OK 29: Owners of Growing Companies
OK 29 Emerging Businesses
This team is made up of traded sector entrepreneurs focused on growth. These companies are out of the start up phase and are growing significantly. The team is comprised of two very small software companies (2 or less FTEs) and three growth-focused companies with 10+/- FTEs and large market potentials; the (b) group are all facing similar growth issues and are very open to mentoring to help them get to the next level.
Meeting time: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7am to 10am
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.
Adam is the Executive Director for the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab. With over 10 years of experience in startup acceleration, small business development, and technology transfer, Adam is an expert at building initiatives that support innovators, entrepreneurs, funders, and their communities.
Adam earned his juris doctor from Duquesne University and a bachelor's degree from Penn State University.
Becca is President and co-founder of Red Plate Foods, manufacturer of delicious, allergy friendly foods. Prior to entering the food industry with Red Plate Foods, Becca was an SEO consultant and also founded a children's room decor company that was sold in 2008.
Facebook selected Bud Torcom and TT Marketing to be on the Small/Medium Business Council due to their success within Facebook and Instagram! That is why we have built a company which continues to provide Social Media services for small to mid-size businesses with tactics that have been proven to work.
20 years experience in Business leadership, management, and strategy, 10 years in startups and entrepreneurship. CEO and Chairman of medical device startup, Senior engineer at Natural Gas Engine Startup, Advisor and Director of various boards and startups. Held roles such as Director of Engineering, Asia, and GM of offshore facility for publicly traded automotive company, President of local engineering company.
Chris Kratsch is the founder of The Robert Axle Project. A bicycle component and accessory manufacturer producing solutions which inspire travelers, families and commuters to use their modern bikes for local adventures or trips around the world. His background is in account management, forecasting and sales experience in the outdoor industry with Metolius Climbing additional experience in manufacturing while at Outback Manufacturing.
Chez moved to Bend to do more of what she loves - spend time outdoors, play with wildflowers, and run Gobi Gear, her outdoor gear company. In addition to being an accomplished wildlife biologist and world traveler, Chez is an entrepreneur at heart and loves all aspects of starting and growing businesses. She loves challenges and asks, "well why not?" when it seems something may not be possible.
Andy is co-owner of Pure Polish Products. Pure Polish is his sixth company as owner or founder. As a serial entrepreneur, he has run companies in tech consulting, marketing, education, and sports. He was pitcher and CEO of the 6-man team that founded SherpaDash (an analytics & conversion-reporting software for small businesses) which won Startup Weekend in Corvallis, 2009. Andy has also consulted over 100 businesses and government institutions on marketing and development. His Masters Degree is in Sport Psychology, yielding from a long career as a competitive cyclist. He has also participated on the international stage in the World Championships of Poker at the WSOP Main Event.
I grew up in Oregon, completed my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University, later returning for a Master Degree in Business & Rhetoric. I worked in marketing in Chicago and Portland before starting Sprout Tours 6 years ago. I currently enjoy volunteering as a Board Member for the Oregon Humane Society and serve as Secretary for the Portland Relocation Council. My greatest joy in life is watching my almost 4 year old daughter Preston Grace grow up with my husband Ben, we work hard to continuously get into trouble as much as we can while over spoiling our dog Ollie and cat Sammy.
Affton is the CEO and Founder of Broken Top Candle Company, a Bend based company curating candles, lotions, soap, and perfumes. Since 2015, Affton has spent her time educating herself on marketing, wholesale distribution in the gift industry, and product design and development.
Josh is the owner of The Gear Fix.
Niki is the Founder at HYDAWAY™ - HydawayBottle.com. More than an inventor, Niki Singlaub is a ‘product guy’ and lives for designing, developing, building, and launching new products into the world. Niki came up with the Hydaway concept while traveling as a freelance product developer. Niki’s expertise stems from almost twenty years in design, development, and management of consumer products in multiple industries. His background in engineering and business has prepared him to problem solve at all stages of the product launch process. On most days you can find Niki in and around the high desert of Bend, Oregon testing gear, brainstorming ideas, and taking his family beyond their comfort level.