Retiree Business Directory

IRO continues to hear of retirees starting their own businesses so we have launched a new Life After Intel (LAI) series to showcase the stories of fellow retirees who are now self-employed. IRO invites all retirees to contribute stories to its LAI series and if you are now self-employed, you may want to showcase your new Life After Intel by completing and submitting the template Transitioning to a New Career. A writer from IRO’s Communications Team will help shape your input into a story ready for publishing. Please note to be included in IRO’s Retiree Business Directory, your LAI story must be approved by the IRO Communications Team and posted in the Life After Intel section of

Links and contact information to stories below can be found in the text under each retiree’s name and business.

Wood Synthesis and Coaching Synthesis – Lonnie Hurst, Queen Creek, AZ
Lonnie Hurst who retired from Intel after a fascinating career filled with managing crises, as well as fighting fraud and counterfeiting.  Oh, and developing leadership too! Lonnie has 2 companies. The first is Wood Synthesis where he uses woodturning to create “functional art for the discerning buyer.” Lonnie’s other company is Coaching Synthesis, which allows him to continue coaching individuals and teams, primarily on leadership.

Knitted Knockers – Breast Cancer Heroes, Fred Neal, Tempe and Gilbert, AZ
Read about Fred Neal, a 2002 Intel retiree, who partnered with his wife to create Knitted Knockers Charities, an incredible 501(c)3 that creates and distributes a knitted prosthetic are have been named as “the best breast cancer hero you have never heard of.”

Blair Photography Services, Steve Blair, Oregon
Meet Intel retiree Steve Blair who, with his wife Barbara, now has a photography business including portraits, weddings, and fine art photography in addition to photo restoration.  Steve’s Life After Intel story can be viewed here and Steve can be reached at

Camino Heights Golf Course, Rick Sandbo, Camino, CA
Join Folsom retiree Rick Sandbo for stunning views and a round of golf at his beautiful 9-hole course nestled in the Sierra foothills of California.  Rick can be reached at (530) 644-0190, or visit his website  Read his Life After Intel story here.

You Times 2, Gell Gellman, Portland, OR
Personal Assistant business doing a variety of things for her customers.  Examples include dog walking, grocery shopping and managing contractors. Contact her at or visit her web site at or her Facebook page at  Read her Life After Intel story here.

Lorraine’s Quilting Corner, Lorraine Matthews, Folsom, CA
With her Long Arm Gammill machine, Lorriane provides expert quilting services adding batting, back fabric and edging to the top layer of the quilt the customer creates.   Contact her at or call her at 916-337-1523.  Read her Life After Intel story here.

Secrets of Organization, Peggy Bishop, Chandler, AZ
Peggy’s book, Secrets of Organizations, shares the system she developed to better organize her activities, which she believes have been able to enhance her life.   Contact her at to purchase her book or visit her web site at  Read her Life After Intel  story here., EJ Peiker, Chandler, AZ
World’s largest website dedicated to nature photography. EJ specializes in leading workshops to exotic locations around the world to photograph stunning landscape scenes or catch wild animals in their native habitat.  To attend a workshop, contact him at or visit his web site at  Read his Life After Intel story here.

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