Soyini Coke, Founder and Managing Principal of Annona Enterprises
Stephen Key, author of One Simple Idea and his partner Andrew Krauss
February 2014 Prototyping: Member Panel
Ted Heske Heske Consulting 770-329-2586 http://www.heskeinc.com
Albert Cousins Carbonage Systems 678-383-0136
Mac Quillian Mac Qullian Consulting / Prototypes & Drawings
January 2014 3 D Prototyping
Barry Smith 3 D Partz
678 407 0277 www.3dpartz.com
Deanna Baxam The Baxam Law Group
Known as the Innovation Lawyer, her comments will focus on Copyrights / Trademarks / Social Media Considerations
Sharon Mathis Insurance Associates of Atlanta
Focus on Product Liability Considerations for Your Product
Alan W. Urech, Managing Partner: From Fruit Stand to Factory
704 Macy Drive Roswell, GA 30076
Our Inventor Panel: from the Start to the "In the Market" spectrum
Shervin Ahmady: EZ Water Saving
Lynn Farmer: the Go Plate
Danielle Swaby: Gymtastic
Johnnie Lyles: the Johnnie Box
Vendor Member Panel: Check out our Vendors Listing on our home page.
Ken D’Anastasio Maximum Resources
Jason Moss, Founder of the Networking MFG.com
Jason founded a business to business networking group to encourage the growth of local business "NetworkingMFG.com". This group has been meeting monthly since 2008 to promote local business growth through direct networking.
Jason is now focused on helping manufacturing companies sell more products by educating consumers about the power they have with every purchase. The Georgia Manufacturing Expo was a project where Jason and his team helped make the connection for the average consumers with local manufacturing companies and products they make. Local job growth will happen to keep up with increased demand.
Larry White, Founder of The Ritz Group / Capital Expo
Honoring two of our longest membership inventors, Carlys Crumbie and H. "Jan" Janicek, we have insight into their experiences and success as patent holding inventors.
Sheryl Heyl: ConceptHubInc.com
In 2005 Sherry became very passionate about social media. Specifically about how an individual can connect with an online world of opportunities.
Since then she has run Concept Hub, Inc, an agency focused on helping organizations integrate social media into business processes. Sherry has also served as community manager for 2 local start-ups, FiPath and Nearbythis.com. Sherry is the co-founder of SoCon, an annual social media conference at KSU, was the founder and chair of the TAG Enterprise 2.0 society and the Founder of The Change Challenge a social media competition benefitting nonprofits. Sherry also coaches Entrepreneurs, Artists, and people in transition to focus on personal goals, overcome obstacles, manage change, build business plans, and identify multiple revenue models.
Organization: Concept Hub, Inc
Twitter: @sherryheyl and @concepthub
Robert Thiele: DeKalb Small Business Development Center
The focus will be on the expertise of our vendor members highlighting the challenges of prototyping and building successful working relationships.
Dave Savage, past president and IAG Ambassador, moderated a panel of three inventors: Diana Dietz, www.Diana's Designs.com with several patents to her credit, Tim Wilcox / www.Wolfsnout.com is a dirt bike enthusiast who saw a need to avoid eating dust while wearing goggles, and Helen Gerolemou has a flex light that attaches to eye glasses. It's used by hobbyists and technicians. See it at www.theeyeglasslight.com
Ann is an expert and veteran in the tradeshow services business.
• How to find tradeshows to attend
Eben Miller an expert in e-commerce, who has made millions of dollars for himself and others joined us in a Skyped conversation to share his online marketing savvy. After a successful corporate career as an project engineer (geo technical therefore his love of soils) and being a professional speaker, he then became a Principal Partner of the world’s premier cigar provider and has a passion of introducing the mystique, health and power of Cigar Tobacco to everyone.
Carolyn Keane, award-winning inventor of PaintSmart-Trayz found a better way to handle the challenge of being on a ladder with brush in one hand and roller in the other. An active member of the Inventors Society of South Florida, she will be sharing her experiences of bringing her invention to market in 2008 and her participation in trade shows. You can check out her video at www.PaintSmart-Trayz.com.
Shane Matthews, owner of My Inventor Club, will share insights and options for inventors. With over 20 + years experience and more than a dozen patents to his credit, he has been involved in creating and launching new ideas. He has also been involved in setting up manufacturing processes His company, My Inventor Club, has a fully equipped shop offering both the industrial tools needed and the knowledge to guide customers in their inventor journey. For more details, go to www.myinventorclub.com
Ryan Sauers will be sharing insights from his recently published book: Everyone is in Sales. With over 20 years in corporate leadership, Sauers launched Sauers Consulting Strategies with a focus on "creating meaningful change and solutions". A university professor who writes columns for two publications and contributes feature articles on such topics as sales, marketing. communications. and leadership. Sauers is a national speaker and is currently working on his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. To learn more about his innovative approaches to communications, visit www.sauersconsulting.com. His book: iwww.everyoneisinsales.com. FACEBOOK: facebook.com/sauerconsulting TWITTER: @ryansauers
Eddie Ausband, accomplished entrepreneur and owner of several enterprises, was honored as the Henry County 2011 Business of the Year for his insurance firm, The Ausband Agency. Mr. Ausband will share his expertise in covering the insurance issues that every business owner must face including the product liability concerns inventors must confront.
Nancy Tedeschi, inventor of the Snapit eyeglass repair kit, is coming from her home in Florida for the express purpose of sharing her journey. From concept to award winning product, Nancy will tell us how her mother's problem one day led to her invention. Nancy's Snapit product has reach the top 10 in the Walmart "Get on the Shelf" contest. To learn more, visit www.snapitscrew.com
Mark Treager has been in sales and marketing for over 35 years and has been actively involved in the Internet since 1993. Mark, and his company, CS Media Group, have done a variety of projects ranging from 5-page websites, Internet Television, to doing classified work for the US Army. Using product websites / product launches, Mark will show you how to stage your business for success online.
Coming to us via Skype, Don is one of the top advisors and information providers in the US for independent product developers. With over 20 years experience, Don's company prepares inventors to enter the market and represents them with distributors and licensing companies. From one hour of consulting through email to a full fledge business plan designed to raise money, Don's services are geared to fit your needs from product evaluation to full manufacturing.
Wayne Utz Principal ~ Dimensional Three Design
Mr. Utz will serve as the anchor on a panel of inventors to discuss their successes in bringing concepts from the "napkin sketch to production". With more than 15 years experience in product engineering and manufacturing, Mr. Utz is an innovative product developer and active member of PDMA.
December: Eric J. Romero, PhD
Create a competitive advantage using unconventional thinking based on innovation, flexibility, and risk taking. As a business professor, Romero has published over 20 articles in the field of management and has engaged audiences around the world. His insights into effective leadership will help you inspire others to help you turn your vision into reality.
November: Patent Classification and Patent Search Strategy
Lisha Li is the Patents Coordinator, Patent Trademark Resource Center Representative, and Subject Librarian for Civil & Environmental Engineering at the
Library and Information Center of Georgia Institute of Technology
Ms. Li will share her expertise in patent search strategies.
As part native American, Dave finds a mission and his purpose in encouraging and offering leadership in monetizing ideas and businesses to the NA communities around the country. He is connected to USPTO leadership in his efforts to bring resources and to write legislation to help the cause. His company is on the leading edge in developing wireless self-organizing technologies for smart cloud applications with the goal of stimulating new products and service distribution channels.
Steve Green infomercial production and packaging design www.webgreen.com Learn valuable insights into designing your packaging and the use of infomercials as a marketing tool.
Ms. Jeffri Epps
Brian Fried, Inventor and host of a weekly web radio program, sponsored by Inventors Digest Magazine. Learn more and listen on
Kenny Durham, Innovators Warehouse
Want to commercialize your idea? Our speaker will have a Skype seminar to cover five common-sense first steps.
Henry Wiechusen, Inventor and Packaging expert, Lessons Learned
Dr. Amy Baxter Journey story buzzy4shots.com
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The Congress Hotel
formerly Ramada Inn
5885 Oakbrook Parkway
10:00 am Networking
10:30 am General Meeting
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Gordon Biersch - Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Road Atlanta
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