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.
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. She took over as President of Oro Valley Business Club as of June 2019.
John J. Bohl
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.
Tom Rompel over the course of the past 34+ 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. Tom has worked with over 200 companies both in the United States and internationally including government and non-profit organizations.
In the mid-1980’s Tom 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 of the idea to use “coaching” as a new distinction for management.
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.
In the spring of 2016 Tom 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 – Book 2 – Citizen Warrior Series, was published in the beginning of 2019. The release of Book 3 in the series is expected in the early part of 2020.
Tom has also been a co-host on numerous talk radio shows and hosted his own radio talk show.