OK 29: Rapidly Growing Product Companies
I help businesses reach higher growth and profitability while also coaching executive teams to perform at their best. My track record of building my business to be one of Oregon's Fastest Growing Companies (2 years in a row) and on the Inc. 5000 (2 years in a row), while also being voted one of the best places to work in Oregon provides a library of actionable experience for my clients.
Matt approaches design as both a creative and a business strategist. He earned his stripes working at Lippincott (NYC) before spending ten years as a senior member for Nike creative team. His work has been featured in over fifty publications, seven documentary films, as well as by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Matt is the President and Creative Director of Watson Creative – a research-based creative studio.
Matt is married to Jessica and has two children, Henry (10) and Penelope (8), along with a dog and cat. They moved to Bend about a year ago on live on the West side.
Can be found: yelling at/for the Oregon State Beavers
Favorite sneaker: Original Air Max 90
I am the CEO and founder of Defense Architecture Systems Inc. and Gallant Technologies Inc. After a 14 year career at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory working on a multitude of government programs, I bring over 25 years of engineering design, prototyping and management for DAS customers in need of critical operational systems. I am dedicated to ensuring client and employee success, while bringing new capabilities and easier decision making to complex problems.
I was born in Colorado and moved to Maryland in the late 90's. With our move to Bend in 2020, I have been able to get back to my mountain-based Sasquatchian roots. I enjoy hanging with my family and focusing on outdoor activities including biking, running, and snowboarding.
Affton is the CEO and Founder of Broken Top Brands, a Bend based company curating soy candles, lotions, soap, linen sprays and more. If you were to meet her person, she’d tell you the following: She’s a mother of three, has an immense love for tacos, paddle boarding, hitting the gym, and spending as much time with family and friends as humanly possible.
Founded in 2015 in her small kitchen, the company has grown to its current state in a 10,000 sq foot manufacturing facility in Bend, and a tight knit crew of 27 staff members that now make up the growing company. Affton found success in pitching to key wholesale accounts starting locally, and now features her products in Macy’s, Whole Foods, Crate and Barrel, and more, maintaining sustainable packaging and plant-based ingredients along the way!