This expert has been involved in Product Development and new product innovation for over 25 years, serving in various positions in both the corporate and consulting settings. In his current position, he is responsible for New Product Development and Innovation as well as managing the day to day product development and brand development activities. I have held similar corporate positions at Body Solid Inc. a fitness equipment manufacturer and distributor, Lava World Internationaln and Home Products International. As part of his experience in developing and bringing to market new and innovative products, he has become very familiar with the patenting process and efforts to protect new product innovations. He has served as a design and utility patent expert for a number of intellectual property law firms throughout the country and has been part of numerous cases involving utility and design patent infringement as well as trade dress. He has testified in Federal Court and WTC Hearings. IHe has a number of personal patents and has been named on over 100 design and utility patents. He have been involved in two company start ups, an intellectual property licensing and manufacturing firm and a specialty sporting equipment and apparel manufacturer. In addition to his career in Product Development,this expert has over 20 years experience in the architectural field as an Architectural Designer of residential, commercial and government projects. Prior to transferring to U of I for design, he was involved in the architecture program at Western Michigan University, later becoming a partner in an architectural firm responsible for the historic re-development of downtown Kalamazoo.
BFA, Industrial Design, University of Illinois
M.S., New Product Development, Northwestern University
Former, Project Manager, Insight Product Development
Former, Design Director, The Core Group
Former, Director of New Product Development, Home Products International, Inc.
Former, Director of Product Development, Lava World International, Inc.
Former, Director of Product Development, Body Solid, Inc.
Current, Director of Product Development at large manufacturing company