The following panel will be selecting the 4 small businesses to win the 2018-2019 Make It Awards.


John Starks

Alumni, New York Knicks

John Starks played with the New York Knicks as a shooting guard from 1990-1998. He executed one of the most famous plays in Knicks history, known as “The Dunk” when  he dunked over Horace Grant in front of Michael Jordan in Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. After finishing his NBA career in 2002 with the Utah Jazz, Starks began his entrepreneurial endeavors. In addition to his involvement with the Knicks as Alumni Relations and Fan Development Advisor, he is a partner in Custom Fuel Pizza, Zipway (athletic apparel company), and involved in The Total Body Board (sports equipment startup).

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anthony casalena

CEO, Squarespace

Anthony Casalena is the Founder and CEO of Squarespace, which he started from his dorm room in 2003. During the company’s early years, Anthony acted as the sole engineer, designer, and support representative for the entire Squarespace platform. In addition to running the company and setting overall product strategy, he remains actively involved in many departments of the company that he had previously run himself. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.


Danny Bowien

Chef and Entrepreneur, Mission Chinese Food

Owner of Mission Chinese Food located in New York and San Francisco,  Danny Bowien redefines traditional ingredients and cuisine by finding inspiration from everything around him - whether it’s being at the park, playing with his son, or observing what’s around him. He is a James Beard Award winner and was most recently featured in the television series, The Mind of a Chef.


Tracy Anderson

Founder and Creator, Tracy Anderson Method

Tracy Anderson’s achievements as a multi-platform fitness pioneer and author makes her the world’s most renowned expert in the health and wellness industry. She is best known for her revolutionary Tracy Anderson Method, with devotees including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, Lena Dunham, Nicole Richie, and more. In addition to her celebrated contributions to fitness, Tracy has created a collection of at-home exercise equipment, nutritional products, and activewear.


Jenné Lombardo

Co-Founder, MADE

Founder, The Terminal Presents

As the co-founder of MADE Fashion Week and founder of The Terminal Presents, Jenné Lombardo has been hailed by T Magazine as a “pint-size branding genius”. The highly prestigious MADE program is known to attract top-tier talent, incubating and elevating them in both fashion and music. Prior to selling the company to WME/IMG, Lombardo collaborated with a diverse range of designers, labels and artists, including Alexander Wang, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Moschino, Opening Ceremony, and more. In addition to her role at MADE, Lombardo also spearheads her strategic branding and marketing firm, The Terminal Presents. She serves as a pivotal innovator in the creative community, responsible for the transformation of business models for multiple high-profile companies.

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