Roger Yost

Downtown Salem Visionary

Roger Yost takes life where it leads him.

He has been a writer, editor, adman, marketer, educator, environmentalist, film producer, lyricist, master gardener, nurseryman, restaurateur, art gallery owner, investor, landlord and as many of his former employees and children would add: Coach and Mentor. He remains almost all of them to this day.

Historic Buildings Owner

The Reed Opera House
The Reed Opera House

Yost owns one of Oregon's most historic treasures (Salem's Reed Opera House); he also owns the tallest office building in Salem (The Capitol Center); which houses the Pacific NW's largest international fine art gallery (The Roger Yost Gallery); his restaurant building is occupied by the popular "Old Spaghetti Warehouse"; and the 1920 Vick Building, now home to two state agencies.

Salem Visionary

He is unselfish with his time, serving on boards or committees related to Salem's downtown community, tourism, educational institutions, and the city's future visions.

Why? He says:

"At this stage of my life. I have no lofty personal ambitions. I'm simply dedicated to making this city--our state--a greater place. Greater for art, music, theater and general livability. Giving kids, their parents and teachers, incentives and space to perform and grow. To become special. To begin to recognize and realize their dreams."

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