i-hampton's distinguished panel

Kathleen King


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. Named after her father, Tate’s Bake Shop was voted the Best Bakery in the Hamptons for many years, and is a destination for locals and tourists alike. 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. Riverside sold Tate’s to Mondalez for over 500 million dollars.


Kathleen is involved in her local community, supporting many different causes, including I-Tri and the Peconic Land Trust.


Jay Schneiderman


Jay Schneiderman is the Supervisor or the Town of Southampton, New York’s first English settlement and the largest town on the East End.  In his role as Supervisor, Jay serves as CEO for the town. Jay prepares the Town budget and oversees various departments including police, parks and public works. Jay has a proven reputation for controlling taxes, protecting public safety and addressing community needs. Jay is a leader on environmental issues including preserving open space and reducing pollution. Jay has a strong record of protecting the East End’s small-town way of life and the local economy of farmers, fishermen and small businesses. 


Jay Schneiderman was born in Southampton and has spent most of his life on the South Fork.  Jay holds a BA in Chemistry from Ithaca College and an MA in Education from SUNY and an administrative degree from LIU.  Jay has been involved in resort property management for many years and co-owns the Breakers Motel in Montauk, with his sister, noted jewelry designer Helen Ficalora.


Previous to being Southampton Town Supervisor, Jay Schneiderman was Suffolk County Legislator for the South Fork from 2004 - 2015. Jay also served as the Supervisor of the Town of East Hampton from 2000 to 2004. Jay is the only known person in New York State’s history to have been elected Supervisor of two different towns.  Jay has received numerous awards for his public service including his work on public transportation and housing.


Barbara Roberts


As Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia Business School and Hofstra University, Barbara has taught entrepreneurship and innovation for over ten years and has helped hundred’s of entrepreneurs launch their companies. She also has served as a judge for numerous start up competitions and is a well-known speaker and writer about all stages of entrepreneurship, family businesses and the economic progress of women. Previously, an economist by training, Barbara held senior positions on Wall Street and was the first woman to serve on Dean Witter’s board of directors. She then built the stock photography company, FPG International, now part of Getty Images and the museum audio tour company, Acoustiguide. She has also served as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Business and Agricultural Advisory Committee and as a member of NY Angels and Suffolk County Planning Commission. Barbara is a founding member and advisor to The Spur and an active angel investor. She is the author of three whitepapers about entrepreneurs:  Life after an Exit, The Owner’s Journey and Women’s Entrepreneurial Journeys. 


Brian Halweil

Brian Halweil is Portfolio Manager at Almanac Ventures where his work focuses on the technology moving into the food chain. Prior to working at Almanac, Brian sourced and researched food and agriculture deals for TPG's Rise Fund. He is the founding editor and co-owner of several Edible publications in New York City, on Long Island and in Memphis. His writing has focused on organic farming, biotechnology, hunger, and rural communities. He is the author of Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, and he lives in Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his family keep a home garden and raise oysters.