Caylin Sanders – Founder & CEO
Caylin Sanders, along with her late mother Paula Sanders, launched EscapeMaker.com in early 2000 based on their mutual love of spontaneous road trips. Sanders received a small business award from S.C.O.R.E for her contributions to the tourism industry, and also from the New York State Tourism & Hospitality Association for her work as a board member. In addition, she has spoken about best e-marketing practices, packaging and destination promotion to various tourism and lodging associations throughout the Northeast, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In 2010, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NY) awarded Sanders as producer and EscapeMaker with an Emmy Award for its spring webisode in a four-part series focusing on the Agritourism of New York State. Between 2011-2015 Sanders hosted the first ever EscapeMaker Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expos in Brooklyn and in 2016, she opened the first ever agritourism pop-up shop dedicated to farm escapes, winery weekends and craft beverage trails. The shop currently resides inside the Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport and is open 7 days a week and holds special local tasting events throughout the year. Sanders is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey with a major in theatre and art. She is now a proud Brooklynite.
Kash Barkeley – Agritourism Promotions Manager
Kash Barkeley joined EscapeMaker.com in the spring of 2016. In her role as Agritourism Promotions Manager, Kash is dedicated to exploring, curating and sharing ideas and inspiration about agritourism adventures within a day’s drive or train ride from NYC. Whether through event planning, website management, social media execution or content creation, Kash works to provide a wide variety of information to all of the EscapeMakers out there. Kash is a passionate and strategic communications professional. Prior to joining EscapeMaker.com, she spent 3+ years at B2B PR firm Powell Communications, where she developed and executed strategic public relations programs on behalf of marketers, advertising agencies and technology clients. Kash was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Bob Lewis – Ag Projects Advisor
Bob Lewis serves as advisor and liaison on EscapeMaker agriculture-related projects. Bob was one of the original co-founders of Greenmarket in New York City 40 years ago, and remains active in the GrowNYC Greenmarket community. Bob brings his expertise in the grower’s and producer’s experience and food and beverage policy issues. Many New York State farmers, winemakers, craft brewers and distillers benefit from revenue-generating policies he instituted during his 30-year tenure at the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets as Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Market Development. In addition to consulting for EscapeMaker, Lewis serves as an advisor to the Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport. The Fulton Stall Market is a marketplace connecting farmers and producers with the growing community and residents of Lower Manhattan severely impacted by September 11th and is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. In the historic district, circa the 1700’s, a year-round indoor public market featuring local products, a CSA and educational programming celebrating the Seaport’s vibrant market history are currently in development. In addition, Bob helps in the promotion of EscapeMaker’s Agritourism Pop Up Shop and with the coordination of EscapeMaker’s tasting events in conjunction with Fulton Stall Market’s Sunday farmers’ market. Bob majored in geology at Antioch College in Ohio and was born and bred in Brooklyn.