Young Inventor Challenge


We thank these and talented toy and game industry professionals for volunteering their valuable  time and expertise in guiding our Young Inventor Challenge Entrants! 

Alicia Alexander

Communications Director,

Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools and

Concept Manager, KID Group

Interested in finding out more about being a mentor for the 2019 Young Inventor Challenge?

Click here to send us your information and we will get in touch with you about this

exciting opportunity! 

Thank You to our Judges & Mentors!

Director of Young Inventor Challenge

Kelly Adams
Director of Product Development at Goliath Games and Pressman Toys
Carsten Ahrenfeldt
Vice President, PG1 Front-End at LEGO Group
Charles Albert
CEO at Creativity, Inc., Managing Director at Inspire, Ltd and Partner at Funfare, LLC
Marco Alferez
Senior Designer at Razor USA
Lee Allentuck
Founder & Clueless Dad at Raising Nerd
Missy Anderson
Vice President of Operations at Goliath Games LLC
Steven Anne
Category Manager of Toys/Licensing at Walgreens
Adrienne Appell
Senior Director Strategic Communications at The Toy Association
Gwen Austin
Creator at Gwen Austin Studios
Karri Bean
Senior Manager, Lego at Disney Consumer Products
Xander Beberman
Lab Staff at Hack Arts Lab
John Bell
Director, Product Design & Development, Buffalo Games, LLC
Erin Bitar
Vice President of Global Marketing at Razor USA
Eleanor Black
Client Relations at Fuse London Ltd
Brendan Boyle
Partner at IDEO and Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford d.School
Pete Cartlidge
Director at Fuse London
Brian Clemens
Partner, KID Group
Ryan DeChance
Director of Discovery at The Grommet
Ian Desberg
VP of Design & Development at Razor USA
Kirk Dietz
MPS Literacy, 6th grade English teacher in Sleepy Hollow Middle School
Matthew Dohmeyer
Sales Account Manager at Playmonster
Sally Dominguez
Innovation Provocateur, Catalyst & Adventurous Thinker. Multi-award-winning Designer, Educator, Multifarian.
Janelle Duthie
Marketer & Brand Strategist
Jason Erickson
Associate VP of National Accounts at Playmonster
Steven Fink
Owner, Bang Zoom Ltd.
James Freeman
Social media marketer at White Wizard Games
Opal Freeman
Finance Professional with Diversified Expertise in both Non-Profit and Corporate Sectors
Alex Fuhrer
Business Development at Nextoy
Bob Fuhrer
Owner at Nextoy LLC and KenKen Puzzle
David Fuhrer
Managing Director at BlueSquare Innovations
Sara Furay
Marketing and Licensing Manager at Goliath Games
Mark Garcia
Design Director at KID Group
Egils Grasmanis
Brain Games Publishing
Ruth Green-Synowic
President at Ruth Green Inc
Dougal Grimes
Director of Product Design at Hasbro Gaming
Bill Guschwan
Serious Game Designer at Columbia College Chicago
Caitlin Gutekunst
Senior Director Marketing and Business Development at Creativity, Inc.
Erik Hansen
Senior Innovation Director at LEGO System A/S
Dave Harris
Senior Director of Inventor Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Mattel, Inc.
Adam Hocherman
Vice President of New Business at PlayMonster
Ahren Hoffman
Ahren Hoffman
Director of Education & Training at American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
Mitch Hufnagel
Communications and Membership Coordinator & Chicago Student Invention Convention Program Manager
Charity Humphreys
Associate Buyer at PlayMonster
Stephanie Infantino
Sales Account Manager at PlayMonster
Krista Morsett Jakes
Brand Manager at PlayMonster
Ken Johnson
CEO / President of Grand Legacy Corporation, Inventor, Author, Visionary Entrepreneur, Investor, Speaker
Megan Kanous
National Accounts Manager at Publisher Services, Inc
Kristin Karalis
Accounting Clerk at Playmonster LLC
Perry Kaye
Founder/CEO Perry Teri Toys
Bridget Kenney
Buyer at Target
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