The success of Opportunity Knocks is largely attributed to the passionate, knowledgeable and trained volunteers that serve as team Facilitators. As leaders of their teams, they provide their members with a structured agenda with a strategic focus producing action items for each of the team’s members.
Some of the benefits that Opportunity Knocks Facilitators experience include: Taking pride in helping team members flourish in their business undertakings, Gain insight and learn new skills and practices that improve their professional abilities and contribute to the broader community well being by helping team members improve their business functioning, which then has a positive impact and ripple effect community wide.
If you have an interest in learning more about becoming an Opportunity Knocks Facilitator, please contact Aly Waibel, Executive Director at [email protected] or phone 541-588-2719.
Ken Streater is an entrepreneur and community growth leader. As an international adventure travel outfitter Ken led wilderness expeditions on five continents, facilitating camaraderie and life changing experiences for clients from around the world. As an owner of NAI Cascade Commercial Real Estate, Ken and the team are reshaping the brokerage industry by embracing the value of community before commodity. And, as a founding partner of Motivation.com and author of books and producer of live events that showcase everyday heroes as the cornerstone to our evolution, Ken sparks the desire in people to be more individually and do more for one another, recognizing that community growth is paramount to personal success.
Jay is the Advanced Operations (Contractor) at Cascadian Group, LLC. He is a technically skilled and business-savvy senior manager/consultant with extensive experience in sales, project/ product management, manufacturing operations and business development. Jay has a solid record of profitable sales growth and driving operational and manufacturing efficiencies through Lean initiatives. He is adept at analyzing production systems and client requirements, identifying root causes of problems, and delivering strategically-focused decisions that deliver positive financial results for both client and company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the past 10 years, Valerie has overseen the marketing for Brooks Resources, one of the region’s oldest and most respected real estate development companies. In her role as the Director of Marketing, she manages multiple strategic marketing plans and day-to-day tactics including events, campaigns, digital marketing and PR. In addition to volunteering for OK, Valerie is the Vice Chair of the Family Access Network Foundation Board.
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.
Aly Waibel is the Executive Director of Opportunity Knocks. She works closely with the Board of Directors to oversee the strategic planning and operations of Opportunity Knocks. Aly recieved her PhD from the department of Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona College of Education. She is the owner of Compassion Education.
Caleb is a Principal at Bend Accounting PC, a full service accounting firm in Bend.
Andrea is the owner of Sage Coach, Inc. A sage expert in leadership and entrepreneurship, Andrea brings 36 years of business experience to her work. She works with C-level executives, movers and shakers in Human Resources, and all leaders. She is the author of An Entrepreneur's Trail Guide.
Charles is a Business Alliance Executive at Paladin Data Corporation. He has consulted with companies in high-tech, retail sales, and marketing for over 30 years. For much of his business career he has been an entrepreneur in many different occupational domains including, retail services, real estate and enterprise software. Currently, and for the past 8 years, Charles maintains a position as the Business Alliances Executive for Paladin Data Corporation.
Connie Newport is the Co-facilitator of OK 28. She moved to Bend in 2001 after retiring as a parks and recreation director in suburban Chicago. In addition to Opportunity Knocks, she has served on the board of the Bend Parks Foundation, the Bend Golf and Country Club and currently serves on the board of the St. Charles Foundation and has done work for several non-profits.
Eric Meade joined Entre Prises Climbing Walls in 1994 and led it through its largest growth period in history, before a successful exit in 2008. Since then, he worked as the Membership Director for Opportunity Knocks, was an investor in two Bend Venture Conferences, co-founded Bend Outdoor Worx and opened his own consulting business-Eric Meade Consulting. His passion is to support and develop leaders of businesses to establish clear strategies, financial planning, implementation planning, and a sustainable profitability model.
Chris is an Executive and Entrepreneur with broad-based experienced in technology, finance, business development, strategic planning and operations, with proven leadership ability in taking companies from early stage to market impact. Proven ability to lead, manage, and inspire: The essentials of growing a sustainable, valuable business.
Linden Gross is a bestselling writer, successful writing coach and blog coach, and the founder of the One Stop Writing Shop. Drawing on her editing and writing background, as well as her experience with and love for teaching, she helps make her clients' messages and writing sound like them—only better. Tapping into her love of travel and background as a national journalist and travel writer, Linden is also the driving force behind Oregon LocalGetaways, where people can find great deals on drive-to destinations.
