Made In America Inventors Showcase

Inventors are invited to present their ideas and innovations at the largest-ever showcase of American-made products and machines in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019. Sponsored by The United Inventors Association of America.

“It is our sincere pleasure to be invited to participate in the inaugural Made in America Show in Indianapolis this fall,” said Warren Tuttle, President of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors. “The UIA is the leading US 501c3 non-profit dedicated to inventor education and advocacy. Most independent inventors are very passionate about manufacturing their products in the U.S.A., and to gather companies and individuals together in one location that promotes such passion is historic. Independent inventors and entrepreneurs, who make up the bulk of American small business start-ups, also believe in strong U.S. patent rights, which date back to the very foundation of our country in the late 1700s. Made in America and strong patents go hand-in-hand.”

The Pitch Panel will be comprised of the following experts:

Warren Tuttle
United Inventors Association (UIA) Board President
Open Innovation Director

For those familiar with the television direct response mega-hit Smart Spin, Warren Tuttle was the person behind the scenes that helped orchestrate its overnight success. Teaming with a Boston based inventor, Tuttle selected an explosive path to market. With over 10 million units sold, SmartSpin was one of the most successful DRTV launches in housewares history.

Warren also teamed to initiate the market launch of several other innovative kitchen products including MISTO, Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer, and The Toss and Turn Pan, one of the best-selling cookware frypans in the US in 2005. Warren has also helped numerous housewares product patent holders obtain licensing agreements with major U.S. manufacturers.

Currently, Warren focuses on external product development for three US companies; Lifetime Brands of Garden City, New York (the world’s largest manufacturer of kitchen utensils and a major supplier of food prep and tabletop products to America’s major retailers), Techtronics Industries, NA (the largest manufacturer of power tools in the US) and Merchant Media a market leader in Direct Response Television. Lifetime Brands manufactures and markets over 18,000 products under multiple brand names including Farberware, Kitchen Aid, Cuisinart, Pedrini, Mikasa, Towle and Pfaltzgraff; introducing over 4,000 new products each year. There is great enthusiasm looking outside the company for innovation, particularly patented new products. In the past four years, Warren has initiated over 50 new product licensing agreements with Lifetime Brands, including The Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen and Food Huggers. Techtronics Industries, NA manufactures and markets power tools under the well-known brand names Ryobi, Ridgid and Milwaukee. Warren has been working as an outside contractor with TTI for the past two years and has launched a half-dozen. Merchant Medias has had many mega TV product hits including True Touch and Smart Spin.

Warren serves as the President of the United Inventors Association, a national non-profit dedicated to educating inventors, patent holders and product developers. He speaks regularly around the country on licensing and open innovation.

Scott Hynd, Partner
Brand Innovations
Board Member of the United Inventors Association

Scott is a Partner in Brand Innovations (BI), a Philadelphia-based marketing firm that specializes in live television shopping and product promotion.  Scott appears on-air regularly as a product expert both on QVC and in infomercials.  Over the past decade, he has presented over 250 different products on national television, totaling thousands of appearances and close to half of a billion dollars in sales.  In October of 2014, Scott set the all-time QVC record for single units sold in one day by selling over 570,000 of the FrostGuard Today’s Special Value.  In February 2016 he was nominated for the Q Star Award for Guest Excellence, the highest honor an on-air personality can receive.

Additionally, he has served as a spokesperson for numerous products and events in all forms of media, both nationally and internationally, and has served as a speaker, panelist, and judge at national trade shows, inventor workshops, and University conferences across the country.  Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Inventors Association of America in Washington, D.C., a non-profit industry watchdog that oversees and helps regulate the invention process.

Prior to BI, he held executive positions with a venture capital firm that specialized in emerging product technology, as well as a consumer electronics company, and was formerly an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia.  Scott is a graduate of both Clemson University and the Villanova University School of Law and lives in Suburban Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

Tom Gray
CEO and senior strategist for Make48 and Handy Camel

Tom is responsible for the overall vision of Make48’s national and international growth and oversees major brand partnerships. He also serves as creative director for Make48 TV, the series which will be launched on PBS Television in the Spring of 2017.

