After growing up in the neighboring Grande Ronde Valley, Larz left to play intercollegiate basketball and start a career in the big city, but he always dreamed of returning to NE Oregon and giving back to the place and people that helped craft his values and a strong sense of place. Joining the Wallowa Resources team has given him that opportunity. After spending most of his career working in the metropolitan areas of Honolulu, Beijing and Portland, he’s excited to be back in the mountains and living in a vibrant rural community. Larz has extensive experience in program development, marketing and project management. Most recently, Larz was the Assistant Executive Director of Adventures Without Limits, a non-profit that served at-risk youth and people with disabilities in the greater Portland Metro area. He holds a M.B.A from Hawaii Pacific University, and has completed post-graduate coursework in sustainable forestry at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
His passion for connecting people to the natural resources that support them, outdoor education, and bridging the urban/rural divide has brought him to Wallowa Resources. He is excited to be an advocate for the land stewards across the west that are doing great things for the land, water and communities. His other interests include hiking, any watersport, jam sessions, languages, and spending time with family. Larz and his wife have two young boys.