Siblings Joseph, Terri, Lorri, and Debbi came all the way from Alaska to invent for Make48! No sibling rivalry with this group, they’re all inventors and business owners in their own right, and ‘believe’ they can take the competition.
What made you want to be a part of Make48?
Terri: We originally signed up by accident as part of the National Hardware Show because I thought we were presenting our existing product. Then we found out it was an inventors competition and it sounded interesting. We had no idea how amazing the experience would be. It ended up being one of the best experiences of my life.
Lorri: And my brother (Joe) thought it was a good idea (he is the inventor) and thought it would be awesome for the 4 siblings to do it together.
What was it like working as a team, was it what you expected?
Terri: It was an amazing team building experience.
Lorri: It was so much more than expected. As a family, it is a time we will remember forever.
How did you go about putting your team together?
Lorri: We are brother and sisters. We also have another business together (the Peel & Stick Sanding Glove), so it was easy to come together.
What advantages did each of you bring to the team?
Terri: Our brother who is the youngest was our leader. He is in construction and the real inventor. He is constantly coming up with new ideas and new ways to improve on existing products. We all have construction experience because our family was in construction. Debbi is our IT person and Web design. Lorri worked on Design to ensure everything look good. I am more function and legality. Joe and I designed and patented our first invention so we really had experience when it came to how to make the new device patentable.
What was the most difficult part of the competition? Roadblocks, setbacks? What came easier for your team?
Terri: Our biggest roadblock was the patent possibility. The lawyer really challenged us. I think most teams would have given up on the idea but Joe and I had experience with this and were able to ask good questions. This ultimately convinced the lawyers they had something they could work with.
Lorri: It was also difficult to find everything you needed to make the prototype. And the video was challenging (we needed it to be dark, yet show our product well.) But what was easy for the team was working together and throwing out solutions when needed.
What did you learn from the Make48 event and how did the experience help you as an inventor.
Terri: Going into the show our team was used to doing everything ourselves. We discovered how fun and creative you could be having other people help you and do some of the work. When you have a resourceful team of skilled people you are able to really focus on being creative. We felt like we had so much time to do everything.
Looking back, anything you would’ve done differently?
Lorri: Not really, it was a very fun, and exciting adventure. The tool techs were amazing, true experts in so many areas. Like I said before, being a winner you have expectations that you will sell the invention you came up with. So very excited and anxious to see what the end result is.
Overall what was the best part of the Make48 experience?
Terri: Working with the tool techs. They were amazing and we had so much fun.
Lorri: For me, it was the teamwork with my family and our mutual faith in God and in each other. We grew closer and stronger in both of these areas through the whole experience. Again, a time we will not forget.