Friday Founder Night Speakers

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Luke Saunders, Founder & CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

As Founder and CEO, Luke guides the company’s vision and provides strategic direction for the executive team and business as a whole.  An entrepreneur at heart, Luke started Farmer’s Fridge while working as a travelling salesman after struggling to find fresh, healthy, and accessible food options on the road.  Since 2013, the rapidly expanding business has grown to more than 350 Fridge locations across multiple regions of the country, serving chef-curated, restaurant-quality meals.

Based on the pioneering approach, the company has been featured in The Atlantic, Entrepreneur, Fast Company Inc., Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Health and O! Magazine.  As a leader on the rise, Luke was honored as a Forbes “30 under 30” in 2016, a Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” in 2018 and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2019. Luke holds an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Scott Sklar, Founder of TravelSmith

Scott Sklar has spent most of his career in direct marketing, internet, catalog, and retail businesses. His experience has been as an entrepreneur, executive, investor, consultant and board member. He is the co-founder of TravelSmith Outfitters and he guided the company as co-president, and then president from its founding in 1993 through 2005. He also was involved with Cornerstone Brands, from its inception in 1993 and its early investment in TravelSmith through the sale of Cornerstone to Interactive Corporation (IAC) in 2005.

Prior to co-founding TravelSmith, Scott’s professional experience included responsibilities as the Vice President of Merchandising at Smith and Hawken, (1991-92) and as a senior merchant at L.L. Bean (1986-90).

He currently focuses on both private equity and early stage investing and advising. He has served on numerous corporate boards and is currently on the boards of Mondetta, Benja, and Bluffworks. He invests in direct and ecommerce companies including: Pinterest, Dagne Dover, Stio, Benja, Bluffworks, St. Franks, and XRC Labs. He was a recipient of an Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 1998. Scott is also the owner of Marin Climbing and is opening a rock-climbing gym in San Rafael, CA in 2020.

Scott’s undergraduate degree is from Cornell University (BA 1980) and he has a master’s degree in management from Yale University (MPPM 1986). He is co-chair of the Cornell Outdoor Education advisory board.