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.
Ms. Yates has significant experience in tax, accounting and financial consulting for closely held businesses. She consults business owners and their families in business succession and estate planning matters. As a part of this work, she assists professionals and business owners in developing strategies to finance and capitalize their companies and develop purchase or sale strategies. She has also been called to provide expert testimony in areas of business accounting.
In addition to her work in public accounting, Ms. Yates has worked within businesses both as an accountant and as a financial officer. This experience provides her a deeper understanding of closely-held businesses and their needs.
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.
Josh is the owner of The Gear Fix.
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.
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.
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.
Garrett is the co-founder of July Nine, an Oregon based brand focusing on unique American made goods inspired by travel, snowboarding, engineering school and years in front of a sewing machine.
Peter Wheary is the president of GreenLoop IT Solutions, an IT Managed Services company focused on bringing top notch, affordable computer network services and trusted technology planning to small and medium sized businesses in Oregon and Arizona.