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2019 MENTORS & JUDGES


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SEMI-FINAL ROUND JUDGES
(SELECTING THE TOP 10 FINALISTS FROM THE 25 MOST VOTES + 10 REGIONAL WINNERS)


Matt Kaplan

MATT KAPLAN - Semi-Final Judge
Outdoor Industry Association
VP Membership & Business Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years, Matt has a wide array of experience and perspective from several brands within the Industry. He has worked with large, Big Box Retailers, small independent specialty retailers, international distributors, domestic distributors, and online retailers.  Since joining OIA, the membership numbers have grown to an all-time high, revenue has exceeded all previous records and Matt has launched several new initiatives and programs. 

JANELLE PAGE - Semi-Final Judge
Nutraceutical Corporation
VP of Marketing & eCommerce Strategy

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Janelle Page’s career in business and marketing began in elementary when she first started selling blow pops and candy bars to her fellow schoolmates. Her resume includes successful ventures in marketing, real estate, sports nutrition, supplements, events, consulting, teaching, and public speaking. Over the years, she has created and sold several companies, as well as helped hundreds of brands—both large and small—grow their business. Prior to becoming the Vice President of Marketing and eCommerce Strategy at Nutraceutical Corporation, Janelle was the founder and CEO of KickFire Marketing. Janelle is an outdoor enthusiast who’s passionate about mountain biking, hiking, and practicing exceedingly difficult yoga poses. 

ADAM BUCHANAN - Semi-Final Judge
adamcbuchanan.com
Owner, marketing influencer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Adam Buchanan has been helping brands with their digital marketing strategies for over 10 years. He's helped companies like Cabela's, Columbia Sportswear, and Backcountry.com with their social media and influencer marketing programs. He believes companies should focus more on trust rather than trends to grow their business and talks about how to infuse more trust on his podcast The Marketing Trust. You can connect and learn more about Adam on twitter @adam_buchanan and his website adamcbuchanan.com.

STEVE GRAYBILL - Semi-Final Judge
Mulibex
Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

 “Ain’t no mountain high enough” is an understatement.  When Steve sees a challenge, he climbs right over the dang thing.  It doesn’t matter if it’s developing and designing the next generation of aircraft, in the military defending our freedom, or in his personal endeavors, namely wrangling his kids, Steve does what it takes to get the job done.  Some might say he kick’s butt and takes names later, but he mostly just kick’s butt.  Pushing the limits in everything he does, he is often heard hollering, “Giddy-yup” and “Let’s do this!”  He is a man’s man with the heart of a saint.

 

BEN FORCHINI - Semi-Final Judge
San Francisco State University
Aquatics & Safety Programs Coordinator

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Ben Forchini is the Aquatics & Safety Programs Coordinator for San Francisco State University. Prior to his role at San Francisco State, Ben held roles as the Program Director for the Boys & Girls Club of the as well as the Athletic Recreation Coordinator for the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. He is also the founder and owner of California Surfing Academy in Half Moon Bay, CA. An avid waterman, Ben provides decades of experience in ocean safety and recreation.

BRIAN HYDE - Semi-Final Judge
Maverik, Inc.

Director of Financial Planning
 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brian is a proud WSU Finance graduate and now works for Maverik as their director of financial planning and analysis.  In this role, Brian has the opportunity to help plan Maverik’s rapid growth trajectory.  He also manages financial reporting and business analytics at Maverik with a team of wicked sharp financial analysts.

 

RANDALL PINSON - Semi-Final Judge
Rockagator
President

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

 

Randall Pinson is the founder of Rockagator, a Utah company that produces waterproof backpacks, duffles and dry bags.  Growing up in the foot of the Wasatch Mountains has given Randall his inspiration for developing kit that appeals to a broad cross-section of outdoor enthusiasts.  In 2018 Rockagator became the official Backpack of Spartan Race’s premier Endurance Event ‘The AGOGE’.  Randall graduated from the University of Utah School of Business and continues to grow Rockagator in the same community that grew him.  

ELI CHMOUNI - Semi-Final Judge
SURF
Founder & CEO 

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Eli Chmouni moved to Arizona from Lebanon at the age of 19 with $600 and the hunger for the American Dream. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degree, he realized that a traditional job setting is not exciting enough. He then launched 4 startups over 8 years, two of which have been acquired. In 2016, Eli was voted a top 35 under 35 entrepreneur in Arizona, and his startups have won significant awards and accolades over the years. Eli was a faculty member at Arizona State University for eight years teaching engineering and entrepreneurship. He's mentored more than 500 startups. 

 

MELANIE WEBB - Semi-Final Judge
Sol Fitness Adventures
Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Melanie is the founder of boutique tour operator Sol Fitness Adventures and was named “The person to call” for her guided retreats in Utah’s National Parks by DEPARTURES Magazine. An ACE-certified personal trainer, Melanie spent six years training private clients in Washington, D.C. The former wildlife biologist and environmental consultant lent her experience to KÜHL Clothing from 2015 to 2018, serving as their PR and government affairs manager. She has also been featured on Good Morning America and in Outside, IDEA Fitness Journal, Los Angeles Times, and more. Melanie recently authored her first book, Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym. 

JENNIFER KILLIAN - Semi-Final Judge
AndShesDopeToo
Owner & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jennifer is the Co-Founder and CEO of AndShesDopeToo, an outdoor women’s event company based in Ogden,UT. She started her journey in 2015 with her husband and business partner Taylor. Her goal was to create a community for women in the outdoors that removed all aspects of comparison and competition. Through Jennifer’s drive and passion, ASDT has become a world-wide brand, hosting multiple large scale camping experiences, intimate backcountry retreats, local meet-ups and The Lady Wild Film Festival.

Her greatest success on top of AndShesDopeToo is being married to her husband of 11 years and their 3 outdoor loving children.

 

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ON-SITE MENTORS


JOSHUA IRVINE - mentor
Irvine Legal
Managing Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

From working at top regional firms to starting his own firm, Joshua has a flare for the entrepreneurial.  While his work takes him to various continents, the service is the same - help businesses and individuals solve the problems that they face.  He takes the same drive and passion to serving clients big or small, in the US or internationally.

Diana George

DIANA GEORGE - mentor
Crewe Advisors Wealth Management
Complex Financial Planner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Diana has cut her teeth in the financial industry serving in positions such as a business relationship manager, Vice President of the Women's Financial Group Manager at Zion's Bank, and a Sr. Private Banker Vice President at Wells Fargo.  Diana brings over 20 years of banking, financing and debt restructuring experience to Crewe Advisors. She specializes in complex financial planning to business owners, high net worth families, real estate investors, and trust beneficiaries in various areas of individual, fiduciary, non-profit, and wealth transfer strategies. Her focus also includes women in transition, philanthropic planning, and generational wealth transfer.

Brad Bertoch

BRAD BERTOCH - mentor
VentureCapital.org
President & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

President & CEO, VentureCapital.org. He is a leader in equity backed business development and entrepreneurship. Under his direction, companies participating in WBI programs have raised over $5 billion in private and public equity and created or retained over 100,000 high tech jobs throughout the United States. Bertoch is a member of the SLC Angels, the Salt Lake Life Sciences Angels, the Park City Angels and the WBI Angels and was a venture partner with Hamilton Bio-Ventures Fund II. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Brett Horstmann

BRETT HORSTMANN - mentor
Lifetime Products
VP of Sales, Tables & Chairs

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Brett Horstmann is the Vice President of Sales for Tables and Chairs at Lifetime Products, Inc.  Previously he worked as Director of International Sales for Lifetime Products.  Brett earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Business and Spanish in 1998.  Later he studied at Thunderbird, earning an executive certificate in global management.  Most recently, Brett received an MBA from Weber State, and now enjoys teaching international marketing once per year in the MBA program.  When not at work, Brett enjoys family time, cycling, and reading.

 

 

BRITTON WELSH - mentor
Beehive Cheese Company
Cheesemaker & Business Admin

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Britton Welsh is a cheesemaker and business admin at Beehive Cheese Company in Ogden, UT.  Britton started making cheese manning the farmer's market at 14 years old and now has moved into marketing and strategic visioning at Beehive Cheese.  He graduated with an MBA from Weber State and has a passion for helping advance the food culture of Ogden.  When not making friends with cheese, Britton loves making lattes, traveling, taking pictures, and hiking with his 3-year-old goldendoodle, Copper.

Debra Mitchell

DEBRA MITCHELL - mentor
Twisted Silver
Founder/Designer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Leading the trends, founder and designer (Ogden native & Weber State grad) Debra Mitchell of Twisted Silver llc® began her career in fashion with The Bon Marche as the Northern Utah regional fashion coordinator, which expanded from there. Home for Debra became California, and after taking time out to raise her 3 kids, stepped right back into design. With fashion in her blood and an eye on a career in fashion design, she became a indie jewelry designer overnight when her very first design was placed in a high profile Emmy Awards event, branding this girl-next-door brand, Twisted Silver as a celebrity favorite. TV, glossy magazines, runway & red carpet sightings, and a steady stream of invitations to events for The Academy Awards, Grammy, Emmy etc, continue to generate national interest. This collected, salvaged, and upcycled earthy base metal brand was founded in 2003. Debra’s strong sense of style and individuality is apparent in her line. Distinct.Chic.Timeless.

 

Cass Morgan

CASS MORGAN - mentor
Weber State University
Program Director & Asst. Professor

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Cass Morgan is the program director and an assistant professor of the outdoor recreation degree program at Weber State University. Cass completed her Ph.D  at the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. She has over 15 years experience working in the industry. Prior to working in the university, she worked as a recreation planning consultant, researcher, and outdoor educator for a number of programs across the United States. Her research interests focus on how outdoor programs drive youth development. Cass enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, rock climbing and hiking.

 

 

 

Bart  Miller

BART MILLER - mentor
Klymit
VP Sales

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Bart is a start-up business builder and current V.P. of Sales at Klymit, joining that team near the end of 2014. Klymit’s sales growth in 2015 and 2016 landed the company on the INC 5000 list of fastest growing private businesses both years. Before Klymit, Bart was V.P. of Sales at Goal Zero, a Utah based outdoor product start-up business which sold for $80 million to NRG (NYSE: NRG) in 2014.  Prior to the acquisition, Goal Zero was #9 on the 2013 INC 500 list and Bart was a Utah Business 40 Under 40 honoree. Bart was also a key contributor to the success of England Logistics, a then early-stage transportation 3PL which grew to over $100 million in revenue during his time employed there.  He holds degrees in business anagement from The University of Utah and an MBA
from Weber State University.

 

Matt Kaplan

MATT KAPLAN -mentor
Outdoor Industry Association
VP Membership & Business Development

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years, Matt has a wide array of experience and perspective from several brands within the Industry. He has worked with large, Big Box Retailers, small independent specialty retailers, international distributors, domestic distributors, and online retailers.  Since joining OIA, the membership numbers have grown to an all-time high, revenue has exceeded all previous records and Matt has launched several new initiatives and programs. 

BRAYDON BALL - mentor
Maverik, Inc.

Photographer/Videographer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Utah based photographer with a passion for capturing the moments of outdoor adventures with friends. Working professionally with outdoor brands has taken me around the world to capture the stories that back up their values. Currently full time photographer and videographer for Maverik “Adventures first stop"

 

MICHAEL PETRI - mentor
Petrus Solutions

Mechanical Engineer / Owner

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Originally from Dallas, TX, Michael is a mechanical engineer and the owner of Petrus Solutions, a product development company in Ogden that specializes in helping start-ups and inventors turn their ideas for consumer products into realities. In his free time, Michael is an avid skier, runner, singer, and Frisbee golfer.

 

 

 

REYES FLOREZ - mentor
Platform Accounting Group
Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Platform was launched in late 2015 with the goal of becoming a leading tax and advisory firm through the acquisitions and consolidation of boutique CPA firms across the Western United States. Previously, Reyes was an Investment Banking Associate at Credit Suisse where he focused on M&A and capital markets advisory for companies in the Business Services and Education Technology sectors.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Reyes was a Finance Associate at Goldman Sachs in their Salt Lake City and New York offices.  

Matt Kaplan

KAYLOR DASTRUP -mentor
kaylordastrup.com
Outdoor Photographer

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

I am a Utah based outdoor photographer. Photography is what I do full time. I seek to consistently create art that allows us to recognize the influence of nature in our lives. I love pushing myself and feel that there is no better place to do that than in the outdoors. I love being around passionate people, seeing and being around people that have a passion for the outdoors, or their passion gets them outdoors is what I strive to capture in my photography. I am married to who I think is a goddess but she goes by Marissa, together we have a 2 year-old named Kozwell.

KAT SAMARDZIJA -mentor
Locker Lifestyle

Founder & CEO

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Kat is a student-athlete, founder of Locker Lifestyle, and is a past winner of the Outdoor Weber Competition. She started her company after having her valuables stolen out of a gym locker. She created three patent-pending products that serve as wearable lockers. Safely stash your essentials (such as cash, keys, an ID or phone) for fitness, travel, festivals, and more! Kat has attended and won over 11 national pitch competitions. She is an Amber Grant recipient, FedEx Small Business Grant Winner, and was named as one of the top 15 millennial entrepreneurs in the country. She will graduate in a semester with a double major in entrepreneurship and marketing.

 

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FINAL ROUND JUDGES


STACEY SCHIEFFELIN - Final Judge 
Women's Leadership Live
Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Stacey Schieffelin is a Co-Founder of Women’s Leadership LIVE, the
Founder and Former CEO of ybf (your best friend) beauty, LLC, Models Prefer Beauty and is 1 of 6 HSN Star Entrepreneurs! She has engineered a 22-year record of success as the #1 global cosmetic line in direct sales on six networks in eleven countries, HSN (US), QVC (UK-England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), TSC (Canada), TVSN (Australia, New Zealand), HSE24 (Italy), HSE24 (Germany), Citruss TV (Dubai) and Shopping LIVE (Russia) with over $300 million in cosmetic and apparel sales. Stacey is known for forging a highly personal relationship with her girlfriends/consumers. As a successful market disruptive business leader, deeply soulful and entrepreneur-centric and renowned beauty expert, she is frequently sought by national magazines such as Allure, ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, and Fitness.

DEBBIE SAVIANO - Final Judge
Women's Leadership Live
Co-Founder

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Debbie Saviano is one of the three Founders of Women’s Leadership LIVE and with a background in pre-K to High-School education, she continues to use her knowledge as a cornerstone for developing, nurturing, and maintaining relationships. Her ability to demonstrate “ROI – Return on Influence” via Social Media enables Entrepreneurs to not only be connected on a global scale but when used appropriately can be one of the most powerful resources available.
A writer and creator of content from articles to blogs to books, she has authored or co-authored; LinkedIn Strategies, Brilliant Speakers, Business Success with Ease and Navigating Entrepreneurship, all of which focus on avenues of the Entrepreneurial journey.

DAVID SCHIEFFELIN - Final Judge
Women's Leadership Live
Managing Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

David CFO, Managing Director for Women’s Leadership LIVE is an Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, and skilled corporate operating officer. David has the cross-disciplined experience to create and execute a Company’s strategic plan alongside founders, advisory teams, key advisors, and partnerships. David began his career with a two year stop on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange working with then trading giant Speer Leeds & Kellogg.  A disrupter in IoT, David developed groundbreaking wearable sensor technology in partnership with Verizon, AT&T, Cisco and Accenture that put his company on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. A Harvard graduate, he is active in numerous entrepreneur trade associations and certified by the InBIA as a Developer of Business Incubators.

SHAUN MULREED - Final Judge
Powder Mountain Resorts
Director of Operations

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Shaun Mulreed is the Director of Operations for Powder Mountain, the largest ski resort in North America where the construction of a next-generation mountain town is underway.  Shaun has an extensive background in corporate law, finance and business development and experience working in a variety of environments, ranging from publicly traded companies to early stage start-ups. Prior to joining Summit Powder Mountain, Shaun was among the first employees at iCapital Network, an online asset management platform that grew from idea-stage to over $2 billion of assets under management in only two years. Prior to iCapital Network, Shaun worked at Och-Ziff and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

JO PACKHAM - Final Judge
Where Women Create
Creator/Editor-In-Chief

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Jo Packham, currently the creator/Editor-in-Chief of best-selling magazines: WHERE WOMEN CREATE — Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women; WHERE WOMEN COOK, The Heart & Soul of Cooking; and WHERE WOMEN CREATE BUSINESS, A Passion for Success, has been a leading innovator in the handmade publishing market for more than 35 years.

A successful entrepreneur, Jo began her career with THE VANESSA-ANN COLLECTION which published paper-back how-to publications selling millions of copies. This led to her publishing companies, CHAPELLE Ltd. and later WWC PRESS, which packaged more than 1,000 titles for most major publishers in the industry including: Sterling, Time Warner, Oxmoor House, Meredith Corp. (Better Homes & Gardens), Rodale Press, Random House, Chronicle, Barnes & Noble, and others.

PETER F. MALEN Jr. - Final Judge
Workman Nydegger
Intellectual Property Attorney

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Peter F. Malen Jr.’s legal and technical backgrounds are diverse. He began his professional career as a mechanical engineer and worked with the Department of Defense for several years.  Since transitioning to the practice of law, Mr. Malen now manages IP portfolios for clients ranging in size from one-person operations to top 10 Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of fields, including sporting goods.  In addition to the development and implementation of IP protections for U.S. and international patent and trademark applications, Mr. Malen also provides international trade secrets counseling, licensing, infringement investigations, due diligence investigations, and assistance in the advancement of client rights in numerous foreign jurisdictions including Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Mr. Malen has spoken on the subject of intellectual property in a number of different venues. His engagements have included presentations on intellectual property topics at the Snowsports Industries of America (SIA) Snow Show in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

PHIL CASE - Final Judge
Fluid Advertising
Partner & Managing Director

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

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MIKE CALLAHAN - Judge
Vista Outdoor, Inc
Chairman of the Board

BIO/EXPERIENCE:

Mr. Callahan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Vista Outdoor, Inc. He also served as Interim CEO and Chairman of Vista. Previous to this interim role he served as Lead Independent Director. Vista is listed on the NYSE as VSTO and generates approximately $2.5 Billion in annual revenues. 

He spent much of his professional career at Cabela’s where he served in a number of roles including SVP of Business Development, International Operations and Industry and Government affairs. He also acted as SVP of Retail Operations and Brand Marketing and was VP of Merchandising. He was a member of the road show team that took Cabela’s public in 2004.

 


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