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Jonathan Butler is a Brooklyn-based entrepreneur. He is the founder of the real estate blog Brownstoner.com, which sold in March 2015, as well as the co-founder of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg markets. In 2012, Jonathan bought the former Studebaker Service Station in Crown Heights with BFC Partners and Goldman Sachs and converted it into office and studio space; the building is anchored on the ground floor by a 9,000-square-foot beer hall called Berg’n that includes a permanent food court of Smorgasburg food vendors. Jonathan received his BA from Princeton University in 1992 and an MBA from NYU in 1998. He is a member of the board of the Center for an Urban Future and the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project LDC. Jonathan resides with his wife and two children in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

Eric Demby oversees the markets’ brand, daily operations, and curating of vendors as they have grown to become New York City’s largest public market. He served as Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s communications director and speechwriter from 2003 to 2007, and worked as a journalist covering art, music, architecture, and politics from 1995 to 2007. He serves on the board of the Blue Marble Dreams project, which helps create women-owned and -operated ice-cream parlors in Rwanda and Haiti, and on the Culinary Council of Food Bank for New York City. He received a BA from Eugene Lang College at the New School in 1995 and lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.