OK 5: Owners of Growing Service Businesses
This team is a mature group of growing service businesses.
Meeting time: First Thursday of the month from 12 to 3pm
Steve is the director for the Small Business Development Center at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. He loves working with entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them build a business that works for them. Steve has been a business owner himself and worked with hundreds of small businesses throughout his career doing research, developing strategy and creating brands.
Christine has worked, played and volunteered in Bend (save a short stint in Santa Fe) since her move here in 2001. She was a founder of Volunteers in Medicine and served as Executive Director for 5 years. After leaving that post, she assisted in the start-up of a VIM model clinic in San Francisco. She has served on numerous boards including HealthMatters, Bend 2030, DogPAC and, most recently, Central Oregon Locavore. Additionally, she has assisted numerous non-profits with special events, board development, major gift solicitation, and strategic planning around growth.
Prior to moving to Bend she worked for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Christine has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington.
Cathy has been an entrepreneur for 25 years, and previously had a commercial cleaning company. She went back to school for her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine and is currently a Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist and doctor of Oriental Medicine nationally certified. She is the owner and founder of Pacific Herbs, the company she always wanted and her last start up.
RJ is an inspiring and passionate leader, with a creative and sustainably-minded team approach. He brings 25 years of experience with site development and building design to his clientele, and is skilled at delivering complex projects of varying magnitudes within the framework of a larger plan. As Ultra Architecture's principal architect, RJ provides overall project team leadership and design which focuses on collaborative team integration of innovative design, sustainability, technical systems, construction administration, and on-site resolution. RJ’s strength is in making synergistic connections between clients and community stakeholders, and delivering a consistently high level of design and sustainability from concepts through project completion.
I have been a freelance commercial photographer and film maker for 15 + years. My career and client base has grown to includes both local and national clients across many industries. I am very passionate about creating images of people in their environment and collaborating with brands and organizations to tell their stories and help move their missions forward. I am the owner of Martin Sundberg Photography.
Jimmy Smith is the owner of Smith Martial Arts & Fitness. He was brought up in foster homes since the age 3 and survived through hardship of inner city living in Los Angeles Ca. I was fortunate to have a foster parent that introduced me to Martial arts and has competed in competitions from boxing, kickboxing and was fortunate enough to work in Hollywood as a stunt double and assistant fight choreographer. I also lived in as personal trainer, bodyguard for private client in Los Angeles.
Dorothy is the owner of Rolfing Connections, LLC. She has been a Certified Rolfer since 2014 and she is thrilled to be able to work with her clients to help them feel better in their bodies. She spent the previous 20 years in business operations, in a variety of industries. She was motivated to become a Rolfer by her positive personal experience with the work. Dorothy holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Spanish from Duke University.
Larry is the President of Press Pros Printing. As a full-service printing firm, we provide many business-to-business services you might not expect to find under one roof. Yes, we print just about any business form imaginable, but we also provide many collateral sales and marketing services to help you grow your business.
Sue is the owner of Bend Dutch Vacation Rentals. "I am passionate about providing wonderful experiences for stays in vacation homes in Bend, Oregon. Operating a successful STR / VR (short term rentals & vacation rentals) company that offers great homes that are well located, maintained and clean, is a daily task I take very seriously. Taking care of an owner's investment in a second property is key. Just as important is being sensitive to the community, it's neighborhoods and all aspects of this wonderful city called Bend, Oregon."
Greg Fowler is the principal of Fowler & Co., Inc., a Certified Public Accounting Firm in Bend, Oregon. Greg’s practice is focused on helping business owners grow while managing the complexities of tax and accounting issues. Greg became a CPA in 1994 and a Certified Financial Planner (2003). He has over twenty years of professional and business experience in a range of industries including public accounting, financial planning, manufacturing and software development. His other community activities include Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend and Treasurer of TEDxBend.
Brian is the President/CEO of Alpine Internet and is a web developer, designer, and usability specialist. A trusted guide for web marketing strategy, design and development, Alpine delivers versatile and effective sites, apps, and hosting. Brian founded Alpine in May 1999 after a 10 year career at Intel Corp and has been an OK member for 8 years.
Vic Martinez is a Commercial Insurance Agent with Insurance Partners. Vic has built his business by assisting medium to large commercial accounts identify risks and then providing the appropriate product to protect their assets. He has lived in Bend since 1993, and joined the OK 5 team in 1998.
Vic also currently serves on three other Boards, the Bend Chamber of Commerce Board, Rotary Club of Greater Bend and is the Board Chair for Bend 2030.