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.
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.
Richard Lyon is the owner/CEO of Bend Commercial Glass, Central Oregon’s largest commercial glass contractor with 23 employees. He has been a member of Opportunity Knocks for two years. Richard purchased Bend Commercial Glass in 2013 after moving his family from Seattle, where he spent twenty years in commercial real estate development and was actively involved in the city’s architectural and design community. Richard holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Real Estate and Urban Design.
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 received 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.
Connie Newport is the 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.
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.
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.
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.
Geoff is the Account Executive at Centro Print Solutions.
I am a partner in Eclipse Engineering and the Branch Manager of the Bend, Oregon office. I am a licensed civil engineer and licensed structural engineer in the State of Oregon and have an engineering license in 41 US states, DC, and Guam.
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.
I am a Marketing Professor at OSU-Cascades. I teach Consumer Behavior, Advertising, Principles of Marketing, and Professional Development. In addition to teaching, I am involved in research that examines how consumers utilize the marketplace to manage social interactions. I also research consumers' responses to FDA-required product labeling. My latest published work explores the relationship between knowledge, the newly-required FDA Drug Facts Panel on sunscreen products and addictive tanning behavior among Millennials.
I've spent the past 20 years starting and running several small businesses. Some have been flops and some have been successful and through it all, I've learned that I'm addicted to entrepreneurialism! After creating and operating 3 businesses simultaneously for 6 years I finally decided to slow down and I recently sold 1 of them. I'm now focusing my attention on growing my current business, IYN Stands, which is a manufacturing/e-commerce business. I'll also be finishing my last year at Rock Springs Ranch, as I'm in negotiations of selling this business as well.
Having bootstrapped her previous company from the ground up, Stephanie appreciates the challenges that being the CEO, CFO, marketing director and the chief bottle washer can bring. After successfully selling her business in 2018, Stephanie has shifted her focus to mentoring other budding entrepreneurs who seek her experience in systems integration, customer service, sales pipelines and culture creation. With a penchant for small business development, Stephanie is now consulting with other owners looking to launch, grow or sell their companies.
With over two decades of observing, learning from and guiding a diverse set of medium to large companies in over 19 countries, Dean has always been fascinated by the positive effect purpose driven leadership and human transformation has had on employee engagement, business results and sustainable value for customers and communities. Dean is CEO of Mission Facilitators International, a boutique team-based development firm of highly skilled facilitators, executive coaches, instructional designers and trainers, who contribute their passion and creative perspectives to client opportunities.
A leader that empowers people by creating order out of chaos. A career spent successfully redefining, building and activating commercial operations, cross functional organizations and go to market strategies. Leadership experience is both unique and diverse with a combination of roles including GM P&L management, Sales, Marketing and Category Analytics/Data Science at both the individual contributor and senior management level at: Revlon, Clorox, Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, Cord Blood Registry and AMAG Pharmaceuticals. Currently Chief Revenue Officer at Prelude.
Lindsey Pate, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Glass House Grown, studied biology at Sonoma State University and was recognized for many contributions as a student leader. Lindsey was awarded a National Science Foundation grant during her undergrad program to study invertebrate endocrinology at the University of Southeast Alaska. After graduating, Lindsey followed her passions as an Outdoor Leader with a focus on at-risk youth in the back country. Since making the transition to cannabis, she has become an active voice in the Oregon cannabis community: meeting with county planners, speaking at legislative public hearings to address the needs of cannabis producers and processors, and participating on the Marijuana Advisory Committee for Deschutes County.
I have 20 years of experience in law (litigation and estate planning), sales, and running a business. Now, I am starting a business teaching personal finance, with an emphasis on understanding the true differences between assets and liabilities. My program Small Steps, Big Money teaches The Three Rules of Money.
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.”
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.
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.
Kecia has been the Executive Director of Camp Fire Central Oregon since 2013. Previously she was in the business sector for 20+ years managing small businesses in the investment and photography industries. She is enjoying applying her business expertise to breathe new life into the organization and revitalize and grow its programs and outreach in the community.
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.
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.
I am a graduate of COCC's small business management program which helped us to build a business in La Pine that was purchased by a Fortune 500 company in 1999. While enjoying retirement, I started a women's fitness center in Bellingham, Washington before selling it and moving back home to La Pine where I worked for the SBDC and started La Pine Business Center 12 years ago. I have facilitated for OK in that past and am delighted to be co-facilitating the first OK Group in La Pine.
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.
Kristina is a Director and Co-Founder of North Shore Partners (NSP), a boutique investment advisory firm serving ultra high net worth individuals and family offices. Often leading a “special forces” team to help owners and C-suite executives solve their most pressing, complex, or difficult to define problems, Kristina serves high-growth, turn-around, non-profit and multi-billion dollar enterprises.
Kristina holds an MBA from MIT and MPP from Harvard University.