Our Judges

Arel Moodie, Speaker and Author

Arel Moodie is known nationally as America's Top Young Speaker. He is the co-owner of Empact (formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education), an organization that has reached over 100,000 students teaching entrepreneurship education across the country. Arel also is the best-selling author of "Your Starting Point For Student Success," a book that teaches students the five most important principles for success in school and in life.

Daniel Brusilovsky, Teens in Tech Labs Founder/CEO

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Teens in Tech Labs, as well as an associate producer of Olive the Movie. Prior to Teens in Tech Labs, Daniel was part of the founding team of Qik, co-founded AUP Media Group and iPad Case Finder, and worked at Apture, atebits, TechCrunch, Etude and other startups.

Janine Popick, VerticalResponse CEO

Janine is the CEO and founder of VerticalResponse, a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online surveys, social media, event marketing and direct mail solutions empowering small businesses to create, manage and analyze their own direct marketing campaigns. She was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist from 2006 to 2009, and won the 2010 U.S. Small Business Administration award for Small Business Person of the Year.

John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant and Author

John is a marketing consultant and author of "Duct Tape Marketing" and "The Referral Engine." He also is the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network. His blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for marketing and small business, and his podcast, a top 10 marketing show on iTunes, was called a "must listen" by Fast Company.

Ramon Ray, Small Business Expert and Author

Ramon is a journalist, technology evangelist, speaker, editor of Smallbiztechnology.com, and author of "Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses" (AMACOM Books) and most recently "Technology Resources for Growing Businesses." He's written thousands of articles and news items for Smallbiztechnology.com and other media including Entrepreneur and American Express OPEN Forum. A former small business technology consultant, Ramon also is the producer of the Small Business Summit, co-producer of Small Business Influencers, Small Biz Big Things and other events.

Nicole Marie Richardson, Inc.com Executive Editor

Nicole is the executive editor for special projects at Inc.com. She manages the website's largest projects, including the Inc. 5000, an annual list of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in America. She also works with the event staff to highlight the speakers and sessions at various national events on Inc.com.

Steve Mariotti, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Founder

Steve founded Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) in 1987 after spending time as a math teacher in New York City's most challenging neighborhoods. He found that his students were most motivated by the stories he told of his own business ventures, and realized that they could easily succeed as entrepreneurs if only given the proper tools and guidance. Now, nearly 25 years later, NFTE's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures.