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.
Katy is the CEO and Co-Owner of The Robert Axle Project and Old Man Mountain, two global bicycle component and accessory companies based in Bend. She currently handles all strategic direction, finance, marketing and a brand management for the two brands. Her background includes environmental education, writing, copywriting, marketing and non-profit work. Prior to owning two businesses, she was a freelance writer and copywriter, and author of the mountain biking guidebook, Mountain Bike Bend: 46 Singletrack Routes. She has lived in Bend since 1997 and enjoys mountain biking, trail running, traveling, surfing, knitting and eating tacos.
I'm co-owner of NorthWest AeroBarrier. I have a bit of an obsession with design, performance and efficiency. When practiced together I find that amazing results tend to follow. My professional background in design, performance and efficiency goes back to composite experimental aircraft with Lancair in Redmond, Oregon. I was able to continue pursuing applying these interests in residential construction cutting my teeth with a leading green building company and then partnering in Dream Home Building and Design. The pursuit of better technology to improve the design, performance and efficiency of the built environment led my business partner and I to start NorthWest AeroBarrier in 2018.
Barrett is a partner for Step & Spine Physical Therapy.
Before becoming the owner of the Barre3-Bend-studio, Alisha Wiater was a regular client who took her first barre3 class in 2013. She was instantly drawn to the challenging workout and the warm community and truly committed to the Barre3 lifestyle—one of physical activity, nourishment of both body and mind, and connection to community. She took her background in social work and education and uses this along with the Barre3 franchise Mission and Core Values to nurture and grow the Bend studio and community.
I am a 4th generation insurance agent. I am a Central Oregonian native, graduating from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Outdoor Recreation Facilitation. I enjoy traveling and spending time on the river with my family and Bassett hounds on the weekend.
I am president of Your True Nature, my family company founded by my dad in 1999. I studied environmental economics and music in college, and after, I worked in consulting and mitigation banking before finding my way home to Your True Nature. After leading the company together for several years, my dad retired and I became president, leaving room to put my own spirit into daily operations as well as long term vision; while still honoring the success and wisdom of the past. My leadership of the company is based in creativity, vulnerability, honesty, environmental commitment, problem solving, vision, personal growth, and trust in the amazing team that surrounds me. When I'm not working, I am outside enjoying nature or singing!
Todd has led the BendFilm organization since 2014. In that time the organization’s budget tripled, it has acquired a daily-operating cinema, the Tin Pan Theater, and was named “Top 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” in 2019. Prior to working at BendFilm, Todd Looby was the Director of a successful non-profit that runs a boarding school in Liberia, West Africa. Early in his professional career. Todd also began his professional career as a business manager for Chicago’s largest general construction firm. Todd is also a self-taught filmmaker and his second narrative feature, “LEFTY,” screened at festivals across the country and was named in “The Top 10 Movies of 2009…” by the “Chicago Tribune’s Metromix.” His follow-up, “Son of None”—a narrative short shot in Liberia—won the Special Jury Award at Slamdance 2011 and won Best Short at the Boston Film Festival. Todd’s last narrative feature, “Be Good,” stars established filmmakers and actors Amy Seimetz and Joe Swanberg and was called, “Well acted, crafted and observed” by “Variety.”
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.
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.