OK 7: Outdoor Team
Team 7 members
With over 30 years building outdoor brands, Gary’s entrepreneurial career began in the emerging snowboard industry, and was augmented by work and collaboration with companies including Helly Hansen, Sessions, Nike, KIALOA, Homeschool Snowboarding and more. In 2014, he founded Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), the first independent outdoor accelerator in the US, to help mentor and grow early and growth stage outdoor companies, and has become known as a community leader and advocate for the outdoor industry. A serial entrepreneur, Gary is also a founding partner in Tokyo Starfish, a vertically integrated cannabis business with production, wholesale and four Oregon retail locations. He was a founding member of the Oregon Outdoor Alliance (OOA), as well as Cascade Cannabis Association (CCA), a cannabis industry organization for Deschutes County. He is also a board member of the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network. representing Central Oregon in both outdoor and cannabis industries through business collaboration and political representation.
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.
I was born and raised in rural Eastern Oregon on a cattle ranch. I later attended Oregon State University and obtained a degree in Agricultural Business Management. I enjoy skiing, hunting, being outdoors, boating, and traveling. I have a passion for reading and learning and am always trying new things in business.
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 own The Idea Experts LLC. I am an inventor of useable and unique products. I love the outdoors, extreme physical activities, and building anything and everything. I love problem solving and anything I look at I naturally want to figure out how to improve it. I am addicted to mountain bikes. I ride, ride, and ride more. I snowboard, kayak, surf, run mountains, and act the age of about 22 still. I'm pretty confident about myself, my products, and my plans. My life is like a puzzle that I'm putting pieces together to complete my masterpiece.
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.
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.