Inspirational Business People

Taking solar to new heights

June 5, 2022

Interview with Jeff Sharpe, Life-long Entrepreneur and Community Advocate, Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar Jeff Sharpe is the Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar, an Ashland-based solar manufacturer and installer firm. He has been a professional engineer and the founder/owner of various successful businesses for the past 35 years. JT: Welcome, Jeff! Please tell…

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Jim Wright was born in Ashland, ran LTM (now Knife River), served on several local non-profit boards and is retiring off The People’s Bank Board after 19 years.

May 10, 2022

When the zoom interview with Jim Wright started he asked me the first question, which is unusual since I’m the one interviewing him.  “I have a question for you. What do you see?” That question took me aback a little. I wasn’t prepared for it. I stared at my screen and thought about what I…

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Sid Deboer honored as a 2022 Oregon History Maker by the Oregon Historical Society

April 6, 2022

History Makers The Oregon Historical Society’s annual Oregon History Makers Awards & Dinner recognizes contemporary individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. Event sponsorships, ticket sales, and donations in honor of the History Makers support the Oregon Historical Society’s important work to collect, preserve, and interpret Oregon’s past. ohs.org…

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ALL IN – A Masterclass on Leadership from Gene Pelham as he retires as CEO of Rogue Credit Union

April 6, 2022

I have known Gene Pelham for many years and when he announced last year that he was retiring on March 31, 2022 as CEO of Rogue Credit Union, I reached out to him for a quick interview over zoom. I thought this was going to be a simple story about a business leader retiring and…

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Meet John Scott and his Famous Food Truck “Fatso’s Cheketos”

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece John Scott is the owner of “Fatso’s Cheketos” a Keto Food Truck at 807 South Central in Medford.  He’s typically there from 11 to 3:30 Monday through Friday and when he’s not there it’s because he is out doing a catering job somewhere.  That location has been his permanent location for…

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Meet Dr. Kimani Borland, A Naturopathic Physician, from Jamaica, in the Rogue Valley

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Dr. Kimani Borland was born in Jamaica, earned her naturopathic medical degree in the US in 2018  and went back to Jamaica to work part time for a year and a half.  Then the pandemic hit and in February 2021 she decided to move her family to Medford to work with…

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Meet Simon Turner, Owner and Operator of Blahq Sage Media LLC

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Simon Turner is a US Army Veteran and the owner and operator of Blahq Sage Media LLC in Roseburg, Oregon.  He started the business in 2020, during the pandemic lockdown, but has been doing DJing and wedding photography for about 5 years, since moving to Southern Oregon from Bakersfield, California. Growing…

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Meet Lakiesha Sheaffer, nurse practitioner and co-owner of Rogue Valley Health & Wellness

February 7, 2022

by Lakiesha Sheaffer Rogue Valley Health & Wellness is owned by local family nurse practitioners Lakiesha Sheaffer and Taira Warren.  Mission We are trusted local providers whose goal is to promote the health and wellbeing of our community by providing accessible, high quality medical pare for people of every age, race, and gender.  Taira and…

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Meet Deitra Pippins, owner of L & D Enterprises

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Deitra Pippins owns L & D enterprises, a virtual assistant company that can help you run your business and help you prepare your taxes. She can also help you find loans to get your business off the ground.  She moved to Medford from Dallas, Texas in the fall of 2020.  Her…

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Meet Julius Branner, owner of Now Woke Inventions

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Julius Branner moved to Medford when he was 16. That was 16 years ago and today he is working hard to bring an idea of his to market.  I interviewed him via Zoom and asked him a few questions about his business, and how he ended up moving to Southern Oregon.…

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Meet Kendra Mollette of Divine Steaming & Doula Services

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Kendra Mollette moved to Southern Oregon in 2016 from Florida.  Her husband graduated from Ashland High School so they decided to move back to Southern Oregon after they got married, for the peaceful and quiet outdoors and haven’t looked back. She is the owner of Divine Steaming and Doula Services. She…

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Meet Shaylee Graham, a Psychotherapist and Motivational Interviewing Trainer in Southern Oregon

February 7, 2022

Interview by Jim Teece Shaylee Graham is a psychotherapist in Southern Oregon.  She has a small private practice where she sees clients.  Because of COVID and Zoom she is able to see clients all over Oregon from Ashland to Eugene to Portland.  She moved to Southern Oregon 8 years ago from Portland. Her daughter’s father…

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