman Sachs and others on structuring complex financial transactions and reorganizations. One large transaction in which Kevin was active (involving a conservation transfer to protect a large South American forest) was recognized as the “Transaction of the Year” by Goldman Sachs.

In 2003, Kevin and his former law partner David Brown formed Obsidian Finance Group, a hybrid advisory and investment company with offices in Lake Oswego and Sunriver. They worked on many interesting and challenging projects over the years. Kevin also founded Sunstone Business Finance with Dann Wheeler. Over the years, Kevin founded or co-founded more than 10 companies.

Kevin also served as a member of the board of directors of numerous companies, both private and public. Those include Castor and Pollux, ID Experts, RADAR, various banks and bank holding companies and others.

Kevin loved the outdoors. He was an Eagle Scout and remained active with the Boy Scouts of America his entire life. He participated in several trips to Philmont, and was a Commissioner of the Crater Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America, and regularly supervised campouts and other scouting activities. Kevin recently hiked segments of the Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir trail to the top of Mt Whitney and last year he hiked the entire Colorado Trail in 1 month. (567 miles)

Kevin and Karen were worldwide travelers, generally taking a couple of very interesting trips a year, visiting every part of the globe. Kevin’s trips were always quite active and included hiking, bicycle rides, scuba diving, exploring and learning.

Kevin Padrick died the morning of June 22 2019, when his airplane crashed just after takeoff from the Sunriver Airport. The plane crashed into the Deschutes River. Kevin’s passenger was able to get out; Kevin was not. A tragic event and a terrible loss.

Kevin is survived by his wife Karen, his sister Kim, his brother Kerry, niece Sarah and nephews Daniel, Kristopher, and Matthew. And by hundreds of colleagues, scouters, and friends.

Kevin had a huge impact on everyone who knew him and worked with him. He had an extraordinary life and will be deeply missed. Many of Kevin’s colleagues consider Kevin to have been the most extraordinary combination of intelligence and hard work they had ever known.

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