Matthew Burnett is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. Matthew received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. He began his professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel. After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close. In 2010, Burnett decided to start a line of leather goods (The Brooklyn Bakery) using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011 Burnett partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with Burnett on the accessories brand, Menendez suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With Burnett’s background in manufacturing and Menendez’s experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today, Maker’s Row.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at UCSD. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, Menendez joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations. In 2011 Menendez partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations / automation with Matthew’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.
East Meadow, NY
After getting his BFA in Communications Design at Syracuse University in 2004, Scott began his professional career designing websites, digital ads, packaging, displays and promotional materials for Kellogg’s, Kraft, Nickelodeon, Post and New Line Cinema. In 2006 he founded Brandwagon (a branding and web design company) after the demand for his hobby and side work grew. Brandwagon created promotional websites and digital ads for Comedy Central, Sesame Street, tech startups and ad agencies in the tri-state area. In his free time, Scott designed and developed iPhone apps. In 2012, he closed Brandwagon to co-found Maker’s Row with Matthew Burnett and Tanya Menendez, and focus all his efforts on building a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers.
New York, NY
Born and raised in New York City, Rafael began his career at The Daily, the first national news publication with original content on the iPad. He helped build the system that powered the iPad app, along with a Facebook app that allowed for social consumption of news. While at The Daily, he founded and began working on Wish & Tell, a community-driven products index built around things people wanted. He soon realized he needed to get acquainted with e-commerce, so he joined Acadaca where he built e-commerce websites for jewelry and fashion clients. Having been stricken by the entrepreneurial itch and wanting to do something impactful, Rafael joined Maker’s Row to help bring “Made in USA” back. When not cranking out code, Rafael can be found writing on his blog, running, and on a never-ending quest for the best lobster rolls.
Senior Software Engineer
West Haven, CT
While attending RPI, Adam found his passion in computing and has been doing it ever since. He has built a variety of web applications: from social networking to recruiting to dating to publishing to e-commerce and has worked at Community Connect, Inc., the New York Times and Warby Parker. He is excited to be part of the Maker’s Row team and hopes to contribute to its success. When not programming, he likes attending matinee movies, grabbing a drink at the nearest dive bar, eating tacos and playing ping pong — which he claims to be exceptionally good at.
With an eye for creative design and discovery, Lauren has a strong background in digital and print marketing. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising, Lauren began working at the architectural lighting design firm, Fisher Marantz Stone (FMS). As their Marketing Director, she helped cultivate their marketing and advertising platform by revamping their graphic standards, creating promotional materials, and fostering their digital presence. She also collaborated on business development opportunities by targeting potential clients and reinforcing existing client relations. Lauren joined Maker’s Row to engage in a new challenge, creating fresh ideas to drive marketing efforts. In her off time, Lauren enjoys biking around the city, climbing on indoor rocks, and experimenting with her new portable letterpress machine.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, Kaylin moved to New York City to pursue a career in social media marketing. She previously worked as a legislative intern at the Michigan House of Representatives, where she quickly learned that politics was not where she belonged. Shortly after moving to the city, Kaylin began working for Maker’s Row as a marketing intern. In her spare time she enjoys cooking with friends, reading and practicing yoga. Kaylin is also always on the hunt for the best cupcake in NYC.