Pre-screening Judges

The Beauty Pitch 2016 advisory panel, made up of beauty industry-focused angel or institutional investors, key industry CEO’s and executives, will provide feedback for the Beauty Pitch 2016 competition and help shape the project scope to keep it industry relevant.

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Dr. Brooke Carlson
Professor,
Fashion Institute of Technology

Dr. Brooke Carlson Headshot
Dr. Brooke Carlson
Professor,
Fashion Institute of Technology

Dr. Brooke Carlson has 25 years of senior executive marketing and general management experience in the beauty industry including marketing, product development, finance, sales, creative, advertising, public relations, education, licensing, manufacturing/contract management and more… Read More

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Reuben Carranza
Group President,
R+Co & V76, Luxury Brand Partners, LLC

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Reuben Carranza
Group President,
R+Co & V76, Luxury Brand Partners, LLC

Reuben Carranza brings over 26 years of consumer understanding, brand building, and passion for the beauty business and the salon industry to his role as Group President for Luxury Brand Partners (LBP). Carranza is responsible for the development and growth of two luxury beauty brands as well as the development of education platforms focused on benefiting hairdressers and salon owners… Read More

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Daniela Ciocan
Director of Marketing,
Cosmoprof North America

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Daniela Ciocan
Director of Marketing,
Cosmoprof North America

As the Director of Marketing for Cosmoprof North America, Daniela Ciocan is responsible for keeping this professional tradeshow fresh and new. Ciocan was instrumental in the implementation of new initiatives for CPNA, such as Discover Beauty/SPOTLIGHTS Program, BOUTIQUE Sampling Concept and the TV Shopping Auditions Program… Read More

 

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Katie Fitzgerald
Manager, Business Development,
CircleUp

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Katie Fitzgerald
Manager, Business Development,
CircleUp

Katie Fitzgerald works with early stage consumer companies in their fundraising processes at CircleUp, an online investment platform connecting consumer product and retail companies with accredited investors. Fitzgerald also structures partnerships to provide companies with access to valuable resources beyond capital… Read More

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Brian Graham
Founder, CEO,
Rise Investments International

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Brian Graham
Founder, CEO,
Rise Investments International

Brian Graham recently served as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of NIOXIN Research Laboratories, Inc., a global leader in manufacturing of hair care products. In 2014, Graham founded Rise Investments International, a company focused on providing growth equity, debt financing, and management resources for closely held businesses… Read More

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Harlan Kirschner
CEO and Owner,
The Kirschner Group, Inc.

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Harlan Kirschner
CEO and Owner,
The Kirschner Group, Inc.

Harlan Kirschner is the CEO and owner of The Kirschner Group, INC., a worldwide, sales and merchandising organization that has represented manufacturers in the professional hair, skin and nail industry for over 30 year… Read More

 

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Lou Marinaccio
Managing Director,
North Castle Partners

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Lou Marinaccio
Managing Director,
North Castle Partners

Lou Marinaccio is a managing director with over 20 years of experience investing in, advising, and operating consumer companies, including 16 years at North Castle. Lou has led over a dozen food & beverage brand investments, including Naked Juice, Atkins Nutritionals and more… Read More

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Diane Miles
Operating Partner,
CEO TSG Beauty, TSG Consumer Partners

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Diane Miles
Operating Partner,
TSG Consumer Partners

Diane Miles has over 25 years of experience building premier skincare, makeup and fragrance brands across the globe. She was most recently CEO of Perriconne MD, a TSG investment, and is currently an advisor to each of the beauty brands within TSG’s portfolio… Read More

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Angad Hira
Vice President,
VMG Partners

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Angad Hira
Vice President, VMG Partners

Angad Hira is a Vice President at VMG Partners, focused solely on investing in branded consumer products companies in the lower middle market.  VMG works intimately with founders and leaders of branded consumer product companies…. Read More

 

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Jeff Mills
Managing Partner,
Main Post Partners

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Jeff Mills
Managing Partner,
Main Post Partners

Jeff Mills is a Managing Partner at Main Post Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on investing in exceptional growth brands in the consumer industries. Previously, Mr. Mills was a Partner at Weston Presidio, a leading investor in growth companies since 1991… Read More

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