OK 9: Service-Based Businesses
Team 9 members are owners and leaders in service-based businesses.
April holds an M.A. in Applied Anthropology with an emphasis in Visual Anthropology. Over the last 15 years, April's work has taken her across the world and close to home in marketing companies and social service agencies. April's passion is to help companies and organizations define and capture their uniqueness, to reach their audience and stand out from competitors. April owns O'Meara Photography.
I have been involved with Opportunity Knocks for 20 years and an account executive at Centro for 18 years. Being involved in supporting Central Oregon businesses and not for profit organizations has created so many amazing, collaborative relationships. I am honored to co-facilitate OK 9 and serve a very dynamic team of young, bright and achieving entrepreneurs!
I am a personal trainer, outdoor explorer and movement coach helping others find joy in movement. I started JessBFit 6 years ago as an alternative to the big-box gym. As a *not* naturally gifted athlete, I felt very uncomfortable in "fitness training" spaces. Instead, I found my pathway to fitness through hiking, climbing and being active outdoors: first in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and now in the Cascades Range. I most enjoy exploring the forests, mountains, deserts and coastline of the Pacific Northwest on foot.
After nearly two decades in Broadcast Television I started my own video production company. I've spent time as a television producer, sports and news anchor, as well a feature reporter. I still love to tell stories, but now my goal is to do it for you. I tell clients let J-Cam Productions be your “Chief Storytelling Officer”. I will use video and sound to share your story on the web or social media and it has been found that video is the most effective way to market your business.
Veteran public affairs and political consulting professional turned small business owner. I have over twenty years of marketing, public affairs and strategic communications experience in Denver, Colorado, and am thrilled to now call Bend, Oregon home and promote our new venture: The Collective NWX, a community coworking space.
Professional skills include Policy Development, Nonprofit Management, Event Planning, Crisis Communications, Brand Development, Fundraising, Public Speaking, Organizational/Strategic Planning. I am a community-minded problem solver, collaborator, negotiator, strategic thinker, and facilitator.
Proud member of BBSI, Kat is the Talent Acquisition Specialist of their multifaceted business advocate team. Previously a corporate trainer in the wholesale industry and most recently the HR Coordinator for Humm Kombucha, working with people is her passion. Known for driving positive company culture through staff engagement and development, Gardner is thrilled to be focusing her skills on supporting Central Oregon businesses.