He came, he saw, he conquered the entire beer list at Burnside Brewing Co. on his very first trip to Portland – in one sitting. Banning earned his degree from Humboldt State University in Journalism and Mass Communication while already hard at work in PR, social media management, event planning, copy writing, and media production/planning for several of his alma mater's departments and non-profit organizations in the local Humboldt area. In December 2015, after graduating and saying Aloha! to his tiny hometown on the Big Island of Hawai'i, he packed up his entire life and moved to the Portland area to work with LGP. When not indulging in Portland's awesome food and drink, Banning is checking out (and getting down to) the local music scene, finding the next best craft brew (he's a stout lover!), and hiking his way through the Pacific Northwest.