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Topics to Discuss: Scaling, Business Processes, Customer Experience, and Team Management
Social entrepreneur with a passion for building data-informed communities. Managing partner and founder of Asemio, a technology consulting company passionate about affecting community outcomes through improved data literacy, technology infrastructure, and community governance.
Thirty-plus years as an executive and entrepreneur. Experience in designing, funding, building, and growing companies. The Founder, Co-Founder, CEO, COO, or Executive of nine different companies in various industries. Two-time INC 500 recipient, Entrepreneurial Excellence award recipient, three-time UTAH 100 recipient, and member leader of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
I'm the CEO of ConsumerAffairs.com where our mission is to create a trustworthy information marketplace to connect consumers and brands through our enterprise saas platform. Previously, I worked in private equity, technology sales and engineering.
My education and professional journey has been far from a straight line, and like any good entrepreneurial story it came to a head with a series of seemingly random events. Cliff notes of my career: Masters in entrepreneurship, Tulsa Teach for America Corps Member where I got the unique opportunity to build an Entrepreneurship Magnet Program at East Central High School, Helped build a healthcare technology non-profit (yes they exist) business model and strategy, and Co-founded my current business in 2013 with an aim to solve issues I experienced first hand in my previous role.
OK Medical Waste Disposal
Prior PE Operator turned Entrepreneur and VC investor. I am the CEO of OK Medical Waste Disposal, a startup facility in Oklahoma, a Venture Partner at Lightship Capital, and an advisor to other funds and startups in Tulsa, OK. Prior to these roles, I spent six years as a Vice President at Argonaut Private Equity, a middle-market private equity firm, worked as a Management Consultant at Booz & Company, a foreign affairs specialist for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.
Foolish Things Restaurant Group
Over the past ten plus years, I have owned and operated the award-winning Foolish Things restaurants in Tulsa, OK, generating millions of dollars in annual revenue. Honing my skills in operations and management, I have built teams that have created three very different and reputable restaurants. Foolish Things has been written about in Food Network, Men's Health, Oklahoma Magazine, Tulsa World, and many other publications. With this depth of knowledge and experience, specifically in operations, business management, and organizational efficiency, I have begun again the entrepreneurial adventure of launching a new startup this time in the financial technology industry.
Vice President, Nonprofit Strategist
Meredith Peebles is the COO for the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation (LTFF) where she focuses on entrepreneurship, economic equity and community development in Tulsa. In her role, Meredith provides leadership, direction and management of the Foundation's administrative, financial and operational functions, as well as strategic development and implementation of the Foundation's mission.
Professional EOS Implementor
I have started and operated several successful businesses in accounting, financial services, payroll, and real estate. I am currently an EOS Implementer and help business owners and leadership team members get more of what they want out of their business.
Topics to Discuss: Public Relations, Branding, Social Media, Digital Strategy, and Digital Customer Experience
CEO and Co-Founder
I am a Co-Founder at ZERO. We help employers save massive amounts of money and give employees access to the care they need for $0 (And Forbes recently named me "One of America's Most Innovative Benefits Leaders" for my work at HUB International). I've worked for hospitals and an HMO but I love working directly with employers. You are spending a fortune on your employee benefits plan so I think you deserve great value in return. I'm 1 of only 5 individuals in the US certified by the Intel-GE Validation Institute in Advanced Critical Outcomes Reporting Analysis in both wellness and disease management. I'm also married to a wonderful woman and we have 2 perfect boys (ages 3 and 6) that don't listen to anything I say.
Product Marketing Director
Doctor On Demand
Data- and design-driven strategist Ph.D. with 15 years experience leading marketing strategy, product marketing, branding, content development, and team building. Specializing in complex and nuanced healthcare and health tech products, I've executed multi-channel marketing plans, messaging refinement, and content creation resulting in high growth for brand-new startups and international corporations.
Nicole is the Founder & CEO of Resolute PR. Nicole has led a variety of large scale projects, including events drawing more than 60,000 people, product launches and rebranding initiatives. Her efforts have landed articles in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Business Journal in addition to numerous awards, including the 2007 SilverLink Best of Show and 2009 Young Professional of the Year from the Public Relations Society of America.