I've been a long time Bend resident and business owner. I've spent the last 25 years as an owner/operator of several business and love the excitement of entrepreneurship.
S.J. has had a diverse career including co-founding and serving as an executive (Vice-Chairman, CEO, President, Executive Vice President) for several companies in the software, mobile and web services sectors, and in the medical technology diagnostic and treatment sectors. In addition to serving in executive management positions throughout his career he has also served on or currently serves on a number of boards for private, publicly-traded and not-for-profit companies.
Georell Bracelin helps businesses brand, plan, market and promote. A Central Oregonian for nearly 20 years, she is the owner and marketing strategist behind Gb2 Agency, a full-service advertising agency. Georell has worked over the years with many small and large Central Oregon businesses and has launched several businesses along the way, including a successful snowboard brand for female riders. Currently, she calls on these years of experience and adventure to help her put together irresistible and creative marketing strategies and campaigns for her clients.
Jim started four businesses in Minneapolis, the fourth one growing to 200 employees. He is the author of six books on small business including Small Business for Dummies, one of the nation’s top sellers in its category. He has founded four nonprofits in Bend, including TEDxBend and Opportunity Knocks, and has also completed three nonprofit turnarounds. Jim is currently Board Chair of Humm Kombucha, Boys & Girls Club and Opportunity Knocks and has facilitated hundreds of OK team meetings since OK’s 1996 founding.
Sonja Donohue is the Executive Director of The Center Foundation. She is an expert in delivering results in sales and marketing through relationship building and proven marketing strategies. Her specialties include: ustomer service, strategic planning, team building, communication and interpersonal skills.
Bridgit is the Global Procurement Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard. She is skilled in building excellent rapport and driving alignment on common goals with customers, team members and executive leadership. Bridget has direct experience in Strategic Procurement, IT solutions, Human Resources, Supply Chain, Tooling and Documentation, Research and Development, and Manufacturing.
Guy Vernon is an advisor at Vernon Property Management and the owner of Vernon Construction. He has been in business for over 30 years and is a longtime member of Opportunity Knocks.
Carole is the Owner and Operator at La Rosa, an Authentic Mexican Kitchen.
Molly owns Sublime Creative Agency and is responsible for Marketing Strategy and Planning. With over 24 years of marketing, advertising and sales experience, Molly has contributed to a number of small to large companies in the areas of marketing, business and media plan strategy, marketing communications, product development, and creating advertising campaigns for both consumer and business marketing. She is very active in the Central Oregon community through various non-profits and business associations. In her spare time, she loves yoga, reading a good book, running the trails of Central Oregon, skiing in powder at Mt Bachelor and golfing with her husband Ken and son Sam.
Dave is the paddle designer and a co-owner of Kialoa. A long time outrigger paddler, he learned his craft, in a makeshift shop located on the back porch of his parents’ home in Kailua, Hawaii. Dave and Meg Chun moved Kialoa to Bend, Oregon, in 1992, where they manufacture products for paddlers.
Ruth is Principal of Ruth Williamson Consulting. She also delivers the Culture in Action™ process as a partner in We, Inc. She was twice elected to the Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors, has served as past chair and founding board member of Bend 2030 and is currently on the board of World Muse. She was a steering committee member representing recreation interests for the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project and sits on the Boundary TAC for the City of Bend's UGB remand project. Her educational background includes an ACTP certification for coaching through the International Coaching Federation, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Washington.
Dan Duggan is a consultant with Lion Heart Consulting, Inc. He is an inspirational leader, teacher, and coach with over 20-year’s experience as a successful business executive. He possesses the invaluable ability to quickly assess where an organization ‘s creative energy flows and where it is blocked. Once the areas of focus are identified, Dan’s insight and sincerity create a safe environment in which people discover their innate courage and they begin to accomplish what they never thought possible. Through deep caring, humor and strong coaching, he helps leaders to open to the joy in their work and invite forth the creative energy already existing in their organizations.
Jo Smith is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), executive coach and speaker. Prior to returning to her hometown of Portland in 2001 to renew her private consulting practice, Jo Smith Associates, Jo served as Managing Consultant of the Los Angeles office of Drake Beam Morin (DBM), where she led a team of consultants and staff to become one of the global human resource consulting firm's top-performing offices (measured by employee satisfaction, client satisfaction and profit margins). She served as a Project Director with DBM, directing the service delivery of multi-million dollar projects to clients with multiple sites across the United States, including Cisco Systems, Dell Computers, Hewlett Packard and Qualcomm.
