2017 Food+City Challenge Prize Mentors



Mary Ann Anderson is the Associate Director of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence.  In this role she serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Supply Chain Majors and the liaison between the students, faculty and corporate sponsors.   Prior to joining the Center, MS. Anderson graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Engineering and has over twenty years’ experience in operations and supply chain management.  She has taught a variety of the supply chain courses here at UT since 2000 and is currently active in the MSTC program, in which she teaches launch and operational planning for start up companies.  In addition to her teaching, she has consulted with numerous firms, ranging from large multinationals to start ups, to improve their operational efficiency.  

John Arrow, Mutual Mobile

John Arrow is a veteran of entrepreneurship with a passion for harnessing disruptive and emerging technologies. He has been named Forbes Magazine's most promising CEO under 35. Additionally, he was selected as one of Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30. Over the last ten years, John founded successful businesses in the online payment processing industry and the consumer and enterprise software spaces. He also created one of the first site targeted PPC advertising networks. An adventurer and an innovator, John founded Mutual Mobile with the vision to unite the best minds in emerging technologies to pursue world changing endeavors.

Michael Atkinson, bailiwick ventures

Michael is an experience CEO, corporate development professional and strategic thinker with excellent leadership and communication skills. As an entrepreneur, owner, operator, developer and financier, Michael has a deep and sophisticated understanding of social media, food and restaurant technologies that are rapidly transforming the global foodservice industry.

Evan Baehr, Praxis venture lab

Evan Baehr cofounded a startup studio that conceives and launches early stage ventures. He's founded two other technology companies, raised over $137m for those ventures, and authored the #1 selling Get Backed from Harvard Business Press.  He's a graduate of Princeton, Yale, and Harvard Business School. 

Ivy Barney, Walmart

Ivy Barney is the Senior Director of Supply Chain Services for Walmart.  In this role, Ivy provides logistics support for the Food and Consumables Business Units and the Reverse Logistics Network, supporting Walmart stores and Sams Clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Walmart, Ivy spent 11 years in Technology Consulting with Accenture, building enterprise technology solutions for companies in the Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment industries.  Ivy earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Hampton University and Master of Business Administration from the Tulane University Freeman School of Business. She is actively involved in the community, and currently volunteers with Pelican Bomb. Ivy and her husband Shawn have a two-year-old daughter, Lucille.  



Claudio Bauza is a food and beverage management executive with over 16 years of experience in the industry.  Among the highlights of his career are owning and managing two food manufacturing facilities and, more recently, running North American sales for a leading seafood importer. His areas of expertise include business strategy, sales and marketing, food safety and operations management.  Claudio holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico.

Brandi clark burton, City of austin

Brandi Clark Burton is a trusted civic leader, sustainability advisor, and inspiring public speaker.  She has served nearly two years as a Senior Policy Advisor to City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. As a social entrepreneur she has launched more than a dozen new companies, organizations and first-time city-wide events. A graduate of Yale University, she has earned numerous accolades including the International Women's Day Environmental Award. Deeply passionate about preventing food waste she gave a TEDx talk called Trashing Food and volunteers with Keep Austin Fed.

scott collier, whole foods market

Scott Collier has spent the last 25 years in corporate finance as a venture capital, corporate development and investment banking manager and consultant. He recently joined the Global Growth and Business Development team at Whole Foods Market, managing equity and debt investment activities for Whole Foods Market supplier and partner companies as well as Friends of 365. He is also a lead advisor for impact investing activities for Pasadera Capital. He has served on the boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, the Austin Technology Council and Texas Business Hall of Fame, and he is an organizing leader for Slow Money Austin and Slow Money Northern California. He has been a guest speaker and panelist for numerous forums on venture capital and social impact investing.


