February PubTalk Speakers Announced

2018 PubTalk Speakers Announced


BEND, OR (February 13, 2018)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next PubTalk, focusing on the tech industry, marketing, and the question Where Does SaaS Marketing End and Sales Begin? PubTalk will take place on Thursday, February 22, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas, and further local businesses.

Keynote Panel
Chris Bright, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder, 
Zapproved LLC
Chris has dedicated his career to working with emerging growth companies and high-tech startups for more than 25 years. He has been with Zapproved since it’s founding in 2008 and has helped build it into a leader in the legal software market with more than 300 corporate customers, including some of the most recognized brands in the world. Prior to Zapproved, he managed worldwide corporate communications for Pixelworks, a publicly traded semiconductor company, where he was also on the team that prepared their IPO in May 2000.

Larry Grella, VP Sales Amplion
Larry is a serial business builder addicted to growing tech startups. He has a passion for building corporate culture and values that map to processes and desired strategic results. He has over two decades experience running Sales, CS and Marketing divisions with the battle scars and gray hair to prove it. Larry’s held executive positions and helped transform multiple companies, including Epic, RichRelevance, Conversant, Bazaarvoice, and more.

Robert Pease, Partner at 44North Ventures, Fund Manager for Cascade Angels Fund, Panel Moderator
A startup veteran, Robert has held a variety of executive, product, and marketing roles across six venture-backed software startups. Previously he was Vice President of Marketing for Seattle-based CRM software company Gist (acquired by BlackBerry) & CEO of marketing automation software company LoopFuse, where he led the turnaround and sale of the company to Salesfusion. Over the last three years, he has consulted with over 20 companies helping design and scale their customer acquisition efforts through his work with Seattle’s sales and marketing consultancy Heinz Marketing.

Company Pitches
Curt Naumann, CEO, OLITUS
OLITUS’ product innovations deliver solutions that enrich lives through better health and safety, plus they’re just plain fun. iiShakers, their flagship product, are salt and pepper shakers with a patented, smart illumination technology that provide automated, on-demand spotlights that supplement a restaurant customers’ available light for reading the menu, the check, and easily seeing the amount of salt and pepper being dispensed and where it is landing.

Andrew Smith, Founder, Azevtec
Azevtec, Inc. is a next generation trucking services and technology company that designs and operates autonomous electric vehicle systems. Azevtec’s mission is to accelerate the global adoption of zero-emission supply chains and demonstrate the responsible phase-in of autonomous truck technology.

Company Update
Rita Hansen, CEO, Onboard Dynamics
Onboard Dynamics seeks to lower fuel costs and carbon emissions by removing infrastructure barriers to driving natural gas-powered vehicles. Their affordable, portable, and scalable refueling solution can tap into the existing low-pressure natural gas grid or capture and recover natural gas from renewable sources.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Panel Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.
Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

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