OK 2: Owners of Outdoor Consumer Products Companies

Team 2 members are owners of outdoor consumer products companies

Meeting time: Fourth Thursday of the month from 12 to 3pm

Facilitators

Chris Kratch
Chris Kratch

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.

Dave Chun
Dave Chun

Dave is the paddle designer and a co-owner of Kialoa. A long time outrigger paddler, he learned his craft, in a makeshift shop located on the back porch of his parents’ home in Kailua, Hawaii. Dave and Meg Chun moved Kialoa to Bend, Oregon, in 1992, where they manufacture products for paddlers.

Team Members

Jen Newton
Jen Newton

In 2013, Jen turned her passion of making jewelry into a business, Jen Newton Jewelry. Her career began in one of the first tech start-ups in Bend: Orcom Solutions (utility billing software). She held numerous positions over the years, primarily focused on Account and Process Management, including Account Executive/ Manager, Client Operations Manager, Business Services Manager, Software Support Team Lead and Quality Assurance.

Greg White
Greg White

Greg is the owner of Magic Cycle Werks – Handcrafted Custom Bicycles

Josh Sims
Josh Sims

Josh is the owner of The Gear Fix.

Chez Brungraber
Chez Brungraber

Chez moved to Bend to do more of what she loves - spend time outdoors, play with wildflowers, and run Gobi Gear, her outdoor gear company. In addition to being an accomplished wildlife biologist and world traveler, Chez is an entrepreneur at heart and loves all aspects of starting and growing businesses. She loves challenges and asks, "well why not?" when it seems something may not be possible.

Eric Dubs
Eric Dubs

B.S. Mechanical Engineering with background in nuclear submarine plant propulsion fluid systems. Founder and CEO of DubsLabs, the makers of Bedphones Sleep Headphones and upcoming Versafit Wireless Sport Headphones.

Niki Singlaub
Niki Singlaub

Niki is the Founder at HYDAWAY™ - HydawayBottle.com.  More than an inventor, Niki Singlaub is a ‘product guy’ and lives for designing, developing, building, and launching new products into the world. Niki came up with the Hydaway concept while traveling as a freelance product developer.  Niki’s expertise stems from almost twenty years in design, development, and management of consumer products in multiple industries. His background in engineering and business has prepared him to problem solve at all stages of the product launch process. On most days you can find Niki in and around the high desert of Bend, Oregon testing gear, brainstorming ideas, and taking his family beyond their comfort level.