The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 2–4, 2025 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 2—4 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

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

The 2021 schedule will be published early next year. Stay tuned!

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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