Peter Shanks of White Oak Construction Honored by DJC with Phenoms & Icons Award

Portland, OR, (Jan. 5, 2018) – Peter Shanks of White Oak Construction was awarded with the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) Phenoms and Icons award at a ceremony Dec. 14. The award honors the local building industry’s long-time leaders while recognizing the up-and-coming professionals.
When Peter Shanks joined White Oak Construction just over eight years ago, his potential immediately became clear to leaders at the company. Before the first year of his employment was complete, he was being groomed to eventually move into a role as a project manager by White Oak owner Mark Fox and operations manager Dan Wellert.
Since then, Shanks has been involved in almost every project undertaken by the Salem-based construction company, learning a full range of tasks. He started as a general laborer, began assisting with estimates, and then took over running small projects before finally taking on the title and responsibilities of a full-fledged project manager.

Fox attributes Shanks’ success in large part to an exceptional ability to communicate with a full range of project players, from colleagues to clients to subcontractors.

“To hear him on the phone is amazing,” Fox said. “It’s always ‘we’ and ‘our,’ instead of ‘you’ and ‘your.’ He impresses clients with his genuine desire to take as much ownership in the project as they do.”

Shanks also recognizes that construction is a business in which an ability to forge relationships with clients and other firms in the building industry is a crucial element of success. It’s something about his chosen profession he values highly.

“I am extremely fortunate to work in an industry where long-term relationships are built,” Shanks said.

In addition to his work at White Oak, Shanks is active in professional and civic activities in the Salem area. He was recently elected president of the Salem Contractors Exchange, participates in the Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Salem program and the Strategic Economic Development Corp., and routinely attends and participates in nonprofit and charity events.

“Every day I get to meet new community members and leaders (and) build new relationships,” he said, “and I love that about what I do.”

About White Oak Construction: Founded in 1997, White Oak has constructed hundreds of projects in the Willamette Valley. Fostering a true team atmosphere, WOC has established long-term relationships with clients, architects, engineers and subcontractors provides general contractor services, construction management, design build, budgeting, feasibility studies and consultant services for all types of commercial projects.

About Daily Journal of Commerce: Founded in 1872, the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) provides the most comprehensive resources and reporting on the Portland, Oregon building and construction market. DJC is an affiliate of the Dolan Media Company, and because it is the official newspaper of the City of Portland, DJC is the premier source of public notice information, including call for bid notices and real estate foreclosure listings. For over a century, DJC has connected subscribers to key business opportunities all around the state. Moreover, the DJC newspaper and website provide up-to-date coverage and reporting of industry developments such as construction news, real estate, development, urban planning, energy, transportation news and more.

About Phenoms & Icons: DJC Oregon’s newest award program, will honor the local building industry’s long-time leaders while recognizing the up-and-coming professionals expected to share the future of architecture, engineering, construction, development, transportation, energy and sustainability in the region. In addition to honoring both our up-and-coming phenoms and longtime icons, the event provides the premier networking opportunity in the building industry. Come to meet your next principal, find a new mentor, or just to rub elbows with the very best talent in the Pacific Northwest building industry. (from

Peter Shanks

White Oak Construction

Privacy PolicyTerms Of ServiceCookie Policy