John Doggett teaches and lectures on international entrepreneurship, global competition, and sustainability and energy.  Since 1999 Doggett has spent part of each year teaching courses on entrepreneurship and global competition in Austria, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Since 2003 he has led MBA students on annual two-week observation tours of the People's Republic of China. In 2010 he led MBA students to both China and India.  Doggett received his BA from Claremont Men's College, his JD from Yale Law School and his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Missan Eido, Firestorm solutions

Missan Eido is a supply chain thought leader with a proven track record in crisis management, risk mitigation, business continuity. His global transformation expertise in planning management, inventory control, business architecture and Lean manufacturing operations has led dozens of firms to significantly improve customer delivery time while reducing costs in a competitive environment. As the Principal of Firestorm Solutions, his focus is to empower businesses and people to create a culture of preparedness that enables and guides their organization through hostile conditions.

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Dale Easdon is a turnaround leader, driving change by investing in people, processes, Lean manufacturing principles and above all—delivering on his  promises to his customers. He is  currently the COO for Snap Kitchen a healthy meal option based in Austin. Dale is often a key note speaker for Pex and the AME where he presents the fundamentals of Operational excellence . He is also the proud father of four gorgeous children.
Dale was born in Scotland but now lives in Austin Texas.

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Brad Gold, grable martin fulton, plcc

Bradley Gold is a Professor of Business Law, Business Ethics, Commercial Transactions, and Public Speaking at The University of Texas.  He is also a practicing attorney with over a decade of experience advising clients in the wellness, food & beverage, supplement, and consumer goods sectors.  Brad has substantial experience running his own entrepreneurial ventures in a variety of industries.  This broad background allows Brad to provide holistic and forward-looking advice to help companies strategize, meet goals, and achieve sustainable success.

Robert (bob) metcalfe, Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Bob Metcalfe is an electrical engineer who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. He has 24+ years of successful experience in science, engineering, high-tech entrepreneurship, and venture capital. He is UT- Austin Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, directing the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Professor of Information Management in the McCombs School of Business.


laurence anne mittelbronn, Procurly

Laurence Mittelbronn is a procurement specialist, management professional, operational expert and mentor/advisor with over 20 years of national and international experience in the Food and Beverage, Hospitality, Foodservice and FoodTech industries. Her well-established executive career and skills were partially influenced by her work at Sodexo and Accor Hotels, as well as her current role as Managing Director Partner at Procurly, LLC. She serves on multiple Boards including  Copia and SNACK & Co, France. Laurence is passionate about applying her creative solutions, global networks, and decades of experience to businesses and organizations with purposeful social and/or environmental missions.



Ashley Shaffer is a Design Researcher and Brand Strategist at Preacher. With experience across a variety of industries including food & beverage, healthcare, financial services, hospitality, and social impact, Ashley specializes in designing experiences for people by understanding their hopes, fears, motivations, and influences. Prior to Preacher, she spent five years at the global design firm, IDEO, where she helped bring a new brand and business to life for MassMutual, rethought the future of food with Target, and reimagined the fan experience for the live audience of NBC Television.


Dan Sharp, office of technology commercialization, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Dan Sharp serves as Associate VP for Research and Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, Mr. Sharp oversees the business of OTC, manages all intellectual property (IP) and licensing activities, and coordinates relationships between OTC and faculty university-wide. He is involved in the creation of new licenses and startup companies and provides counsel to licensing staff on strategy, negotiation, terms, and goals.
Prior to joining OTC, Mr. Sharp was a practicing attorney—most recently with McKool Smith, PC and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC—with a focus on IP and technology law, including patent litigation, technology, and IP licensing. Dan received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Sharp is a member of the 1883 Council and is involved with the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

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Jill vaughn, anheuser-busch

Jill Vaughn joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992 and has held a variety of positions in brewing and product development. Over the past 24 years, Vaughn has worked at the Fort Collins, Co., St. Louis, Mo. breweries, as well as numerous corporate roles at St. Louis AB Headquarters.  In 2010 Vaughn became a Process and Product Development Manager for ABI, leading all innovation for the North American zone.


juanpablo wright, elastic plastic

Juanpablo Wright, founder of Elastic Plastic, is a strategic branding and marketing specialist with a focus on complete brand integration. Since 2004, he has worked with start-ups to build vibrant brands that act as both cultural foundations and conduits for growth and expansion. With a passion for learning, travel, and people, he fulfilled a dream in 2003 by embarking on a trip around the world that spanned five continents, and those experiences sparked a new passion and pursuit surrounding food and its power to connect us all.