OK 15: Owners of Medium to Large Businesses
We are a team of rapidly growing businesses with twenty or more employees.
Meeting time: 3rd Monday of the month from 7 to 10am
Jim started four businesses in Minneapolis, the fourth one growing to 200 employees. He is the author of six books on small business including Small Business for Dummies, one of the nation’s top sellers in its category. He has founded four nonprofits in Bend, including TEDxBend and Opportunity Knocks, and has also completed three nonprofit turnarounds. Jim is currently Board Chair of Humm Kombucha, Boys & Girls Club and Opportunity Knocks and has facilitated hundreds of OK team meetings since OK’s 1996 founding.
S.J. has had a diverse career including co-founding and serving as an executive (Vice-Chairman, CEO, President, Executive Vice President) for several companies in the software, mobile and web services sectors, and in the medical technology diagnostic and treatment sectors. In addition to serving in executive management positions throughout his career he has also served on or currently serves on a number of boards for private, publicly-traded and not-for-profit companies.
Steve Comstock is the Chief Financial Officer with BasX Solutions, a fast growing manufacturer of custom air handling systems, located in the Redmond area. As a careered managerial accountant, having spent the past 15 years at the C-Level, looks forward to advancing the growth curve with BasX. Steve is a member of Rotary International and believes in the strength of developing a strong business/community relationship.
Meg Chun is the CEO and Brand Manager of KIALOA, a paddlesports company located in Bend, Oregon. She sits on the advisory boards for U.S. Bank, 1859 magazine, and Opportunity Knocks. She is President, coach, and member of Bend Oregon Outrigger and stays actively engaged with her passion - outrigger canoe racing. Meg works and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband Dave where she shares her passion for paddling and enjoys the many outdoor activities that Central Oregon has to offer.
As the Bend Chamber President, Katy Brooks works with Bend Chamber members and community leaders to build and maintain a business ecosystem that is diverse with incredible human talent to create a vibrant, resilient economy. Katy’s career features forging value-added partnerships and collaboration to secure public/private funding, create new business ecosystems and attract and retain diverse development. She directed economic development, public affairs and public/private partnerships for the ports of Portland and Vancouver, USA. During her time at the ports, Katy also accrued experience in transportation policy and planning, environmental management issues, and commercial/industrial development. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board, led freight emissions reduction efforts and served on local and state business boards. Katy has been a public affairs and strategic planning consultant for public and private organizations in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I launched a 20+ year career in adventure and wilderness therapy. I have worked in a variety of academic and therapeutic settings across the U.S. In addition to overseeing all aspects of New Vision Wilderness (NVW), I serve as the Membership Committee Chair for the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH), and as a member of the state of Oregon Outdoor Youth Program (OYP) Advisory Council. I have spoken at national conferences on topics ranging from wilderness risk management to mental health. I champion the strong culture at NVW, with a focus on empathy, leadership, and best in class services and practices. I am proud to collaborate with such an amazing team of professionals at NVW and consider it a privilege to serve children and families. When not at work, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.
Preston’s early career was spent in sales, marketing, business development and management for Hewlett Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, and Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services. After that, he made the transition to Silicon Valley startups in such roles as business development, product development and information technology. Today Preston is the CEO of Five Talent Software, a Bend-based company focused on custom websites, mobile apps and custom enterprise application development.
Isaac is the CEO and co-founder of Red Jacket West, formerly Choose Growth. A web-based e-learning company, Red Jacket West provides thought leaders across the U.S. the vehicle and tools necessary to develop virtual training courses and build their own brands. Choose Growth relocated their business from Portland to Bend in 2014.
Tannus is the CEO and co-founder of Vantage Clinical Solutions, a 22-employee, Bend based provider of consulting services to Physical Therapy companies across the U.S. Tannus holds an MBA from Duke University with an emphasis on marketing and finance. Tannus’s clinical experience spans a variety of healthcare settings including sports medicine, outpatient rehab, acute care physical therapy, impatient care and home health.
Shannon Mara is the CFO of Sudara. Shannon has worked in healthcare management and business consulting since moving to Bend in 1994. Prior to that she was a strategy consultant in San Francisco and a chemical engineer. Shannon holds an MBA from Stanford University, where she developed expertise in entrepreneurship and brand development; she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Shannon loves to guide change, put the right people in the right spots, find the right people, and inspire and challenge organizations.
A leader that empowers people by creating order out of chaos. A career spent successfully redefining, building and activating commercial operations, cross functional organizations and go to market strategies. Leadership experience is both unique and diverse with a combination of roles including GM P&L management, Sales, Marketing and Category Analytics/Data Science at both the individual contributor and senior management level at: Revlon, Clorox, Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Cord Blood Registry and AMAG Pharmaceuticals. Currently Chief Revenue Officer at Prelude.
Tyson holds a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. Co-Founder and CEO of SeQuential. Longest running commercial biodiesel producer on the west coast, producing one of the lowest carbon liquid transportation fuels in the market.