November 17, 2011

Breakfast : 7:30am

Program: 8:00-10:30am

The University of Tulsa
Allen Chapman Activity Center

Regular: $45
Early Bird 10 days before program: $40

Three or more: $35

Students: $10


Doing Business with the World:
Global Entrepreneurship

Celebrating Oklahoma
Global Entrepreneurship Week

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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.

David RutkauskasIn 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.

The growth of Camille’s Sidewalk Café would be a great story alone, but David has not been content to rest on his success.  As founder and president of Beautiful Brand, Inc (BBI,) David has transformed the company from just a small restaurant business to an Oklahoma based franchise and restaurant innovation company—now helping other entrepreneurs launch their best ideas.  BBI is internationally-known as a leader in fast-casual and casual restaurant development and is responsible for the successful launch of worldwide brands like Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, FreshBerry Froze Yogurt Cafe, Dixie Cream Donut Company, Blazing Onion Burger Company, Caz's Chowhouse, Rex's Chicken, In The Raw Sushi, Smallcakes Cupcakery, and Top That! Pizza.

Industry Panel

Oliver Bremer, Founder2be
Oliver BremerOliver Bremer is the founder and CEO of Founder2be, the online co-founder finding service helping people start or join a start-up, or as one media outlet put it “a sort of online meeting place for ambitious people who are either looking to partner up with somebody who already has an idea or for those who have an idea but need the additional support of a co-founder.”

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
John F. BlumJohn Blum is a Regional International Solutions Manager representing the U.S. Small Business Administration.  He works at the U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in St. Louis where he serves a four-state area including Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  He oversees the SBA's Export Loan Programs, which include the Export Working Capital Loan Program, the International Trade Loan Program, and the Export Express Program.

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
Greg DorholtGreg Dorholt has more than 18 years experience in sales and marketing with extensive background in channel management, sales, international business and new business development.  Greg is responsible for the overall development of sales and marketing channels for TMA's international expansion. He serves as the primary liaison for global partners in their efforts to develop and expand TMA within their markets.

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.

All “Doing Business With” International Breakfast Programs are sponsored by

Collins College of Business International Business Institute and
TU Center for Executive and Professional Development
in partnership with Tulsa Global Alliance.