Rudy Oeftering

Rudy Oeftering

Rudy Oeftering

Business History:

  • 1980-1984 District Rep, United States Chamber of Commerce
    • At the age of 21 received the National Award for Outstanding Sales.
    • Consistently ranked in the top 10 of a national sales force of 400.
  • 1984-1996 District Rep, National Federation of Independent Business
    • National Top Producer, 1987
    • Consistently ranked as a top five producer of a 600 person membership team.
    • Numerous sales awards including the Hall of Fame Award.
  • 1991-1998 Owner/Operator-Classic Self Storage
    • Property turn-a-round that resulted in more than a quadruple increase in revenues.
    • Opened an on-site Ryder Truck Rental Agency that quickly became one of the top 10 revenue producing locations in Texas.
  • 1995-1999 Midlothian Money Mart
    • Unprofitable business that became highly profitable and was sold in 1999.
  • 1998-Present Owner/Operator – Oeftering Properties
    • Own and operate five multi-tenant properties.
    • Specialize in property turn around through infrastructure and management.
    • Created substantial value through original and creative problem solving.

Public Service:

  • 1994 Ed Harrison for Congress Campaign
    • Co – Chairman, developed positions and papers for supporters and the media.
    • Worked to gain endorsements and funding for the candidate.
  • 1995-1998 Lancaster City Council
    • Initiated a pro-business agenda to promote city growth.
    • Reach out to a rapidly changing and diverse population to increase participation in city government.
    • Worked with competing groups to plan and build a Library/Recreation Center Campus.
  • 1994-1998 Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
    • Hired a new Executive Director to rebuild member base and re-energize Chamber activity.
  • 1996-2003 Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    • Promoted participation in an organization that represents the four neighboring communities of Desoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Lancaster.
    • BSW C of C has won statewide awards for regional cooperation.
  • 1998-2002 Desoto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    • As Membership Chairman increased membership by over 20%.
    • Worked to improve relations between city government, the Desoto ISD, and the business community.
  • 1999 Civilian Delegate, National Security Conference, U.S. Army War College
    • Met with international military officer graduates of the U.S. Army War College to discuss issues of democracy and civilian rule of the military.
  • 2000 Southern Dallas Operation Clean Sweep, Chairman
    • Founding member of an initiative to work with business owners, property owners and government to clean up low income areas.
    • Raised funds for organization activities from business and individuals.
    • Promoted “Business Standard of Excellence” in low income areas of Dallas.
  • 2001 Desoto Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board
    • Implemented several pro-business initiatives within the city
    • Continued aggressive membership growth through outreach to the cities African American and Hispanic business owners and professionals.
    • Instituted long term plan for Chamber financial stability.
  • 2002 Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board
    • Developed a legislative agenda for the Texas Legislature.
    • Increased member activity by broadening Board participation.
    • Organized quarterly joint luncheons between four local Chambers to build a stronger guest speaker program. This combined clout gained attendance from office holders from the local, county, state and national level.
  • 2006 Texas Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
    • Appointed to the Board of directors of the most recognized pro-active business organization in Texas
  • 2008 BACPAC, Board of Directors
    • Assist in fundraising and endorsing pro-business candidates throughout the state of Texas.
    • Organize fundraising activities including the creation of the Maurice Acers Champion of Free Enterprise Award
  • 2009 Chairman Small Business Committee, Texas Assoc. of Business and Chamber of Commerce
    • Trial launched the first ever, “Texas Small Business of the Year Award”.
  • 2010 Texas Assoc. of Business, Board Secretary, Executive Officers Committee.
  • 2011 Texas Assoc. of Business and Chamber of Commerce, Chairman Elect.
    • Led Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2012 Texas Assoc. of Business and Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
    • Led a successful organizational audit that revealed strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the TAB.
    • Initiated changes that led to TAB’s highest membership in its history.
  • 2013 Board of Trustees, Texas Can Academy
  • 2015 Texas Competes, Co-founder
    • Organized a business based pledge of fairness for a diverse population from over 1500 Texas companies in Texas, including many Fortune 500 companies and the NFL 2017 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.
  • 2016 Chair of the Advisory Committee for the re-launch of Lone Star Council of Campfire USA.
  • 2017 National Board of Directors – Campfire USA

Personal Information:

Born May 9, 1959 in Elyria, Ohio to Helmut and Shirley Oeftering, the fifth of 12 children. Graduated from Elyria West High School in 1977 and attended Lorain County Community College.

Father of 4 children, Elizabeth, 29, is a student and involved in many civic causes in Columbia, MO. Sarah, 27, is a design architect in Portland, Oregon. Mary Kate, 25, has a degree in international relations from Georgetown University and masters in education from Norte Dame University. She is now a fifth grade teacher at Christ the King School. Peter, 23, is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. He works in finance and has a goal to become an entrepreneur.


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