November 17, 2011
As part of Oklahoma Global Entrepreneurship Week, the TU International Business Breakfast program focuses on entrepreneurs who have or want to claim the world’s marketplace. We are pleased to have Beautiful Brands CEO David Rutkauskas as our keynote speaker to share the story of his company’s meteoric entry into the global market. Also presenting will be industry panel members Founder2be CEO Oliver Bremer and Greg Dorholt, of TMA System. The third member of panel will be John Blum, with the US Small Business Administration in of St Louis, to speak on financial issues involved with going global.
In 1996, David and his wife Camille started a trendy little café in Tulsa’s Woodland Hills mall that quickly exploded into a regional and worldwide success story with 800 cafes and double-digit sales growth that included expansion into the global marketplace. Camille’s Sidewalk Café today has more than 106 locations in over 35 states…as well as locations in South America, Puerto Rico, and Latin America and the Middle East.
Oliver Bremer, Founder2be
Oliver is also the co-founder of a second online start-up company: TangaReef, which is designed to change the way people find and book scuba diving trips online. Prior to taking the leap and entering start-up life, Oliver worked at Nokia and Strands. Oliver has M.Sc. in Computer Science from The University of Tulsa.
John F. Blum, US Small Business Administration
Prior to joining the SBA 27 years ago, John worked in commercial lending for St. Louis area banks, including large wholesale banks and community bank marketplaces.
Greg Dorholt, TMA Systems, LLC International Business Development
Prior to joining TMA he served as director of new business development for a medical device company and as a sales specialist in a real estate firm. Originally from Wisconsin, Greg received his bachelor in business from The University of Tulsa.
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