About Us

Meet the ThornCrest Team

ThornCrest is a brand expansion, brand protection, and brand enforcement company working in partnership with premier brands globally. With a unique and personalized combination of business and legal solutions, ThornCrest assists brands to carefully expand into new retail channels and global markets.

Susan Schedel

Susan Schedel

Co-founder/Managing Director

Susan combines a sophisticated understanding of the global marketplace with a proven track record of leading customers to exponential sales growth. Her experience ranges from start-ups to billion dollar companies. She is a decisive leader and mentor focused on brand development; go to market execution; and bottom line profit enhancements. Susan lives life to its fullest, enjoying time with her family, yoga, golf and international travels.

Kathleen Walker

Kathleen Walker

Co-founder/Managing Director

Kathleen is a dynamic leader in Intellectual Property Rights acquisition and enforcement. She has over 20 years of legal experience including practice at the top rated litigation firm in the country and as General Counsel to an award-winning consumer electronics company. Kathleen’s passion is brand protection. She takes aim at counterfeiters and pirates and uses her clients’ IP portfolio to prosecute counterfeit sellers, cleanse the marketplace and restore brand integrity.  When Kathleen isn’t protecting brands, she can be found on the golf course or planning her next trip.

Koren Lilburn

Koren Lilburn

VP of Sales

Koren Lilburn loves early stage business development. At Qualcomm when a new business unit would emerge,  Koren was intentionally and energetically there to lead customer-interfacing roles including contract negotiation & closing, business development, sales, product & project management and directing operations. She’s right at home as a business instigator responsible for expanding revenue for exciting, emerging, global brands. When Koren’s not leveraging her 20+ years high-tech leadership with partners you can find her spending time with her family sailing, leading treks with Boy Scout Troop 500, or mentoring her son’s competitive robotics team.

Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan

Business Development Director

Patrick is a highly motivated business development professional who has worked successfully with and for everything from Fortune 500 companies to apartment based bootstrapped start-ups. He is always focused on client satisfaction and he has a strong foundation in account management, process improvement and financial analysis. As an admitted “gadget geek” he is always searching out new CE products that can enhance daily life. In his free time Patrick loves to play competitive beach volleyball.