Kristy Caylor is an entrepreneur, fashion visionary, and humanitarian. She brings both fashion and business acumen to her newest endeavor, CERCI. Previously, Kristy founded Maiyet, a pioneering luxury brand that seamlessly integrated world class design with a transformative social philosophy. As president and creative director, Caylor presented Maiyet seasonally on the Paris runway, opened a store in New York’s Soho neighborhood, and sold to Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks. Deeply committed to sustainability, Caylor was an early innovator with Gap’s Product (RED) and has served on the leadership committee for Cradle to Cradle’s Fashion +. She is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, where she is on the Lexus Fashion Initiative advisory board. She was honored by the Voss Foundation as the 2014 Woman Helping Women Honoree and regularly participates with the UN Foundation. In 2016 Caylor was appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Consumerism. Caylor has been profiled and featured in leading publications, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Vogue, W and Elle. She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Fine Arts Painting from Northwestern University.
Mary Saunders is a fashion industry veteran who is passionate about leading cross-functional teams within design-driven organizations to achieve business results. Most recently, Mary was the COO for the innovative luxury fashion brand, Maiyet where she led the opening of Maiyet’s first store, production, planning, distribution, finance, HR, and investor and board relations. She spent her early career at Gap, Inc, where she excelled in the highly competitive Retail Management Program for recent college graduates. Subsequently, she was a merchandiser in the women’s division at both Gap and Gap Outlet. Mary cares deeply about equipping emerging designers with necessary skills for success and has been a dedicated mentor through the Design Entrepreneurs of NYC: a business plan competition for emerging fashion designers sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Fashion Institute of Technology. For the past two years, Mary’s mentees (Haus Alkire and Haerfest) were both winners of the competition. Mary holds an MBA with second year honors from Harvard Business School and an MA in Sociology and BA in Economics from Stanford University.
As a commercial advertising photographer and now as a CTO, Brian Jones has been breaking down ideas into their component parts: surfacing critical assumptions, and identifying the constraints and opportunities for a given approach. As the CTO of Sympler, Lead Design Technologist at Method, and Lead of Engineering R&D at Control Group, Brian has focused on developing physical and software experiences for a wide variety of clients: high-end real estate sales offices, restaurants, financial firms, and early stage startups, among others. In all circumstances he has made the human to human interactions the priority, not the technology. Brian holds a BFA in Photography from Howard University and an MPS from the esteemed Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where he is also an adjunct professor.