OK 7: Outdoor Team
Team 7 members
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.
Ms. Uriel Fox is recently retired from a life long career as a registered dental hygienist. She practiced in California, Idaho, Canada, Washington, and Oregon where she also enjoyed the natural wonders that these areas offered in abundance. Ms. Fox is a Bend resident and is currently working on a project for mastectomy breast cancer survivors. She was inspired at the 2017 Bend Outdoor Worx pitch night to contact them about their business cohort for her start up company NEO'PROS, LLC.
Advenchairman of The Onward Project, LLC and the visionary of the AdvenChair, was an avid backpacker, climber, and mountain biker when his access to the outdoors was interrupted by a near-fatal brain-stem stroke in 2005. Not one to be denied, Geoff and his family and friends have worked since his release from the hospital to create a wheelchair that can travel over the scenic but rugged terrain near his home in the mountain town of Bend, Oregon.
My name is John Mack and I am a pretty unique person/inventor and the founder of The Idea Experts LLC. I am self taught at everything I take interest in no matter what the subject yet I am open and ready to learn and expand my knowledge by surrounding myself with like minded people. I am an outdoor athlete that thrives at pushing myself to the farthest reaches I can physically which seems to keep my mind sharp and balanced even in the most stressful times. I have a deep lust for the outdoors and the challenges it offers which has transferred into my day to day existence for my upcoming plan to exit this business in 5 more years and begin my round the world journey by adventure vehicle to climb the highest peaks in the world.
I am COO of Spurcycle, a company co-founded in San Francisco with my brother in 2012 but built over decades in the bicycle industry—going all the way back to elementary days working after school in our family bike shop in Massachusetts. Moved to Bend toward the end of 2018 after over 12 years in the Bay Area, trading a bit of tech energy for more open fields of play. Now embracing the boundless recreation of central Oregon while we work to grow our business, from mountain trail and gravel road across every commute in between.
I am the co-owner of Food For the Sole, in partnership with my son. I moved to Bend 23 years ago, and a love of the forest and hiking plus a belief that people should be able to eat well, anytime and anyplace led me to build a company offering great tasting wholesome meals for all outdoor adventurers. Prior to launching the business in 2018, I spent nearly 20 years at the local community college in administration in a variety of capacities and, as an avid life-long learner, appreciated the numerous educational opportunities afforded by that organization.
Owner of Motive Collective-
We moved back to the PNW about 2 years ago and are loving Bend! Love family / friends, animals, old international scouts, building stuff, travel, and being outside as much as possible.