John Brown is a principal in the real estate firm Evans Elder and Brown has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 Eugene First Citizen Award. Presented by the Eugene Area Chamber each year since 1938, the First Citizen Award honors an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the Eugene/Springfield community through business and community service efforts.

John’s many civic interests have led him to serve as a Eugene Water and Electric Board Commissioner, on the Willamette Family Services Board of Directors; the McKenzie River Watershed Council; Southtowne Rotary; the HIV Alliance Board of Advisors; Downtown Safety Task Force; Lane Metro Partnership; and the Public Lands Advisory Committee.

His past community service includes membership on the board of directors for the Relief Nursery, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Eugene, Inc. and the Downtown Commission. He is a former member of the Eugene Police Commission, a past president of the Cal Young Neighborhood Association and a past chairperson of the Willakenzie Planning Team.

John’s passion is the outdoors, including fishing, and related outdoor activities. He is dedicated to protecting the local environment and has worked to ensure clean waterways. He is particularly devoted to the preservation of clean drinking water.

John became a commercial real estate appraiser in 1977. From 1990 to 2005, he enjoyed a successful career as a principal in Duncan & Brown, the Willamette Valley’s largest and most diverse real estate appraisal and consulting firm. In 2006, John joined Alan Evans and Jeff Elder as a full partner in Evans Elder and Brown Commercial Real Estate.

The honor will be conveyed at the Eugene Chamber’s annual Celebration of Business presented by Summit Bank set for Tuesday, February 3rd at the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center.