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Inventors’ Revue

The Inventors Revue is a stage adjacent to the Inventors Corner. This area has become a major destination for Show attendees, providing education and expert advice to inventors as they work toward bringing their products to market. 

New Location: Hall of Global Innovation, Lakeside Center Lobby

The Schedule

Saturday, March 14

10 AM

Welcome to the Inventors Revue

IHA – Introductions & Welcome Speeches

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Intellectual Property at Home: Protecting Housewares Through Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks

Randy Huis and Michael Snyder, Volpe & Koenig PC, Intellectual Property Attorneys

11:30 - 12:30 PM

How to Make the Perfect Pitch

Elliott Bracket, Co-Founder & CEO, Exceptional Products, Inc.

12:30 - 1:20 PM

Boutiques, Buyers & Business: Independent Store Owners Discuss Their Strategies on How to Compete with Big Box, Amazon, etc.

Catherine Del Spina, Marketing Optometrist; Adam Badaway, Posh; Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu; Bob Trinque, Innovation Specialists Marketing Group, Inc.

 

1:30 - 2:00 PM

United States Patent Office Panel: Resources for Inventors

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Outreach & Program Specialist; Dennis Forbes, USPTO; Scott Baldwin, Trademark Attorney, USPTO

2:00 - 2:40 PM

What’s Your WOW? With Everyday Edisons

Louis Foreman, Director, Edison Nation and Executive producer, Everyday Edisons

2:45 - 3:30 PM

The Perfect Product Launch – A 10 Day Plan

Luke Peters, CEO, Retail Band & Newair

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Dave Bartos, Endure Productive; Jim Norris, Canadian Tire; Eddie Sutton, Vanderbilt Home Collections; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Pascal Glorieux, glop STUDIO; Louis Foreman, Edison Nation

Sunday, March 15

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Inside Trademarks – Understanding & Overview

Scott Baldwin, Trademark Attorney, USPTO 

9:30 - 11:15 AM

Pitch to the Pros

Jim DeBetta, We Know Inventing; Philippa Simmons, Head of Buying, Lakeland; Luke Peters, Retail Band & Newair; Chris Ferguson, Edison Nation; Blandine Scherpe, Home Fashion News; Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu; Valerie Snow, Honey-Can-Do

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Angel Investing 101: What to Know and How to Get One!

Sandy Cleary, Founder & CEO, SLC Group Holdings; Dara Trujillo, CMO, SLC Group Holdings

12:15 - 1:15 PM

KEYNOTE: Target Funding – A Proven System to Get the Money & Resources You Need to Start or Grow Your Business

Kedma Ough, MBA & Author

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Building Housewares Brands with Brand Response TV

Karla Drawford Kerr, VP of Marketing, Hawthorne Advertising; Allison Fishman, Global Brand Director, Dremel, RotoZip, Bosch; Catherine-Gail Reinhard, VP, Product Strategy & Marketing, StoreBound, Dash & Sobro; Steven Yde, VP Marketing, NAC Div, Wahl Clipper Corp.

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Shark Tank

Mindy Zemrak, Emmy Nominated Supervising Casting Producer for Shark Tank

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Robert Yusim, Product Council; Sharon Weisman, Licensing International; Trish Dowling, All Star Products; Chris Cunningham, Pampered Chef; Allesandra Hankinson, The Grommet; Andrea Lillo, HFN (3:30 – 4:30); Ron Kovach, Design Applause (4:30 – 5:30)

Monday, March 16

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Storytelling: A Brand New Imperative

David Altman, CEO, MarketShare Advisors International

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Pitch to the Pros

Rene Kussman, Silver Star Brands; Jim Norris, Canadian Tire; Matthew Canwell, KitchenCraft, Lifetime Brands Europe; Robert Yusim, Product Counsel; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Michael Higdon, National Building Museum

11:45 - 1:00 PM

KEYNOTE: HyVIDA – The Worlds First Hydrogen Infused Sparkling Water!

Rick Smith, Co-Founder, President / CEO, HyVIDA Brands, Inc.

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Trends in Point of Sale Analytics

John pitman, CEO & Co-Founder, Krunchbox Inc.; Bob Kerber, Vice President of Sales, Le Creuset; Sam Moncada, President, Canadian Hardware and Housewares Manufacturers Association

2:00 - 2:45 PM

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When You’re Building Your Business

Steve DeBretto, Executive Director, Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

2:45 - 3:30 PM

Developing Product for the Digital Age

Tom Mirabile, Principal & Founder, Springboard Futures; Barbara Weston, Global Design & Trend Director

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Tanya Gross, Small Shop Chicago; Elliott Brackett, Exceptional Products, INC.; James Ryan, Canadian Tire; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Ronny Smith, Intromark; Blandine Scherpe, Home Fashion news

Tuesday, March 17

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Information Forum

Service Providers will talk and answer audience questions and give you the opportunity to share your story.

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Meet Shark Tank Success Story – Rick Hopper and his Mystery Surprise Guests! 

