Meet Our Innovators Think Tank Advisory Board
Our advisory board is a prestigious group of movers and shakers in the retail and live shopping arena. They are willing to avail themselves by assisting in positioning and taking your product or service to the next level by offering creative ideas that are known to work, strategies that yield results, and exchange business ideas that will make the product more competitive in the market. From sourcing, product packaging and suggesting price points to steering a service in the right direction for results, the Advisory Board inspires, motivates and launches participants and their products toward success.
Advisory Board Members - Expert Panelists
An original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, promoter of Brand Response TV and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization—Kevin Harrington has pushed past all the questions and excuses to repeatedly enjoy 100X success and has been responsible for launching some of the most successful TV campaigns in the business. His legendary work behind-the-scenes of business ventures has produced well over $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making dozens of millionaires. Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue.
Korie Minkus, is an International Speaker and a world leading authority in physical product-based business. As a Fortune 500 thought-action executive, who launched hundreds of consumer goods and worked with brands generating billions of dollars in retail revenues, Korie is a sought-after strategic brand consultant and consumer psychology expert, for companies globally. Korie’s strategic partnerships have spanned the top 10 worldwide retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores, Costco Wholesale Corp., Kroger Company, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Amazon, among hundreds of others. With impact and conscious leadership at the forefront of her mission, Korie has conducted international business delivery in 27 countries and 4 continents, including Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.
For over two decades, Kelly Coughlin has worked as a publicist and strategist in the retail, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare industries. Her experience includes building national advertising and public relations/media platforms and campaigns, and high-profile individual management, including entertainers, athletes, physicians, Fortune 500 executives, sports organizations, national brands, and retail service providers. From 2007 to 2016, Coughlin worked as a partner in Tom Coughlin & Associates, a retail consultancy provider of business-to-business services between retail, consumer products goods, healthcare, and industry service providers. Ms. Coughlin was nominated as a 2016 “Up and Comer” under 40 in by South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Boston College. In 2017, Coughlin co-founded Kismet Consumer Product Group and currently serves as President.
Brian is a born entrepreneur and credits his Dad and a great education at Penn State for his business acumen. He has extensive experience in the Electronic Retailing marketing industry, and has launched dozens of products reaching sales of nearly $100 million. He’s managed over 1,000 vendors, thousands of products, millions of customers, content production and marketing teams, throughout his successful career. He’s now focused on new digital media and how well it plays with DRTV marketing strategies.
Matt Corl is the Vice President of Business Development of BOXOUT, a national provider of products and services to the health and wellness and omni-channels markets. In his role, Matt leads the development of strategic partnerships with manufacturers and product developers. Creating customized solutions for partners has allowed for optimal success in sales, marketing and operational efficiencies. Matt is an experienced professional in the health and wellness markets with more than 11 years of experience in the industry. Matt holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Toledo.
Brad is the CEO of Product Labs, one of the top Amazon Management Consulting companies in the world. His business experience has won him 3 entrepreneurship awards, including #1 Global Graduate Student Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and 1st place in Utah’s Student 25 in 2012. He spent over 2 years at Amazon as a Business Leader, managing the 3rd Party Seller Platform, which is used in 10 countries by over 2M merchants to serve more than 200M customers purchasing more than $60B (at the time of management). During his time at Amazon he also created the "Amazon Seller" Mobile App for 3rd Party Sellers, which went on to do BIG business for Amazon. Brad has his MBA from Brigham Young University.
Locker Innovations has a worldwide reputation as a trusted partner to inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners. For more than two decades, this forward-thinking, visionary firm has developed and facilitated customized solutions for partners to allow for optimal success. Mike Locker has fulfilled a pivotal role serving as a value-added asset for inventors, innovators, and established companies. In the past 10 years, Mike has been key to generating over 80 million dollars in sales revenue through a retail distribution partnership with Walmart. He has been essential to the development of a now active multi-million-dollar Amazon sales channel that currently serves ten countries with more to come. Mike has effectively leveraged his extensive experience in all aspects of the entrepreneurial world from guiding the development of strategic partnerships with manufacturers and product developers to consulting.
Steve Mandell is the owner of Gameplan Entertainment. Gameplan developed games for the NFL, MLB, CNN, Caesars Palace, and others. The games had nationwide distribution in Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, Sears and other retailers nationwide and had received national recognition. As an entertainment attorney, entrepreneur and sports and entertainment marketing expert, Steve has negotiated more than 1,000 international and national agreements in media, licensing and brand development, estimating deals in excess of over One Hundred Million dollars. As an expert in licensing and brand and product development, Steve speaks at various entrepreneur conferences and pitch and investor events that have also included major entertainment and sports celebrities. He also works with major brands in product development for retail distribution and direct consumer branded programs with major corporate endorsement and sponsorships.