Ua logo 839b72a5f771689b9b6a21f0e84136aba0a00944a44b6b47dcb1d9c8e4efad6d
CUPID’S CUP
Mobile nav cc 9180c6219b279d2e60879ddf33fdae7112dbe03ecc2c209c1a5bb9f5db55af03
Icon x 6e99e9558b6e668f4d42564ee44c133e9ce9e07445d7468761a5b786db7d401d

DAYMOND JOHN

FUBU clothing company and Shark Branding | CEO and Founder

star of ABC’s “Shark Tank”

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from his $40 budget by growing FUBU into a six billion dollar brand. The Founder of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and Co-star of ABC's Shark Tank, is a celebrated pioneer in the fashion industry, best-selling author, branding guru and highly sought after motivational speaker. John's track record as an award-winning entrepreneur includes receiving over 35 awards including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, and Ernst & Young's New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

His firm, Shark Branding, offers advice on how to effectively communicate to consumers through innovative means and connects brands with the world's top celebrities for everything from endorsements to product extensions. John has two best-selling books Display of Power and The Brand Within and a third book, The Power of Broke released in 2016.

Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith). 

In May 2015, the White House appointed John, Global Ambassador of Entrepreneurship as part of the PAGE Program. His signature initiative will be to work with underserved entrepreneurs and emerging digital influencers to help them build customer bases and brands. John has also been tapped to work with President Obama on his My Brother's Keeper program, which will help create access and opportunity for underserved men of color via mentorship and education.

DAN GILBERT

ROCK VENTURES & QUICKEN LOANS | Chairman and Founder

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS | Majority Owner

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 110 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 25,000 team members.

Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans closed $200 billion in home loan volume across all 50 states, and in 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, earned J.D. Power’s highest rating for client satisfaction among all U.S. mortgage lenders. Quicken Loans is No. 1 on Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” and has been named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for 13 consecutive years.

Dan is also a shareholder in several sports-related consumer and technology businesses, including a leading wall graphics company (Fathead), electronic ticketing company (Flash Seats) and innovative sports equipment helmet maker (Xenith). 

Dan began moving his Family of Companies to Detroit’s central business district in 2010 in an effort to help lead the transformation of a great American city. In January 2010, Dan co-founded Bedrock Real Estate Services, a full-service real estate firm specializing in purchasing, leasing, financing, developing and managing commercial space based in downtown Detroit. Since then, he has invested more than $2.2 billion to purchase and renovate more than 85 commercial properties accounting for more than 14 million square feet in the city’s urban core. Thousands of jobs have been created, and today more than 15,000 Rock Ventures team members work in downtown Detroit.

Dan also founded JACK Entertainment, a developer and owner of unique urban casinos in downtown Cleveland, Cincinnati and Baltimore. In 2013, the company also acquired Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel, which will be renamed as JACK Detroit Casino-Hotel Greektown later this year.

In March 2013, Rock Ventures, in collaboration with the Downtown Detroit Partnership and Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, unveiled and implemented a visionary placemaking and retail plan centered on creating activity and vibrant, distinct destinations to draw people to the region using a multifaceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces.

Dan is a Founder and Principal of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), a venture capital firm that funds startup and early-stage technology companies in Detroit. He is also a Founding Partner of Detroit-based private equity group Rockbridge Growth Equity LLC, which invests in growing businesses in the financial services, Internet technology, consumer-direct marketing and the sports and entertainment industries across the United States.

In September 2013, Dan was named co-chair of the Blight Removal Task Force. The group, appointed by the Obama Administration, published a detailed plan in May 2014 to remove all blighted structures and lots in the city of Detroit. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the M-1 RAIL initiative, which began construction in July 2014. The 6.6-mile light rail system is designed to spur economic development and improve downtown and midtown Detroit’s transportation infrastructure. In 2007, Dan founded Bizdom, a nonprofit entrepreneurial accelerator that trains, mentors and finances business builders in their startup enterprises in Detroit and Cleveland.

Dan serves on the boards of the Cleveland Clinic, the Washington D.C.-based Children’s National Medical Center and the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which is focused on finding a cure for the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE HUFFINGTON POST
AUTHOR OF THE SLEEP REVOLUTION

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to TIME Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her 15th book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, will be published on April 5, 2016.

Cc logo red 5de16e03f129daeb6b72b7e9277666ad32552c4e8e293d3d9f7f91fc77f53ab5 PAST JUDGES PAST JUDGES
Judge plank 8ef76e258562c27d2db0da5a707edf137c3c0adf559c0418870d3aa579230ad0

KEVIN PLANK


Under Armour | CEO & Founder

READ MORE
READ MORE

DAYMOND JOHN


FUBU clothing company and Shark Branding | CEO and Founder

star of ABC’s “Shark Tank”

READ MORE
READ MORE
Judge daymond 6e2eae3d0f4cd26f797f25339902a736f96ad46771078eeb80952d7fafda9f43
Judge gilbert 1cf3a60356000808bade2d77f7927dd7cd3467fdd3c2b68817a2e01a62498b28

DAN GILBERT


ROCK VENTURES & QUICKEN LOANS | Chairman and Founder

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS | Majority Owner


READ MORE
READ MORE

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON


HUFFINGTON POST | Co-Founder

READ MORE
READ MORE
Judge arianna 02e4178a3ab5f5be2ae5cd66660c96674d3cdbb8408bc8590213d0b5ca97aec4
Judge russell 702d2240b8cdfacd024fbb78e3512adb784d267f6a191d8c900c5de4a7b2907b

RUSSELL SIMMONS


Def Jam Recordings | Co-Founder