Handy Camel licenses inventions and manufactures products in the USA and UK and supplies major retailers worldwide. The company has won numerous trade show awards, including the “Best New Garden Accessory” award in England and 3rd in New Product Showcase at the National Hardware Show in Vegas. Their products include The Handy Camel Bag Clip, the Renegade Broom, the Garden Thorn irrigation device and the Big Strap Wrap cargo strapping organizer.

Kedma Ough

As part of her role as the Innovation Director for the Small Business Development Center in Mt Hood Oregon, she lead three statewide initiatives: the Oregon SBDC Cybersecurity Program, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and the Statewide Inventor Program. Under this directive she supported the Inventors Resource Program, which included SBIR/STTR Federal Innovation Grants and working with inventors from ideation to commercialization. She has supported inventors from product licensing through building product development firms. The Huffington Post recognized Ough for fueling Innovation and Inc. Ough is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. Her past awards have included the SBA’s Women Champion of the Year, Small Business State Champion Award, and the National Small Business Influencer Leadership. As an avid inventor Ouch is currently working on a food product concept with her three young sons. In 2019, Ough will have her book published “Target Funding” in collaboration with McGraw Hill. The book will focus on finding resources and funding for inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is a proud fifth generation entrepreneur; her great-great grandfather peddled various products throughout Ireland.

Sandy Cleary
Founder & CEO of SLC Group Holdings
Award-Winning Entrepreneur

Sandy began her career in the aerospace industry. After the sudden passing of her brother, she left the corporate world and followed her passion for cruising by starting a cruise company in her mother’s basement. From that humble beginning, Sandy grew CruCon Cruise Outlet into one of the largest sellers of cruises in North America with more than $135 million in annual cruise volume, ultimately selling the company to Travel Leaders Group, a $24 billion dollar travel powerhouse. In 2017, Sandy founded SLC Group Holdings to assist entrepreneurs in need of capital and product development. She then partnered with HSN as a featured speaker and pitch panelist at HSN’s American Dreams Academy. As an angel investor, she has invested in several of the American Dreams Academy entrepreneurs and has won multiple business achievement awards.

SLC Group Holdings seeks to partner with passionate business owners and Entrepreneurs that need an investment to grow their company, help them bring their products to market and help to propel them faster on the road to success. SLC offers full complimentary services to its Entrepreneurs which include project management, marketing services, retail direction, strategic planning, purchase order funding, mentoring, sales strategy direction, manufacturing costs assessments and more.

Dara Trujillo

Dara has more than 28 years of retail, theme park (Walt Disney) and TV shopping experience creating worldwide concepts and products. While at Disney, she created products and experiences that are still enjoyed today by Guests. They include the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Goofy’s Candy Company, expanding the Pin Trading experience and creating Duffy the Disney Bear. Most recently Dara was VP of Merchandise Business Development for HSN where she created and managed the American Dreams Program and Entrepreneur Academy helping entrepreneurs realize their TV retail dreams. Currently, Dara is the CMO for SLC Group Holdings where her top priority is finding amazing entrepreneurs and taking them from startup to stardom!

The United Inventors Association of America has been helping inventors through education, access and advocacy since its inception in 1990. Inventors can access the UIA list of online reading and video materials to guide them through the invention process. The UIA trade show programs and educational seminars grant inventors access to a network of companies seeking new products or can offer services to advance the inventors process. 

For more information on the United Inventors Association visit the website at http://www.uiausa.org.

“The Made in America Spotlight Pavilion will feature many new products, a series of educational speakers and this exclusive pitch panel organized by UIA. We look forward to a great turn out,” said MadeinAmerica.com President and CEO Don Buckner, Sr.

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