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Office hours (Pacific time)
  M-F 8:30a-5:30p
  Sa 9:00a-4:00p
  Su 9:00a-4:00p

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  Portland Spirit
  110 SE Caruthers Street
  Portland, OR 97214-4513

Portland Spirit History

The Portland Spirit, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin and Explorer vessels are locally owned and locally operated by American Waterways, Inc., which began operations in 1994. The Portland Spirit company also operates the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Locks Waterfront Grill, Marine Park Visitors Center, Gorge Pavilion and Thunder Island in the Port of Cascade Locks, Oregon. We employ approximately 150 people seasonally.

The Portland Spirit offices and moorage and maintenance facility are located just upstream (South) of OMSI (The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and Portland Opera. Here is a map to help you.

Our People

Daniel H. Yates


Heralding from upstate New York, Dan served in the U.S. Navy, received his Bachelor’s from Centre College in Kentucky, and his MBA from the University of Virginia. Dan is a past President of the Central Eastside Industrial Council and serves on the boards of several other non-profit organizations.

Dennis Corwin, General Manager

Dennis Corwin
General Manager


A native Oregonian, Dennis Corwin has been with the Portland Spirit since the very beginning in 1994. Dennis studied business and music performance at Portland State University. He has been in the restaurant/hospitality industry for over 25 years. He has also performed in over 50 theatrical productions around the region with such companies as Portland Opera, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Center for the Arts and Portland Civic Theatre.

Besides running the day to day operations for the Portland Spirit and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, Dennis is also the Company Security Officer, the ADA Compliance Officer, the Director of Entertainment, Director of Merchandising and most recently, the lead cast member for the upcoming Portland Spirit Docu-series "Ships Ahoy!"

Kelli Bergstrom
Sales Director


Armin Pinto
Executive Chef


Armin Pinto has been with the Portland Spirit since the late '90s, beginning as a dishwasher and working his way through the ranks to Executive Chef.

Jeff Caldwell
General Manager, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler


Mindy Dean-Caldwell
Executive Service Director


Mindy Dean-Caldwell hails from the state of Iowa, living now in Oregon with her family, and has worked in the restaurant industry for many years. Now in her ninth year with the Portland Spirit, Mindy has seen every level of responsibility in the service industry and enjoys enabling people to reach their goals.

Todd Bolger
Operations Manager


Kaye Conklin, CHAE


In April of 1999, Kaye joined the Portland Spirit management team. A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono, Kaye moved to Oregon in 1979. She worked in the hotel industry for over 18 years at the Inn at Otter Crest in Otter Rock, and the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland before changing her career path.

Geoerl Niles
Human Resources Director


Geoerl is responsible for all matters regarding our Human Resources department.

Michael and Owen Chan

Michael Chan
IS/IT Director


Michael Chan has worked for the Portland Spirit since October 1997. Originally from upstate New York, Michael previously worked in the broadcast industry as an announcer and producer, and in various capacities in the food and beverage industry.

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