i-hampton's distinguished panel
David Bohnett is a philanthropist, technology entrepreneur and founder of Baroda Ventures a technology venture capital firm. In 1994, he founded Geocities, a media company that was once ranked one of the four most trafficked sites on the Web. Geocities became publicly traded on NASDAQ and was acquired by Yahoo! David's many awards and distinctions include Los Angeles Business Journal's Technology Leader of the Year, Time Digital's Top 50 Cyber Elite, and Entrepreneur of the Year for Southern California. David is a substantial investor in blockchain applications including digital currencies and social networks.
He is currently serving as Chairman of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Chairman of the David Bohnett Foundation, Vice Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the University of Southern California (USC). He started his career with Accenture in Los Angeles. He earned an M.B.A in Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Jeff Brodlieb is a Partner at Centripetal Capital Partners, Inc. , an early stage and growth capital investment group that makes $1-3 million investments,primarily in health and wellness, impact and market reimagination. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Strategic Transactions at GE Capital. Mr. Brodlieb also worked as a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group and Michael Allen Company. Mr. Brodlieb also launched Time Inc.'s first subscription television company. He serves as a Director of Juniper Content Corporation, Choice Pet Venture LLC, APjeT Venture LLC, Cytogel Venture LLC, and eTelemetry, Inc. Mr. Brodlieb has over 30 years of experience in developing, implementing, and financing growth and turnaround strategies for Fortune 100's and small and medium sized enterprises. He has hands-on management and start-up experience. Mr. Brodlieb holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Brown University.
Kathleen King, is the founder of the wildly popular and now legendary Tate's Bake Shop. She began baking when she was just eleven years old, selling small batches of her crisp, buttery chocolate chip cookies off of a fold-out card table on North Sea Farm, her parent's Long Island farmstead.
In 1980 at the age of 21, Kathleen opened her first bakeshop and developed a full line of traditional American baked goods, perfecting every recipe herself and baking each dessert from scratch. Named after her father, Tate's Bake Shop is the result of Kathleen's love of baking and keen eye for quality.
Voted the Best Bakery in the Hamptons for many years, Tate's Bake Shop is a destination for locals and tourists alike. Her award-winning baked goods are now distributed and sold in over 25,000 retailers nationwide. Tate’s chocolate chip cookie was rated the #1 cookie in America, by Consumer Reports magazine, completing Kathleen’s dream. In 2014, Kathleen sold Tate's Bake Shop to The Riverside Company, a private equity firm.
Bion Bartning, is an investor and entrepreneur, with a background in consumer products and technology.
In 2002, Bion joined American Express, where he conceived of and launched the new American Express Consumer Travel business in partnership with Travelocity. The service quickly grew to over $2 billion in sales, and the experience gave Bion a taste for launching new ventures.
In 2007, Bion co-founded eos Products, a beauty brand best known for its unique egg-shaped lip balm. As COO and operating partner for the new venture, Bion wrote the eos business plan and led a team of employees, co-packers, and consultants in the launch of the eos brand and initial product line. Bion was responsible for development, manufacturing, and ultimately bringing eos products to market in retail outlets that included Target in the U.S. and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.
Since 2009, Bion has invested in several other ventures, including a local food business, as well as real estate in NYC and the Hamptons. Most recently, Bion has been focused on developing a new unisex beauty brand to be launched in 2019.
Bion holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Occidental College.