Rick and his guests are here to talk and answer questions and share fun stories with a lot of insightful information – Audience Participation A Must!

Saturday, March 14

10 AM

Welcome to the Inventors Revue

IHA – Introductions & Welcome Speeches

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Intellectual Property at Home: Protecting Housewares Through Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks

Randy Huis and Michael Snyder, Volpe & Koenig PC, Intellectual Property Attorneys

11:30 - 12:15 PM

How to Make the Perfect Pitch

Elliott Bracket, Co-Founder & CEO, Exceptional Products, Inc.

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Boutiques, Buyers & Business: Independent Store Owners Discuss Their Strategies on How to Compete with Big Box, Amazon, etc.

Catherine Del Spina, Marketing Optometrist; Adam Badaway, Posh; Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu; Bob Trinque, Innovation Specialists Marketing Group, Inc.

 

1:30 - 2:00 PM

United States Patent Office Panel: Resources for Inventors

Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Development Outreach & Program Specialist; Dennis Forbes, USPTO; Scott Baldwin, Trademark Attorney, USPTO

2:00 - 2:40 PM

What’s Your WOW? With Everyday Edisons

Louis Foreman, Director, Edison Nation and Executive producer, Everyday Edisons

2:45 - 3:30 PM

The Perfect Product Launch – A 10 Day Plan

Luke Peters, CEO, Retail Band & Newair

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Dave Bartos, Endure Productive; Jim Norris, Canadian Tire; Eddie Sutton, Vanderbilt Home Collections; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Pascal Glorieux, glop STUDIO; Louis Foreman, Edison Nation

Sunday, March 15

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Inside Trademarks – Understanding & Overview

Scott Baldwin, Trademark Attorney, USPTO

9:30 - 11:15 AM

Pitch to the Pros

Jim DeBetta, We Know Inventing; Philippa Simmons, Head of Buying, Lakeland; Luke Peters, Retail Band & Newair; Chris Ferguson, Edison Nation; Blandine Scherpe, Home Fashion News; Mary Liz Curtin, Leon & Lulu; Valerie Snow, Honey-Can-Do

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Angel Investing 101: What to Know and How to Get One!

Sandy Cleary, Founder & CEO, SLC Group Holdings; Dara Trujillo, CMO, SLC Group Holdings

12:15 - 1:15 PM

KEYNOTE: Target Funding – A Proven System to Get the Money & Resources You Need to Start or Grow Your Business

Kedma Ough, MBA & Author

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Building Housewares Brands with Brand Response TV

Karla Drawford Kerr; Allison Fishman, Global Brand Director, Dremel, RotoZip, Bosch; Catherine-Gail Reinhard, VP, Product Strategy & Marketing, StoreBound, Dash & Sobro; Steven Yde, VP Marketing, NAC Div, Wahl Clipper Corp.

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Shark Tank

Mindy Zemrak, Emmy Nominated Supervising Casting Producer for Shark Tank

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Robert Yusim, Product Council; Sharon Weisman, Licensing International; Trish Dowling, All Star Products; Chris Cunningham, Pampered Chef; Allesandra Hankinson, The Grommet; Andrea Lillo, HFN (3:30 – 4:30); Ron Kovach, Design Applause (4:30 – 5:30)

Monday, March 16

8:45 - 9:30 AM

Storytelling: A Brand New Imperative

David Altman, CEO, MarketShare Advisors International

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Pitch to the Pros

Rene Kussman, Silver Star Brands; Jim Norris, Canadian Tire; Matthew Canwell, KitchenCraft, Lifetime Brands Europe; Robert Yusim, Product Counsel; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Michael Higdon, National Building Museum

11:45 - 1:00 PM

KEYNOTE: HyVIDA – The Worlds First Hydrogen Infused Sparkling Water!

Rick Smith, Co-Founder, President / CEO, HyVIDA Brands, Inc.

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Trends in Point of Sale Analytics

John pitman, CEO & Co-Founder, Krunchbox Inc.; Bob Kerber, Vice President of Sales, Le Creuset; Sam Moncada, President, Canadian Hardware and Housewares Manufacturers Association

2:00 - 2:45 PM

You Don’t Have to Go It Alone When You’re Building Your Business

Steve DeBretto, Executive Director, Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation

2:45 - 3:00 PM

Developing Product for the Digital Age

Tom Mirabile, Principal & Founder, Springboard Futures; Barbara Weston, Global Design & Trend Director

3:30 - 5:30 PM

Pitch to the Pros

Tanya Gross, Small Shop Chicago; Elliott Brackett, Exceptional Products, INC.; James Ryan, Canadian Tire; Ryan Flynn, Charmac; Ronny Smith, Intromark; Blandine Scherpe, Home Fashion news

Tuesday, March 17

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Information Forum

Service Providers will talk and answer audience questions and give you the opportunity to share your story.

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Meet Shark Tank Success Story – Rick Hopper and his Mystery Surprise Guests!

Rick and his guests are here to talk and answer questions and share fun stories with a lot of insightful information – Audience Participation A Must!

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