Meet the Panel of Judges
Dan, Toy Inventor
Dan Lauer is a long-standing, successful entrepreneur who’s founded multiple companies, including Lauer Toys Inc., best known for the Waterbabies line of products, which has enjoyed 26 years of continuous distribution and 23 million units sold. He is also the executive director of University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) Accelerate, which fosters entrepreneurship and innovative thinking in and outside the classroom.
Martin Padilla, Architect
As a Project Architect / Designer, Martin has played many roles and has worked on many types of project, ranging from marketing development to full-scale project management. His passion lies in Higher Education and teaching the next generation of architects and designers. He believes that design opportunities exist in everything we see and it is our challenge as architects to provide a product or environment that makes a lasting impact.
Natalie McGuire, Designer & Digital Strategist
Natalie McGuire has been a Web Designer & Digital Strategist since 2004, taking a design-meets-strategy fueled approach to her work, learning early on in her career that she is only as successful as the results she’s gotten for her clients. She’s worked with hundreds of businesses like Fresh Cup Magazine, Daimler, Hyundai, and Kia, and in 2013 she struck out on her own opening her own business. Since then, she’s worked with the likes of PBS and has even been featured in several podcasts and conferences.