Innovation Challenge judging occurred in two phases. During the first phase, proposals were reviewed by First Round Judges. First Round Judges are active members of our communities; many are external to the university, and are all heavily involved in building strong communities and/or entrepreneurship.

During the second phase, finalists advanced to an elevator pitch competition and pitched their ideas before a panel of Final Round Judges. Meet our 2011-2012 Final Round Judges. Judges were selected based on their experitse in the areas of innovation, creativity, social impact and entrepreneurship.

Eve Bilotas, Vice President of Constituent Development at Valley of the Sun United Way focuses on engaging prospects and donors in the work of United Way through various programs including volunteering and affinity groups, including Generation United, a program for Young Professionals, the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and Leadership Giving. Past responsibilities include overseeing the workforce campaign. Eve's community involvement includes volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and the Desert Botanical Garden. Eve is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXIII and the United Way Worldwide Global Fellows Program. Past community involvement includes Free Arts of Arizona, Valley of the Sun 20/30 and Global Visionaries. Eve graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Communication and certificate in Non-Profit Management (American Humanics).

Howard Cabot is a partner in the international law firm of Perkins Coie.  He specializes in litigation and has extensive trial experience throughout the country in complex and sophisticated business cases, including antitrust, securities, commercial torts, accounting and class actions. Named Best Lawyers' 2012 Phoenix Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year and ranked nationally in Trial by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers," Howard also teaches evidence and trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, Arizona State University and serves as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tem in Maricopa County, Arizona. Howard and his wife Vicki are active members of the ASU President's Club.

Susan Cordts, President & CEO, Adaptive Technologies, Inc., has a background in healthcare outcomes management and applying that knowledge to clinical and   operational practice. She has provided insight and leadership in initiating systems, processes and controls to help organizations stimulate sales productivity, meet market challenges, and exceed revenue projections through quality solutions and proven expertise. Susan has spoken at a number of local and national events and has received numerous awards including being honored as one of the Top 25 Businesswomen of the Year for 2009 and the 2010 Private Sector Athena Award recipient. She is also highly involved in the community with the Finding my Shoes Campaign, Shanghai Mentor Program, Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), Global Mentoring Program and the Human Services Campus. She received her AD in Nursing, a BA in Marketing from Midwestern State University, and a Masters in International Management (MIM) from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management.

James D. Culver, Jr.*, was Senior Vice President, Operational Finance for Allied Waste Industries, Inc. until its merger with Republic Services in December 2009.  He earned his Bachelors of Administration in Accounting from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and his Masters in Business Administration from the Executive MBA program at Arizona State University in 2000.  He joined Allied Waste in 1989 during a period of rapid growth and took on various positions within both the accounting and mergers and acquisitions areas.  He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of All Saints Episcopal Day School, and the Finance Committee of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

Leslie Leggett manages the Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative on Teach For America's National Alumni Affairs team, where she supports alumnilaunching their own social ventures aimed at closing the achievement gap.  Prior to joining Teach For America, Leslie worked for a leadership development consultancy start-up and as a major donor fundraiser at a large children's charity.  Her particular areas of interest within entrepreneurship include education and health-based social ventures. 

David Wetta is the Managing Director of Retail Investment Sales at Faris Lee Investments in the Phoenix office. In nearly three decades in commercial real estate, Mr. Wetta has participated in more than 2,200 investment real estate transactions, totaling more than $6.5 billion. His high-level of expertise, familiarity with the Arizona commercial retail market and commitment to helping investors solve problems and capitalize on opportunities, has made him an invaluable partner. Prior to joining Faris Lee Investments, Mr. Wetta spent 25 years at Marcus and Millichap. Fast track promotions led Mr. Wetta from sales agent to ManagingDirector. The 2010 transition to Faris Lee, the largest brokerage firm in the United States dedicated solely to retail real estate, allowed Mr. Wetta, toprovide more powerful representation to the Arizona market through the company’s collaborative “One Team – One Company” platform. Mr. Wetta earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. David and wife Jackie areactive members of the ASU President's Club.

* returning judge from the 2010-2011 competition