Along with enthusiastic and talented teams of creators, Make48 gathers industry experts and successful inventors that share exclusive insights on every aspect of the product development process and how to bring an idea to market. Get inside stories, share with those in the know and invent inspired!

Expert VIP’s Joined Us for Make48 DC, June 2016

Thanks to Our 2015 Guest Speakers

Michael-B-box-photoMichael Berardi — Inventor of the XHose

Gross sales of all brands of expandable garden hoses now exceed 1 billion dollars!

ScottBrowningScott Browning – Prototype Studio Manager, Hallmark Cards

Oversees product exploration, development, feasibility testing and short run commercialization.

speaker1Tom Czar – Founder & President of Media One Products

Leading electronic retail/home shopping product company with record breaking history with QVC.

johndepaolaJohn DePaola — The Paint Brush Cover

Appeared on Shark Tank and after deal with Lori, product is nationwide including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace and Staples.

judyedwardsJudy Edwards — Squatty Potty

Appeared on Shark Tank and after accepting deal with Lori, hit 2014 goal of 7 million in sales.

Tricia Edwards – Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

Develops educational philosophy and programs for Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

lforemanLouis Foreman — CEO of Edison Nation

His company Edison Nation has racked up more than $200 million in retail stales.

chrisgChris Guerrera — Founder and CEO, PACE

Over 31 years in engineering, lean manufacturing, marketing, sales and TV appearances on GMA’s Shark Tank Edition.

tjhaleT.J. Hale — Shark Tank Podcast

Host of the leading podcast about Shark Tank featuring the show’s entrepreneurs and successes.

jhurleyJohn Hurley — Allstar Products

Allstar Products include the Snuggie and the Topsy Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter.

damonkDamon Kali — Patent Attorney

Attorney and inventor, his practice emphasizes preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

joshmJosh Malone — Inventor of Bunch o Balloons

Kickstarter raised $900,000+ and appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America.

seanmSean Murphy – CEO, Inventors Center of Kansas City

Lauded entrepreneur, speaker and Master of Ceremonies for Make48.

Michael Razavi USPTOMichael Razavi — USPTO

Served United States Patent and Trademark Office over 29 years, Outreach Educator & Advisor – Office of Innovation Development.

nancytNancy Tedeschi — Inventor of SnapIt Screw

 A former winner of Walmart’s Get On The Shelf contest, over $15 million in sales.

wtuttleWarren Tuttle — Product Scout, Lifetime Brands

Scouts new product ideas at Lifetime Brands, world’s largest kitchen utensil manufacturer.

ORG XMIT: TP 39664 columnist 1/19/2011 1/19/11 3:48:59 AM -- New York, NY -- USA Today columnist Christie Garton headshot, January 19, 2011. -- Photo by Todd Plitt, USA TODAY contract photographer [Via MerlinFTP Drop]Christie Garton – Creator of UChic

Author of U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything and co-author of Marketing to Millennials

NealSharmaNeal Sharma – CEO, DEG

Fortune 5000 agency DEG named to “top 25 companies changing the world” by Inc. magazine in 2014.

JohnCalvertJohn Calvert – Exec. Dir., United Inventors Assoc.

Former Senior Adviser of the Office of Innovation Development at the US Patent Office.

DavidFarmerDavid Farmer – Founder and CEO, Ad Giants

Creator of ModSocket, with more than 25 years of advertising and communications expertise.

ChaseCareyChase Carey – President, CAREY Benefit Associates

Author of Chasin’ Meditation: The Step By Step Guide to a Stress-Free Life Through Meditation.

CameronGarrisonCameron Garrison – IP Attorney, Lathrop & Gage

Selected by Kansas City Business Journal for inaugural NextGen Leaders class.

LeannSmithLeAnn Smith – Executive Director, Science Pioneers

Leading supportive education activities such as the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair.