MEET OUR STAFF

We understand how to do business in Southern Oregon. We’re here to make sure you do, too.

CENTER DIRECTOR

MARSHALL DOAK

Marshall has worked to build small businesses as operations manager, controller, and as a business advisor throughout his career.  Through these positions, Marshall has managed operations ranging from 1 to 225 employees, has extensive experience regarding the production and distribution of products, and has a thorough understanding of the hurdles small business people face in order to grow their businesses.

Areas of expertise include financial management, operations management, business strategies and planning for transitioning businesses between entrepreneurs.

Marshall holds a Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: doakm@sou.edu

 

VOLUNTEER BUSINESS ADVISOR

Fred Arnett

Fred is a seasoned professional with 45 years experience in manufacturing.  He has a strong foundation in finance and accounting, having spent his first 20 years as, variously, accountant, controller, and chief financial officer.  After moving into operations, he discovered he preferred working with people and systems more than with numbers.  His last 25 years were spent in upper level corporate management, with responsibility for all aspects of corporate and manufacturing management: quality assurance and analytical labs, engineering, MIS/computers, facilities management, human resources, production control, purchasing, inventory control, and sales and marketing.  He has experience working with governmental agencies, negotiating governmental and union contracts, overseeing facilities acquisitions and expansion, and selecting and installing & maintaining manufacturing computer systems.

Fred prefers to specialize in helping manufacturing and construction companies, and is proficient in computer systems, including Quickbooks.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Colin Bunnell

Over the past thirty years, Colin’s work has focused on Human Resources with an emphasis in developing, training and successfully managing employees/organizations.  She has also owned two small businesses. While working in the Silicon Valley, in California, she built a successful consulting business providing services to Fortune 500 companies and coaching executives at numerous high tech start-up companies.  Since moving to the Rogue Valley she helped build and co-owned a successful computer repair company, worked in senior HR roles for several companies and also works as a consultant doing training and development. Having created and managed two small business, she understands the challenges and rewards of starting a business.

Colin holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: bunnellc@sou.edu

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Leo Hull

Presenter Leo Hull brings over 20 years of experience in the restaurant business to his work as a Restaurant Consultant/Business Advisor. As a former business owner himself, Leo started, operated, and sold three successful restaurants. He has held numerous positions in his restaurant career, from dishwasher to manager to owner. After selling his restaurants, Leo pursued a career in the financial services industry as Commercial Banker. He has held the titles of Commercial Loan Officer, Investment Licensed Banker, Commercial Credit Analyst, and Financial Adviser. He is a student of entrepreneurship and actively participates in entrepreneurial activities as Business Advisor with the SBDC and SOREDI.

Leo’s presentations focus on “Less Is More,” and that profit is the combinations of focus, efficiency, and measurement. He combines his real-world experience with the analysis and planning skills developed in the financial arena in order to provide his clients with creative solutions. .

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: lhull@umpquainvestments.com

 

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Keeley Kirkendall

Keeley Kirkendall has over 20 years experience in commercial real estate, delivering both debt and equity for over $4 billion of real estate business nationwide. He recently served as Executive Vice President, in charge of Affordable Housing origination for ARCS Commercial Mortgage, which was then purchased by PNC Bank. Keeley was hired to rebuild the Affordable Housing Division within ARCS, after a mass exodus of staff occurred.

Prior to this, Keeley was President of Edison Capital Housing Investments (ECHI), managing new acquisitions as well as their $1.2 billion national investment portfolio of multifamily properties. Keeley has served as Senior Vice President and National Manager of the Affordable Housing Group of Bank of America Corporation, where he created and managed that Affordable Housing Group through 13 offices nationwide. Prior to that, Keeley was CFO for various divisions within Bank of America over a ten-year period.

He is currently chair of the Affordable & Workforce Housing Council within Urban Land Institute (ULI), plus he has been a guest lecturer for the University of California, Berkeley and USC, MBA programs. Keeley is currently serving as Board President for the Science Works, Ashland, Oregon. He has an MBA in Finance and a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: keeley256@gmail.com

 

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Tiffany Mays

Over the last 20 years, Tiffany has owned two small businesses and worked in corporate finance, hospitality, education and healthcare. In that time, Tiffany has held executive leadership positions in the areas of; marketing, business development, event creation/management, strategic planning, program design, service excellence training, culture creation, employee engagement, staff and leadership development.

Tiffany is passionate about driving initiatives that create sustainable results benefiting everyone in an organization. She enjoys building relationships, sharing ideas, empowering potential and leading by example — while always remaining flexible and maintaining a sense of humor under pressure.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: mayst@sou.edu

 

BUSINESS INSTRUCTIONAL ADVISOR

Todd Tippin

As an accomplished manager of business finance, marketing, operations, human resources, systems, culture development and maintenance, third party service relationships, customer service excellence, strategic planning and succession solutions, Todd has developed small businesses for over 25 years.  He has launched, owned and managed real estate, product and service business through retail and wholesale avenues both nationally and internationally.

“I enjoy helping others by using my education and experience to impact their success in their own business dreams and plans.  It is my pleasure to help them develop basic and sophisticated essential business skills for conscious, purposeful application producing beneficial results.  Entrepreneurs need to be ready to compete with other businesses, and other organic and inorganic challenges.  It is our privilege to prepare them to compete victoriously.”

Todd was recently interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio for the Small Business Management class he will instruct. Listen to that interview here.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: tippint1@sou.edu

BUSINESS ADVISOR

Jack Vitacco

Jack has worked directly with small business owners his entire professional career. As an account representative for 3M Corp. for 20 years, and as an independent manufacturers’ representative for 12 years, Jack assisted wholesale distribution businesses to increase market share, develop sales personnel, implement effective product knowledge and presentation skills, and management of profit. Areas of expertise include business start-up, marketing, sales, distribution, and strategic planning. Jack has a Master in Management degree from Southern Oregon University.

Office: HEC 130

Phone: 541-552-8300

Email: vitaccoja@sou.edu

 

Oregon Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, and by the Oregon Business Development Department. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

All services provided on a non-discriminatory basis. 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.