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Chairman's Perspective  Kyle Golding

September 25, 2019 3:22 PM | Cheylin Loessberg (Administrator)

  • Optimism
  • Ingenuity
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Not taking NO for an answer
  • That can-do spirit

These are just a few of the Oklahoma business traits we witnessed from the sharp middle school students who are part of WristWorld, our Pitch Presentation for September along with their adult mentor Michael Hirsch from Loveworks Leadership. 

Our youngest OVF pitch presenters were possibly some of the most prepared, polished and poised yet. These young entrepreneurs do not believe in the “how it's always been done it” approach to business. The future of the WristWorld start-up and the careers of the youth involved looks very bright. Hopefully, you were as inspired and motivated by their Pitch Presentation as I was. If you missed it, catch the podcast on iTunes and YouTube.

What happens after a start-up becomes a successful business? Potentially, a successful exit for the founder(s) at some point. That is exactly the story we will hear at our October Power Lunch. After a 30 year journey, Philip Kurtz, CEO of CareATC found his exit and will tell us all about it. CareATC provides customizable healthcare solutions to employers, an area of major focus and opportunity over the last decade. CareATC serves more than 250,000 patients through its partnership with 150 clients in 35 states.

In my opinion, Kurtz 30-year journey from start to exit will be the perfect follow-up to the LoveWorks / WristWorld story of optimistic youth.

The October Pitch Presenter is L. B. Dahle, CEO and Founder of ePathScreen, a medical device development company established to acquire and develop technologically promising devices, equipment and instruments in the medical and bio-medical market sector. The medical space is full of attention and opportunity right now. No doubt this will be another interesting and informative Pitch Presentation. 

I love this time of the year. The weather is cooling off, football season has begun and the Oklahoma Venture Forum 2019-2020 session is off and running successfully. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at our October meeting. Bring a co-worker, a peer or an interested friend as your guest. We all work better when we work together. 

Kyle Golding 

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