OK 14: Owners and Leaders in Small to Medium Businesses

Team 14 members are owners and key employees in small to medium sized businesses.

Meeting time: Fourth Thursday of the month from 9am – 12pm

Facilitators

Emi Baxter
Emi Baxter

A self taught technologist, focusing on the integration of technology and software in the workplace and daily life. I started acKnowledge Security & IT to begin building the much needed bridges between technology and reality. My goals are to facilitate the acceptance of technology and empower users in applying it to the modern day business or life. Above and beyond - my aim is to provide exceptional support & guidance; bringing technology in - to work for YOU!

Alma Lugtu
Alma Lugtu

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.

Team members

Sami Bedell-Mulhern
Sami Bedell-Mulhern

I founded H & E Marketing Solutions in 2017 to provide digital marketing solutions I had learned working in international business, to small business looking to grow and expand. I geek out on social media and user experience and driving leads. Helping business owners lose the overwhelm of marketing and grow their business is my passion. I have loved living in Bend with my 2 kiddos and husband for the last 6 years.

Lindsey Pate
Lindsey Pate

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.

Erica Rolniak
Erica Rolniak

Erica is the owner of Action Dynamix Massage, a medical and sports massage therapy clinic specializing in results-driven bodywork to keep Bend happily active! As a certified Medical Massage Therapist of 15 years, Erica found a passion for pain-relief-through-bodywork while studying human movement and exercise physiology at the University of Central Arkansas. She had the opportunity to practice in unique settings across the country, working with athletes at the University of Virginia, teaching clinical massage in Seattle, as well as teaching kinesiology in the Massage program at COCC. Erica moonlights as a fitness instructor and can be found kayaking and snowboarding in her off-time.

Melissa Tugmon
Melissa Tugmon

Simply an artist at heart, Melissa loves the outdoors and finds inspiration in the raw beauty of nature. She grew up in the wild Alaskan wilderness and holds a special place in her heart for all things untamed. She is most passionate about the creative arts, cultivating community and helping others -- so she built a business around it. At Inspired Melissa, she gets to work with inspired professionals whose businesses are fueled by a passion to serve. Her services include launching new businesses, branding, graphic design, website development, and project management. Melissa also manages the Northwest Crossing Saturday Farmers Market, she sits on the Board of Directors for Bend ConnectW, and she leads local women's groups.

Briana Denman
Briana Denman

Bree is the owner of The Indigo Bride, a creative wedding planning and design company based in Central Oregon. Her goal is to create unique and relaxing weddings for her couples through exceptional organizational skills and an eye for the beautiful. Hearing comments like, "That was better than I could have imagined!" from her couples is what fuels Bree to continue growing her business and providing relatable service and dedication to her couples. Bree has lived in Bend for a little over four years with her husband and goldendoodle. When she's not in the office, she can be found with friends, traveling, or enjoying the outdoors.