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.
Tom Rompel, President
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.
In the mid-1980’s he became a founding member of Transformational Technologies, Inc. TTI was a network of consulting firms that grew to be the largest of its kind in North America and Europe. TTI also was the pioneer in introducing “coaching” as a new model for management and leadership in companies.
In 1988 Transformational Technologies, Inc. awarded Tom the “Consultants Award for Outstanding Work” with small and medium sized companies. This was out of a field of over 70 international consulting firms; many of whom advised Fortune 500 companies.
In the late 1980’s and early 90’s Tom Rompel and University of Arizona Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson teamed up to deliver a series of ground breaking management seminars. The owners and managers from many different and diverse companies participated in this powerful program, Coaching; the Art of Managing People. Tom has also been a co-host on numerous talk radio shows and hosted his own radio talk show.
In the spring of 2016, Tom, under the pen name of J. Thomas Rompel, published his first novel, Citizen Warrior – The 4th Branch, which won a literary award and has been adapted for a screenplay. His second thriller in the series, One Down – Citizen Warrior Series- Book 2, was published in January of 2019 and has been awarded a Silver Medal by Readers Favorite. The release of Book 3 in the, Citizen Warrior Series, is expected in late spring of 2020.
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.
Grant Deakin, Board Member
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 .
Jack Talmage, Board Member
Jack Talmage grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduated from Southern Illinois University and moved west. After a few years in the ski business in Utah, he met his bride to be and moved to Arizona to start a family and a career in golf resort marketing. Having served as Marketing Director for The Boulders in Carefree, Grand Cypress Resort in Florida, Adare Manor in Ireland and a brief time working for Jack Nicklaus/Golden Bear Golf, there was a natural transition to the golf business. Most recently he managed Rio Rico Country Club down south and for the past seven years has served as the Membership Director for Oro Valley Country Club. Married to wife Christy for 37 years, two wonderful children; one in New York City and one in San Francisco. Jack Is currently on the Board of Directors for the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board for the Oro Valley Business Club. Loves living in Oro Valley and playing golf with friends and members of OVCC.