Judges

June Sugiyama

June Sugiyama

Director of Vodafone Americas Foundation at Vodafone

June is the director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s transition towards “Technology for Good” programs, a strategy to better align with Vodafone’s expertise in technology & innovation. She also developed the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology to address critical global issues; it has identified several winners poised to impact poverty, health, environment, disaster relief and technology access. Most recently she’s developed a focus on “Empowering Women and Girls through Technology.”

June served on boards and as advisory capacities for several foundation and nonprofit organizations, most notably on the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership. June received her teaching credential & liberal studies degree from San Francisco State University, masters & specialist credential at the University of San Francisco.

David Willis

David Willis

Chief Financial Officer at EWC

David Willis came on board as our Chief Financial Officer in July 2016 and is based in our main offices in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Before joining EWC, David was an operating partner for Riata Capital Group, LLC based in Dallas, Texas from October 2014 through July 2016. David has also consulted for other Brazos Private Equity Partners portfolio companies since March 2014, providing financial, operational and strategic support to companies spanning franchise concepts, healthcare services, and co-pack manufacturing. As a strategic consulting partner for Brazos, David actively consulted for us and our affiliates since July 2014, assisting with various financial and operational initiatives, including our Strut 365™ product launch in May 2016. From January 2008 through December 2013, David held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Global Power Equipment Group, based in Irving, Texas and was a Senior Director within Alvarez and Marsal’s Restructuring Practice prior to that. David started his career with Ernst & Young (“EY”) based in Dallas, Texas.

Stephanie Durflinger

Stephanie Durflinger

VP of Product Development at Ellie Mae

Stephanie Durflinger is Vice President of Product Management for Ellie Mae. Stephanie oversees the development and execution of the product strategy. Previously, Stephanie held senior product leadership roles with other technology providers including Black Knight Financial and PC Lender. Additionally, Stephanie has a diverse mortgage banking background including all aspects of mortgage banking operations, secondary marketing, loan administration, and warehouse lending. Stephanie’s combined experience of Mortgage Banking and Technology uniquely positions her to bring impactful, forward-thinking technology insights to customers and the market.

Lukasz Weber

Lukasz Weber

Product Management Director at Zuora

In his 9+ years at Zuora, Lukasz has filled two key roles: Solution Architect and Product Manager. Currently, he’s the Product Manager for Zuora’s Core Platform Services and Extension Framework. Prior to Zuora, Lukasz completed two Bachelors and one Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT before working as a Solutions Architect at OATSystems, Arcadia Solutions, and Centive.

Sherry Baker

Sherry Baker

President of Marketing and Product Development at European Wax Center

Sherry Baker’s reputation as one of the world’s premier marketers of beauty, fashion and luxury brands has been built on one spectacular success after another.

From her earliest days at Colgate-Palmolive, Revlon, and Unilever, Sherry’s powerful combination of strategic insight, marketing innovation, and executional excellence has been the currency of her brand-building successes including the premier celebrity fragrance, Elizabeth Taylor’s Passion.

In the 1990’s, Baker’s branding success would continue at an incredible pace. First, as President of Swarovski Jewelry. Later, as President of Halston Borghese international. And in 1998, Baker revolutionized beauty retailing in America by launching Sephora, as the LVMH Company’s World Wide Vice President of Marketing.

Sherry’s success did not go unnoticed. And in 1999, the venerated fashion retailer Victoria’s Secret recruited her for its Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Over the next six years, first as VP Marketing and ultimately as President, Baker’s strategic and creative leadership built the Victoria’s Secret Beauty brand into a nearly $1 billion dollar business.

Then turning her attention to developing markets, Sherry worked with the Brazilian giant Natura as President, International Marketing/Retail, but the aggressive growth plans she put in place were stalled by the 2008 economic crisis. She remained in Brazil building luxury beauty and retail brands until 2012.

This unexpected economic turn of events, plus her desire to return to the U.S., landed her in a new position as President of Marketing and Product Development for European Wax Center (EWC). Baker, seeing the potential in EWC, put together a high energy marketing team and worked her usual lifestyle magic to help take this new brand to the next level in beauty branding. Baker, in conjunction with the founding family of EWC, helped create a momentum that has made this company one of the fastest growing brands in beauty retail services.