Meet the Judges

Brent Bellm

CEO, BigCommerce

A retail and ecommerce veteran of 20 years, Brent has served in a variety of executive leadership positions, successfully growing industry leading companies including Home Away and PayPal.

Anita Campbell

CEO, Small Business Trends LLC

Anita Campbell is the CEO of Small Business Trends LLC, a media and information company that she bootstrapped over the past decade. In that role, she closely follows trends in the small business market and trends in technology. Widely regarded as an authoritative voice on small business issues, Anita publishes several successful online media properties reaching more than 2 million small business owners each month. She also shares her voice on various small business sites across the Web and is an invited contributor at the SBA.gov blogs. Before starting her entrepreneurial journey, she held various executive positions in the corporate world. She was a senior executive with Bell & Howell Company, including serving as CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell. Today her focus is on growing her online publications and communities, including the social sharing site BizSugar.com, and supporting the mission of "Small business success, delivered daily."

John Henry

Venture Capitalist

John Henry is a Dominican-American serial entrepreneur and investor. He started his first company at 18, where he grew the business and lead it through an acquisition just two years later. He is now a Managing Partner at Harlem Capital Partners, an early-stage investment firm focused on finding the next generation of great diverse entrepreneurs.

Hal Lawton

SVP, eBay North America

Hal Lawton is Head of North American and Global Customer Experience for eBay. Prior to Joining eBay in 2015, Hal worked at Home Depot, where he served as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Merchandising since 2013. Lawton has held a number of leadership positions at Home Depot including SVP & President of the online business, Vice President of Merchandising Finance and Director of Corporate Strategy. Prior to that, Lawton was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co.

Laurie Wong

Owner, Reflections of Trinity; 2016 Small Business of the Year

Laurie Wong didn't start her community resource center and food pantry, Reflections of Trinity, as an eBay business. But with a friend's help and a willingness to try something new, Laurie began what she calls her online adventure in 2005. It's a decision, she says, that changed the trajectory of her business. With the ability to sell locally, nationally, and internationally on eBay, Laurie reports that Reflections of Trinity's revenue has increased between $60,000 and $85,000 for each of the past five years. In 2015 alone, Reflections of Trinity distributed 12,429 boxes of groceries (622,965 lbs. of food!) to those in need. Along the way, Laurie says she's gone from skeptical and uninformed about eBay to a power seller with an Anchor-level eBay Store and staff of three.