OK 13: Marketing Professionals
The members of OK 13 are marketing professionals and owners of marketing companies.
Meeting time: Third Thursdays from 2 to 5pm
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.”
Driven marketing and public relations specialist with an analytical mind and 10+ years of experience in live events, Broadway and concerts. Success in selling events with audiences ranging from 40 to 40,000, using traditional and non-traditional mediums. Experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Currently focusing on bringing jobs to Central Oregon through EDCO. Loves Bend, hiking, biking, and the outdoors!
With over 8 years in the PR industry Kristen experienced first-hand what it takes to move a personality or brand from unknown to known - and did it time and time again.
What she realized is that PR and exposure is a powerful tool for exposure and recognition, but the journey doesn't end with being known...it's the starting point.
The bottom line is this: If you want to find lasting success, you must channel your momentum into an intuitive, strategic plan that positions you in today's digital world.
Kristen is also the host of the CUT THE CRAP PODCAST: Business Breakthroughs (available on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen)
Connect with Kristen directly on INSTAGRAM: @Kristen_Hinman
I am the founder of Volitant Consulting; I have a passion for helping people achieve their goals no matter the size or complexity of them, personal or business related, if it's a goal of yours I will do what I can to help you achieve it. I have a wide range of experience from being a helicopter mechanic in the Marine Corps, a certified commercial helicopter pilot, a professional drone pilot, and now a business owner. I am a father of 2 and have an amazing wife, and one of our family hobbies is to search for pretty and amazing rocks then dig them out of the ground, rock hounding is one of our go to outings.
Carrie Eacker is the Director of Operations and Marketing for Cascade Financial Strategies (CFS), a Fee-Only Financial Planning and Investment Management Firm in Bend, OR. Carrie's background includes data integration and e-commerce software sales, residential real estate and small business consulting. She loves spreadsheets and numbers as much as she loves developing relationships with clients. With roots all over the country, when she landed in Bend, she knew she had come home. Carrie loves spending time with her husband and three kids and adventuring through Central Oregon, discovering all the beauty it has to offer.
Henry is the Account Manager at Wahoo Films, a full service, script-to-screen video production company that maintains clients not only in the Pacific Northwest, but throughout the country and world as well. His passions include storytelling and developing concepts and storylines for the projects he works on with his team. Wahoo Films produces short films with big impact- from conservation and environmental films to sustainable technologies and corporate videos.
I have been working in sales and marketing for the past 10 years, mainly in the telecommunications industry. My roles have typically been customer facing, relationship building and community driven. I transferred from Colorado with my company at the end of February 2020 to assume my current position with Bend Broadband. I am excited to get involved with this community and all it has to offer.
I have been working with Oregon Media as an Account Executive for over 6 years. After living in Bend for 30 years I have a strong connection to this community and the livelihood of the businesses within it. I love the work I do matching clients with our various print and digital offerings. A definite departure from my previous career in the medical world, working in a sales-based industry has proven it's self to be a wonderful fit for me. Most days you will find me chatting with clients or busy working in our fun and amazing office in Downtown Bend.
Ariana Powell is the founder of The Write Foot, a digital marketing and creative studio. As a former TV news anchor and journalist, Ariana enjoys every aspect of the storytelling process--finding the story, writing, editing and crafting the finished product using high-level multimedia storytelling techniques. With a passion for people and writing, she realized she wanted to help businesses gain visibility and exposure by working and improving their digital storefronts. When she's not working, you can find her exploring the beautiful state of Oregon with her husband, A.J. and dog, Mollie.
Drew Jensen is the owner of Jensen eCommerce, a consulting agency based here in Bend. He helps clients navigate the world of online retail, with a specific focus on Amazon channel management. A 5-year stint at Amazon in Seattle helped to build a customer-centric, data-driven approach that has given his clients the tools necessary to succeed online.
Drew moved to Bend with his wife and two sons in 2018, and they've been enjoying everything central Oregon has to offer!
A marketing professional with a proven background in agency and client-side marketing disciplines. My experience ranges from marketing and communications management, product positioning, brand and identity development, copywriting, account strategy, business development and agency operations. Chris moved to Bend in Aug ' 15 as a partner with TMBR creative agency to start a satellite office and recently joined HYDAWAY as the marketing manager for a fun and growing water bottle startup.