The Oro Valley Business Club was initially the vision of Hank Jepsen and several members of SCORE Southern Arizona. Many of the original members of the group were also members of the Oro Valley Kiwanis chapter. They recognized a need for business members in the community who served in philanthropic work together, to also have a venue to discuss their businesses. The initial motto of Oro Valley Business Club as envisioned by Hank and others was for business leaders in the community “To Know and to be Known.” This provided a platform for members to share information about their businesses, their challenges, their successes, and a place to share ideas. SCORE initially offered their services to members as a courtesy. The Oro Valley Business Club began as a small luncheon at Carrabas, was soon filling the banquet rooms at Sun City Vistoso, and eventually Oro Valley Country Club. The notoriety of the club has always been the speaker schedule which has included speakers from all types of business, community partnership and public policy.
Grant Deakin, President
Grant Deakin grew up in Southern Illinois before moving to Tucson with his family in 1981. He has lived in Oro Valley since 1996 and has had his insurance agency for over 21 years representing American Family Insurance. He has two children. A daughter that recently graduated from GCU, got married and moved to New York, and a son that is currently attending Pima Community College in preparation to transfer to the UA .
John J. Bohl, Treasurer
Oro Valley resident since 2010, John has 34+ years as a Mortgage Banker. He is an active member of the Oro Valley Optimist Club, Tucson Association of Realtors, Oro Valley Chamber, Marana Chamber, and the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene (OVCN). He has been married to Deborah for more than 45 years and they have two children and two grandkids. His Bachelor of Science is from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He serves as the treasurer for the Oro Valley Business Club.
Autumn Hufault, Membership Chair
Autumn Hufault has been a Tucson or Oro Valley resident for over 30 years. Over the years, her professional experience in the local community has been as a Realtor, Mortgage Banker and also in the insurance industry. She has worked closely with local non-profits over the years to better our community. She is Vice-President of Team Up For Tucson, a local 501c3 that benefits Tucson and the surrounding areas . She was also a fitness instructor for 13 yrs. She is passionate about local small business and helping them grow. She is a mother of 3 children and has 1 grandson.
Tom Rompel, Board Member
Tom Rompel over the course of thirty plus years has owned and operated a number of successful companies. One of his companies was listed #82 in “Entrepreneur Magazines” list of “100 Hottest new Small Businesses in America.”
As a result of Tom’s accomplishments years ago, he began a consulting practice to work with the leaders of companies to achieve both their short- and long-term goals. He has worked with over 200 companies both in the United States and internationally including government and non-profit organizations.
Tom is now a writer and the author of the popular award winning Citizen Warrior book series