OK 24: Owners of Small to Medium Sized Businesses
This team of small business owners focuses on employee management, general business development and strategic planning. All members are owners with employees.
Meeting time: 2nd Thursday of the month from 8 – 11am
Retired executive with experiences across sales, marketing and general management (CEO), high tech and marketing services industries, three start-up companies and two Fortune 1000 companies, operating from the U.S. and Europe, with frequent travel to Asia. Also have done some sales and marketing consulting, and created and taught a class in the Portland State University graduate program on the use of market research to improve the process of innovation. I am currently active with two non-profits, in addition to my work with Opportunity Knocks.
Scott is a member of International Managerial Accountants, International Business Brokers Association and is currently a Certified Managerial Accountant candidate. He has experience in domestic, international, public and private companies in the manufacturing, medical, tech, retail, education, service and nonprofit sectors. At ProCFO, Scott serves in CFO roles, accounting, business acquisitions and consulting. He has also founded, been on boards of directors, invested in and been an advisor of a number of companies.
Val is a designer at her core. She has been strategizing, concepting, and designing marketing and advertising programs for a wide variety of clients since 1976. She and her husband Robert own Delicious Design and are celebrating 25 years in business in 2016. She is the Managing Partner of Delicious Design and loves working with clients to assist them in achieving their business goals.
Craig Jones is the Co-Owner of Amolite. Amolite brings the Life Vessel to Oregon as the most effective healing tool we found during our decade long journey of healing for Craig's wife, Tracy. At Amolite we believe that a balanced body is designed to keep itself healthy and the Life Vessel does an incredible job of balancing the body through relaxation therapy sessions.
I have been working in real estate for the past 14 years. During this time I have helped build Fulcrom Properties Group, a nationally recognized team for production primarily based out of the Washington DC area. Prior to real estate, I was in various sales and management positions ranging from employee benefits, insurance, and ad sales.
Rob is the owner of Fincham Financial Group. He is a licensed agent of New York Life Insurance Company, a Registered Representative of NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Licensed Insurance Agency and a Financial Adviser offering investment advisory services through Eagle Strategies LLC.
Sean is the owner and founder of Cascade Crest Transitions. For the past 15 years, Sean worked in leadership positions in wilderness education and residential treatment programs. The past 10 years have been in Bend Oregon at a long-standing transition program for Young Adults. Sean served as the Executive Director for the past 4 years. When the decision was made to close the program, Sean decided to take advantage of the wealth of wisdom, knowledge and resources left in the wake to start his own program. He gathered some of the key staff people and founded Cascade Crest Transitions. It is his goal to continue to provide safe, effective and state-of-the-art treatment to young adults struggling with the transition to adulthood.
Connie is a CIT (Certified Industry Technician) in the Construction Industry and is the president of Premier Builders Exchange. Connie started with the Exchange in 2000 and quickly moved to the position of Office Manager, she purchased the business from the previous owner in 2005 and successfully navigated it through the downturn in the economy. When Connie is not connecting contractors and projects, she is working with and for the youth of La Pine in various capacities including as a Youth Leader for Crescent Creek Community Church.
Bill is the founder of State Basketball Championship. He began his professional career as a federal bank examiner which focused on extensive analysis of bank loan and investment portfolios. In 1994, Bill successfully started a fantasy sports and technology company from scratch and grew the company to multi-million dollars in sales. In 2007, he sold his personal interest and was retained by buyers to manage the day-to-day business through 2010.
It’s rare that someone finds their passion at such a young age and follows it dogmatically, unwilling to be diverted by adolescent whims. But just like her images, Michelle stayed focused. She got accepted at the USC Cinema and eventually landed a job at National Geographic/Sony, Monterey Bay Aquarium, BBC, and became a media teacher. For over ten years, she’s owned Wahoo Films. Michelle’s genuine passion for her clients is evident in the videos she produces for them.
Derri Sandberg has worked in the eye care industry since 2000, and in Central Oregon since 2007. Prior to living in Bend, Derri lived and grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. She is an eye care provider and owner of Lifetime Vision Care and joined OK 24 team in 2013.