Introducing the Judges for HOT NEW NEXT Portland

Design Within Reach Portland
Design Within Reach studio, Portland. HOT NEW NEXT is taking place here, April 16, during Design Week Portland.

On April 16, 2018, at Design Within Reach in Portland, GRAY will debut HOT NEW NEXT, the dynamic competition that showcases contestants presenting a rapid fire pitch of design-related ideas to a panel of experts. This panel will provide real-time feedback to help hone the pitches, and provide guidance about how to best prepare their idea for success. Think Shark Tank, but with less snark. There’s still time to submit your idea, which you can do HERE. Below, meet the judges!

Amy Golden

Amy Golden

Marketing & Messaging Pro

Amy is the co-owner of Paxson Fay, a Seattle-based marketing and communications firm specializing in architecture, design and art. After five years of working in advertising in New York and Los Angeles, Golden returned to her hometown of Seattle in 2015 and launched Paxson Fay with co-owner, Tessa Andrews, and serves clients in the architecture and design industry across the country.

Kim Kovel

Kim Kovel

Design & Innovation Pro

Before her current top-secret role as Nike’s Sr. Material and Color Innovator, Kovel helped craft Nike’s creative vision as the Global Color Design Director for footwear. Kovel’s broad career experience, from launching her own snowboard apparel brand and collaborating with brands such as Adidas-Salomon, Fila, Patagonia, and Moncler makes her visionary in product and branding world-class.

Linda Lowry

Linda Lowry

Business & Business Investing Pro

Lowry has 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurship experience providing strategic marketing, sales relationship consultation, and tactical business development in the technology, creative arts, and life sciences sectors. In addition to her experience as an investor and with VC organizations, Lowry’s professional career has included Nordstrom, Enterprise (Ride Share Division), and Pitney Bowes, plus her own start-up projects Just4Fund, Cin’atra Vodka, Tiger Mountain IT, and DSA Solutions.

Jeffrey Valles

Jeffrey Valles

Sales & Merchandising Pro

Jeffrey W. Valles is a seasoned marketing and sales executive with five decades of experience in merchandising, manufacturing, and a variety of business models. Formerly of Phylrich and Forte, Valles now leads Chown Hardware’s decorative hardware, plumbing, and lighting showrooms in Oregon and Washington.

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