OK 3: Owners and Leaders in Medium to Large Businesses
The members of OK 3 are owners and leaders in medium to large businesses.
Meeting time: 4th Friday of the month from 7 to 10am
With over two decades of observing, learning from and guiding a diverse set of medium to large companies in over 19 countries, Dean has always been fascinated by the positive effect purpose driven leadership and human transformation has had on employee engagement, business results and sustainable value for customers and communities. Dean is CEO of Mission Facilitators International, a boutique team-based development firm of highly skilled facilitators, executive coaches, instructional designers and trainers, who contribute their passion and creative perspectives to client opportunities.
Ben Watson is a Business Client Advisor & Assistant Vice President for Summit Bank. Before moving to Bend, Ben was controller for a large metal manufacturer serving the commercial building and aerospace industries and CFO of a commercial irrigation company. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University where he earned degrees in both Accounting and Business Management; he also holds MBA and MACC degrees from Friends University.
Richard Lyon is the owner/CEO of Bend Commercial Glass, Central Oregon’s largest commercial glass contractor with 23 employees. He has been a member of Opportunity Knocks for two years. Richard purchased Bend Commercial Glass in 2013 after moving his family from Seattle, where he spent twenty years in commercial real estate development and was actively involved in the city’s architectural and design community. Richard holds an undergraduate degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Real Estate and Urban Design.
I started my career as a major account sale rep for IKON Office Solution in 1992. After our first child was born a decided to take the roll of a stay at home mother. In 2000 I received my spinning certification and taught spin classes till 2014. I also was the volunteer coordinator for the Cascade Cycling Classic, Leadman Triathlon, and the National Road Racing events for 5 years. I re-entered the work force in 2013 as a customer service rep for Hydro Flask. February of 2015 we purchased Minuteman Press. Although my husband and I own the business, I operate the day to day workings of Minuteman Press.
Elie Gaines has served in education for 30+ years as a mom, community volunteer, teacher, principal, mentor, and national consultant.
An Arizona recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award, she has served in local, state and national education organizations, and wrote a charter to bring a public school back to a low-income neighborhood in South Scottsdale in 2013.
Elie saw a community need for which there were no such services available to families in Arizona, and created All Schools Considered in 2012, a personalized school search service for students entering Preschool to Grade 12. Now living in Bend, she is expanding her business into Oregon, as well, renamed, All Schools Consulting.
Sarah Lindsey is a Recruiting Specialist at BBSI. Sarah got her start in recruiting during the “dot com” boom in the late 90’s after earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. While she has a background in general HR, she is especially skilled at matching companies with the right talent. Her recruiting experience covers both agency and corporate environments and a very diverse range of industries from staff to executive-level roles. Sarah has served on various Employment/HR related boards in the community and is currently employed with BBSI, a human capital consulting firm that delivers expertise, guidance, and tactical support, enabling owners to run their business more effectively.
Prior to The Broomsmen, Philip had a successful career in commercial construction project management. His expertise in project management, engineering, and quality control have prepared him well for the fast paced environment of waste management. Philip Holds a Construction Engineering from Penn State University.