The judges for the third Pitch & Pour event on Thursday, October 9, 2014:
Jason Bacher is a vehicle for hard work. He goes 100 miles an hour and runs on his own special blend of high octane motivation. His destination: Get-shit-done Avenue. When he was ten years old he was carrying buckets of paint around his family’s business, at sixteen he rodded out a 1984 Pontiac Fiero, at twenty-five he co-founded GFDA in his basement while in grad school. Whether it’s grilled cheese sandwiches or mid-century industrial ephemera, he has a penchant for the spartan. His personal tastes and professional work lay in intelligent, highly functional design. Jason Bacher is a man possessed by a rare tenacity, and there’s nothing he enjoys more than savoring the fruits of his labor. (Whatever you do, though, never get between him and a jar of hot giardiniera.)
Whenever there’s a storm in Brian Buirge’s general vicinity, he is the quiet calm at its center. Brian is the fulcrum, he is the laughing buddha, he is the friendly voice reminding you to breath. His expertise in martial arts lends him patience, and focus, and his advanced education in design helps him never cease to be curious about the world around him. Brian’s greatest talent is keeping his balance. Anyone who loves equally making sushi, setting type, and getting punched in the face by close friends, really has to be comfortable with himself. His placid surface and flowing depth are what make Brian Buirge a successful designer. He doesn’t force, coax, or coerce; he wills a thing to happen. Oh, and if you enjoy chicken wings and bad kung fu films, you may just have a new best friend.
Bradley Hoos is Head of Community Partnerships and Co-Founder at Grand Circus. He works with partners to deliver truly differentiated results that emerge through innovation and critical thinking. Recently recognized as a part of the Detroit Techweek100 representing leaders who have a significant impact on business and technology, Brad has extensive experience working with leading organizations including Red Hat, Accenture, Google, Caterpillar, and USAA. Bradley holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS and MS in Engineering from Michigan State University and the University of Iowa.
Kristin Kiser is the Senior Director of Digital Strategy for Communica, Inc. an international marketing company with locations in Columbus, Detroit, Shanghai, and Toledo. Additionally, she is a founding partner of AVATAR, LLC a software and digital products company located in Toledo, Ohio and the owner of local independent coffee shop, Black Kite Coffee. Kristin has over 18 years of experience in championing the digital strategy for businesses and organizations in the creation of successful processes, products, and web applications.
A self-described iPad “Junkie,” Richard Shulman actually started out as a practicing trial lawyer for the first 15 years of his career. An avid doodler, Richard found himself naturally “drawn” toward a multitude of programs on his iPad that helped him nurture his creativity. He attended and was inspired by the IAMDA (International Association of Mobile Digital Artists) Conference in New York, after which he poured all of his energies into learning and teaching others how to use the latest tools and helping push the creative potential of the modern mobile device. Richard has since helped shape many of the top software products available on the market today. In the past three years, Richard has worked with multiple companies by testing, demonstrating and consulting in product development. Richard also has become a developer himself and his app, Skribl, was recently recognized by Apple as one of their best new Apps.