Topics to Discuss: Pitching, Deals, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, and Loans
Rose Tax Solutions
LaToya Rose, Tulsa native and owner of Rose Tax Solutions, is a fourth generation Black Wall Street entrepreneur committed to excellence. As a senior tax accountant, public speaker, author, event producer, and mother, Ms. Rose has a mission to promote global economic justice by helping individuals and businesses implement proven strategies to monetize their genius while sustaining consistent momentum in the marketplace. LaToya Rose has helped businesses scale to profit, increase ideal client retention, and organize tax-related issues, such as bookkeeping, wealth strategy, and tax planning.
I have built multiple startups from inception through exit as well as invested in 40+ startups to date.
Malachi Blankenship is a Venture Advisor for i2E, investing in startups. Prior to i2E, he was a co-founder for a technology startup that launched a geo-tourism platform. Malachi received his undergraduate and MBA from The University of Tulsa. He is an active volunteer in the community serving with One Hope Tulsa and sits on the board for 36 Degrees North, The Forge, OVAC and TYPROS.
True North Ventures
Alex Lobodiak directs the business development & sales operations for GeoSafe and has a boutique startup consulting company, True North Ventures. He has provided analytical talents over the years to hedge funds, e-commerce companies, precious metal exchanges, and the healthcare industry. Alex serves the local community as the Director of Startup Grind Tulsa, where monthly fireside chats are held with founders and executives. He is also a mentor for a startup accelerator run by the StitchCrew + OKC Thunder partnership and a mentor for OKEMP, a sister program of the MIT's Venture Mentoring Service.
Topics to Discuss: Product Management, Pricing Strategy, Using Data to Inform Product Creation, and Idea Validation
Clay Slaton bootstrapped his first two businesses in product design, each from zero to multi-millions before their respective successful exits. During which he also started, purchased or partnered in 10 other businesses, was instrumental in growing the Oklahoma Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization as a founding member and past president, and in addition recognized along the way with accolades such as: Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Fastest Growing Firms In Tulsa (4 years in a row), Top Firms To Work For In Tulsa (2 years in a row), Men Of Distinction Honoree, and Achievers Under 40 honoree.
TRUE Digital Security and TokenEx
Cybersecurity researcher, professor and multi-time entrepreneur of True Digital Security and TokenEx
Director of Flight Sciences
I am currently serving as Director of Flight Sciences at Blue Origin leading a dynamic team building a road to Space! Prior to my current role, I served as Director of Innovation & Product Development at FlightSafety International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and a leading provider of professional-level virtual flight simulators. I am also a patent holder and co-founder of Achieve AI, Inc., an early-stage startup disrupting the future of athletic performance by enabling the rise of the Quantified Athlete.
Topics to Discuss: Leadership Growth, Strengths Identification, and Professional Development
Client Services & Project Coordinator
Tulsa Technology Center
Amy Hamilton is a Tulsa Tech Project/Client Services Coordinator here at 36°N. Her expertise is in developing, coordinating, facilitating and managing training programs for local area businesses & nonprofits. She is a certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach and uses this powerful self-awareness tool to provide leadership guidance and coaching.
Dominick J. Ard’is, actively leverages innovation models to bridge gaps within humanity, grounded on his model of diversity combining experience, expertise, and ethnicity. His model focuses on addressing ecosystem gaps around underestimated founders and mitigating startup failure. As CEO of ACT House, INC and Managing Partner of ACT Ventures, Dominick collaborates with a team highly focused on assisting innovators in finding their entrepreneurial identity, accelerating team formation, and growing scalable ventures.
Executive Director of I-CCEW
University of Oklahoma
Global leader in innovation, technology commercialization, social entrepreneurship, leadership development, design thinking, sustainability, and management consulting with experience in founding and supporting multiple accelerators, startup support programs, and early-stage companies and non-profits in a range of industries. Operating and founding experience in multiple startups.