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.
Julie Harrelson is CEO of Harrelson Group, Fund Manager, Cascade Angels. Julie is a trusted adviser to leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. She has navigated executive roles in design, technology, and angel investing. During the course of her career, clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Nike, and Intel.
Scott is a member of International Managerial Accountants, International Business Brokers Association and is currently a Certified Managerial Accountant candidate. He has experience in domestic, international, public and private companies in the manufacturing, medical, tech, retail, education, service and nonprofit sectors. At ProCFO, Scott serves in CFO roles, accounting, business acquisitions and consulting. He has also founded, been on boards of directors, invested in and been an advisor of a number of companies.
Over 25 years of banking experience at Bank of the Cascades including previous branch, Treasury Solutions, Service Quality and Marketing roles. Throughout my career I have been actively involved in the community and served in volunteer roles for organizations including the St. Charles Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Oregon. and Redmond Area Park & Recreation
President and CEO of Jeld-Wen Communities from 1988-2010
Vice Chair of Bank of the Cascades from 1993 - present
Developed Eagle Crest, Brasada Ranch, Running Y Ranch, and Silver Mountain
Manny Freitas is a seasoned technology business professional. His experience includes roles in senior leadership positions in hardware, software, operating systems, and computer networking product companies. Since moving to Bend in April 2016, Manny has joined EDCO, become an Opportunity Knocks mentor as well as a business advisor to Simbaware and ttMarketing, and has joined the Board of Opportunity Knocks.
Julie N. Lyche has lived and worked in Central Oregon for more than 20 years and has been the Executive Director of the Family Access Network (FAN) since 2003. She has worked with community agencies for over 25 years as a funder and agency provider, focusing on issues involving children and families.
I am the Executive Director of NeighborImpact and started my career in nonprofit management in 1988. I have served in leadership and staff roles in local, state and national organizations. I have been a local elected official since 1997, serving on the county commission, city council and school board. I have also served on various state boards and commissions.
Brenda Speirs is the Queen Bee at Buzztag, a boutique corporate gift and brand merchandising agency with big-firm capabilities. Most days you’ll find her searching tirelessly for standout promotional products that tell her clients’ brand stories. Because to Brenda, it’s not just about slapping logos on stuff. It’s about how people feel when they receive a branded item. It’s about providing customers with a new favorite coffee mug that will hold their morning fuel or an unbelievably comfy hoodie that they wear around the house every single weekend. It’s about making people say “I love this.”
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.
I have successfully led software sales organizations from early stage start-ups such as Tivoli Systems to high growth divisions within mature companies such as SAP and IBM. I am currently the SVP Sales at Numecent. These results comes from a focus on repeatable customer success. My passion is to bring disruptive technology solutions to customers who become wildly successful using those technologies. Building success then becomes a simple formula: Leverage early successful customer use cases and results, determine the appropriate sales methodology and then ramp for high-velocity growth with effective hiring.
I have spent the last 13 years within the banking industry. I started as a teller with Wamu while going to school at U of O for business. Quickly I found that I needed more to keep my career going and moved into a banker position. Since that time I have worked for Wamu, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, and now US Bank in many positions from licensed investment banker to management positions. I now work as a business specialist at US Bank helping businesses find the lending and operational services they need as well as networking within the community to connect businesses to resources that will help them grow and prosper.
Bea is the Director of Development & Communications at the Deschutes River Conservancy. She has over 25 years of professional experience in marketing, communications, fundraising, management, business development, strategic program development and organizational development. Bea holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
I am currently a Real Estate Broker in the residential and commercial markets with Bend Luxury Realty. In the past I built a business in China, Art and Soul Business Development, acting as a design and production firm for clients in N. America and Europe. Clients such as Michael's Craft Stores hired me to design and then run production for them in multiple factories in China. The product line was wall décor. Prior to that I spent 18 years in the corporate arena working as a regional sales manager and product designer.
I have focused the last 20+ years on young adult and youth development through innovative education, training, and mentoring, while linking classroom learning with real world experience via volunteer and internship opportunities with community partners. I recently decided to transition out of my career in higher education towards a new venture in developing transformational backpacking trips for women and teens.
Jen is the owner of Rusk Coaching & Consulting. For more than 30 years, she has helped nonprofit organizations achieve success in the areas of planning, organization development and fundraising. She currently serves on the board of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon.