2018 Judges

Thank you to our judges!

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Maureen Ford

Founder, Southern California
Entrepreneurship Academy

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Maureen Ford's passion has always been teaching and working with people to help them to set goals and accomplish their dreams. In 1987 she started the Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy, an innovative educational program for college students who wanted to start a business. As an advisor and mentor to hundreds of students and start-up companies in Southern California, she received the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young and the Orange County business community. Maureen is an active member of her community with an impressive record of volunteer work, public service and leadership in city government.

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Kathy Lynn-Cullotta

Principal, i3 Ignite
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Kathy Lynn-Culotta is a consultant, advisor and connector with deep experience solving growth strategy / go-to- market initiatives. For 25 years she helped B2B companies develop sales and distribution channels for new products and services, especially in markets being transformed by new technology. Kathy brings proven frameworks and tools, as well as a hands-on approach, to large and small companies that have a vision to scale.
As a principal with i3 Ignite, she is pursuing her passion to support implementation of healthcare innovation. Kathy advises early growth stage digital health companies on how to think about scaling sales and customer support capabilities. She is co-founding President of the Phoenix chapter of Ellevate, a global professional women’s network dedicated to the professional and economic engagement of women worldwide.  

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Pam Avila

Principal, Sierra Summit Group
Director, Economic Development
Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce
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After more than 30 years in the fast-paced Silicon Valley technology world, Pam re-invented herself with a new career in the public sector. During her time in high-tech, Pam was a sales and marketing executive until she became an entrepreneur with several start-ups to her credit. She also mentored 80 small business owners at CT Pioneers, an organization that she founded until its acquisition. Pam is currently the director of economic development for the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and serves as the CEO and Board Chairman for the Stronger Futures Foundation.

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Marty Craner

President B&C Fresh Sales
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Marty Craner is the founder/owner/CEO of B & C Fresh Sales, which operates as a mushroom broker, marketing manager and consultant to the produce industry.  She started in the produce business in 1980 with Castle & Cooke before founding her own company in 1988.
Marty’s involvement in the industry includes Committee Chairs for the Fresh Produce and Floral Council as well as Treasurer and Chairman of the Board.  She has also served on the Produce Marketing Association as a Board of Director, and is in-coming Chairman of the Board for the Center for Growing Talent by PMA.  She has served as a mentor for The Fresh Produce and Floral Council, the Produce Marketing Association, The Center for Growing Talent and for Chapman University’s Food Science Dept.   She serves on the So Ca Food Industries Leadership Team for the City of Hope.

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Lynda LeMole, M.S.

Nutrition, Herb & Food Consultant
Former President, Traditional Medicinals
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Lynda LeMole is known for her pioneering efforts in supporting the use of herbal medicine. Lynda was involved in the very beginning of the natural products movement, using her nutrition education and passion for holistic health and sustainability to teach and help various companies employ socially responsible practices. She was co-owner and president of Traditional Medicinals from 1983 to 2003, where she helped roll out the nation's first over-the-counter medicinal teas. Lynda is on the board of United Plant Savers. Her contributions to the herbal products industry are invaluable in inspiring and teaching legions of individuals, organizations, and businesses.

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Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence

President/CEO Advisor Business Solutions
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Suzanne Patrick-Lawrence brings over 25 years of her own business, marketing and communications experience to each client relationship. She has seen the ups and downs of economies and what happens when companies do not have effective strategies in place.
In 2001, she launched Advisor Business Solutions, a certified Small Business Enterprise, Women Owned/Minority Owned Enterprise providing business development, buy/sell matchmaking, succession planning and strategic marketing consulting for small businesses, financial services firms and government agencies looking to increase revenues, secure clients or outreach initiatives.
Previously Suzanne oversaw business development and marketing for an international asset management firm and raised over $60 million assets under management.
She serves on PCR SBDC Advisory Board, is an active member for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and is three-term past-President of the FPA San Gabriel Valley chapter. Ms. Lawrence is a speaker at financial industry events and lectures to audiences throughout the US. 

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