Past Chairman of the Board of Directors Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society (OVES)
As a Director of the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society (OVES) responsible for education & training of its members, Rae organized 30 monthly Townhall Series meetings and moderated the panel discussions.
The Townhall Series brought together a panel of experienced entrepreneurs who shared their sage advice with their fellow entrepreneurs.
The organization process included: topic development, locating & securing speakers, creating promotional copy, promoting & marketing the event, website development, working with speakers to develop Bios and introductions and then moderating the event.
As the Moderator, Rae facilitated a series of questions that explored the subject at hand from different directions and worked with the panellists and audience to make it an interactive experience.
The following is a list of topics that Rae has organized and moderated.
8. Entreprenurial Ideation
11 Search Engine Optimization
12 Marketing to the Baby Boomer & Mature Markets
14. E-Commerce for the Entrepreneur
19. Money, Money, Money What every entrepreneur needs to know to access it, earn it, spend it and to save even more of it.
In November of 2012 Mr. Emcee aka Rae Stonehouse organized and Chaired the Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society (OVES) first annual Finding Strength Within the Forest Conference for local entrepreneurs. Rae serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for OVES.
"Rae Stonehouse is the linchpin that tied together our conference efforts and created organization out of chaos! As the Vice Chair of Marketing I have worked with Rae through numerous activities including the launch of the First Annual Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurship Conference in the Fall of 2012. Rae's ability to take on a time-sensitive and demanding project, in his spare time no less, and follow through with a successfully deployed event strategy speaks to his talents. Working with short deadlines is often difficult, but his commitment to the project from start to finish, and handling of tasks both mundane and elaborate, give me more than enough confidence to recommend him as a strong organizer/strategist, event manager, and emcee. Kudos to you Rae!"
-- Daryl Dunstan, Vice Chair of Marketing, Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society
"Thank you to the Okanagan for believing in our dream of stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit among us, to our conference organizing team; to Rae Stonehouse, our entrepreneur society chair who cracked the whip when needed to move everything; our speakers, displayers and sponsors, who made it happen for all of us."
-- Joel Young, Founder of Okanagan Valley Entrepreneurs Society
In October of 2011 he took over leadership of the Society as Chairman of the Board with the goal of taking it to the next level and beyond! First step was to recruit dynamic board members willing to share in his vision of an Okanagan Valley-wide organization of engaged entrepreneurs.
Secondly, was to rebuild the structure of the society on a business model.
Sadly, that was not possible to do and Rae has stepped down as Chair as of January 2012.