Meet Our Team
Meet the UIA team, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the UIA to remain the nation’s leading inventor education organization. Our Executive Commitee and Management Team work together to provide responsive programs and services to the independent inventor community and our Board Members serve to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the UIA in support of our mission and needs.
Board of Directors
Our Board Members serve to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of the UIA in support of our mission and needs.
Warren has served as President of the Board of Directors for the UIA since 2010, and is a prolific speaker at inventor clubs and industry tradeshows, where he shares his his extensive knowlege and expertise to help educate aspiring inventors, patent holders and product developers.
In addition to his own commercial successes, including Smart Spin and Misto – the Gourmet Olive Oil Sprayer, Warren has also helped numerous inventors obtain licensing agreements with major US manufacturers, and has counseled many inventors who went on to start their own small businesses. Warren currently serves as the Open Innovation Director for:
- Lifetime Brands (the world’s largest manufacturer of kitchen utensils and a major supplier of food prep and table top products to America’s major retailers)
- TTI Group (power tools and accessories under the Rigid, Ryobi, Milwaukee, and AEG brands), and
- Access Innovation Solutions for direct response (As Seen on TV) products.
Kedma Ough, MBA is the Innovation Director at Mt Hood Community College Small Business Development Center in Oregon. As part of her role she leads three statewide initiatives; the Oregon SBDC Cybersecurity Program, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and the Statewide Inventor Program. Under this directive she supports the Inventor Resource Program, which includes SBIR/STTR Federal Innovation Grants and working with inventors from ideation to commercialization. She has supported inventors from product licensing through building product development firms. The Huffington Post has recognized Ough for fueling innovation and Inc. Ough is also a contributing writing for Entrepreneur Magazine. Her past awards have included the SBA’s Women Champion of the Year, Small Business State Champion Award, and National Small Business Influencer Leadership. As an avid inventor Ough is currently working on a food product concept with her three young boys. In 2019, Ough will have her book published “Target Funding” in collaboration with McGraw Hill. The book will focus on finding resources and funding for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. She is also a proud fifth generation entrepreneur and her great-great grandfather peddled various products throughout Ireland. Follow her on LinkedIn.com.
Michael leads the Product Partnership Program for three companies within NCH corporation; Retail Products Group with a focus on pet products (Brands: OUT, Simple Solutions, Vets Best, Bags on Board, Totally Toddler) and Plumbing Products Group which includes Danco and LSP companies( Brands: Danco, Go Bidet, Disposal genie, MJSI, Rapid Fit, Pull stop Box, Aqua- Flo). Major Customers include: Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, Petco, ACE, Bed Bath and Beyond, QVC and HSN to name a few.
Before joining NCH in 2008, Michael was the head of Research and Development at Andover Healthcare where he led the development of the world’s first cohesive elastic bandage with silver antimicrobial foam and was the Field Service and Training Manager for FEI Company, the leader in Focused Ion beam technology. He also served in the U.S. Submarine Service as a Chief Petty Officer, where he served on 4 nuclear powered submarines. He completed his service as the Research and Development Chief at Submarine Development Squadron 12 where he led R/D projects on 15 different US Submarines and one submarine from the Royal Netherlands Navy. Michael holds a BA in Business Administration from Hesser College.
Mike Lindell is best known as the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, although his notoriety as someone radically freed from the power of addiction is beginning to exceed even his MyPillow fame. His deep enthusiasm and heart for helping people recover from addictions is what has inspired him to launch the Lindell Recovery Network. The LRN is an amazing platform which will help millions of people find recovery and Jesus through help, hope, and mentorship.
Mike has a special knack for treating each of his employees as though they’re the most important person on earth, and that interpersonal gift spills over into all areas of his life. That includes his most important call: to help people get set free from addiction and find Jesus. Mike knew MyPillow was just a platform for God, and he has followed his calling to help bring people to Jesus and help give addicts hope so they can overcome their addictions.
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Andrea Pass of Andrea Pass Public Relations is a 30+ year public relations veteran with expertise in national, regional and local media relations outreach for clients in such categories as consumer products, lifestyle, B2B, education, authors, non-profits and more.
Her strength in relationships coupled with her knowledge of the ever-growing media base results in securing top tier, targeted media placements to increase brand awareness, reputation management and sales for established businesses and growing entrepreneurs alike.
Andrea Pass has been named a Leading Women Entrepreneur Top 25 Brand Builder for 2018 and was previous named a Direct Response Marketing Association (DRMA) Member of the Year Finalist. She has served on the Membership Committee of the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA).
An active volunteer, Pass holds a B.A. in Communications from Glassboro State College.
Dara Trujillo has more than 28 years of retail, theme park (Walt Disney) and TV shopping experience (HSN) creating worldwide concepts and products. While at Disney, she learned early on to persevere through tough boardrooms and “Know the Power of No”. As a result Dara was able to create amazing products and experiences that are still enjoyed today by Guests around the world. They include the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Goofy’s Candy Company, expanding the Pin Trading experience, creating Duffy the Disney Bear and many more. Most recently Dara was VP of Merchandise Business Development for HSN where she created and managed the American Dreams Program and Entrepreneur Academy helping entrepreneurs realize their TV retail dreams. Currently, Dara is the Chief Merchandise Officer for SLC Group Holdings, and angel investment firm lead by Sandy Cleary, where their top priority is finding amazing entrepreneurs and taking them from startup to stardom! Dara can still be seen as a regular judge on the TV show Hatchedwhere she provides feedback to innovators and entrepreneurs and helps them fulfill their American Dream of selling on TV or into retail.
Scott is the President and Co-Founder of Proformance Marketing Group (PMG), a Philadelphia-based marketing firm that specializes in Direct Response Television and product promotion. Scott appears on-air regularly as a product expert both on QVC and in infomercials. Prior to PMG, he held executive positions with a venture capital firm that specialized in emerging product technology as well as a consumer electronics company.
Over the past decade, Scott has presented over 250 different products on national television, totaling thousands of appearances and well over a quarter of a billion dollars in sales.
With a passion for sharing his knowledge and expertise, Scott is a prolific educational speaker, panelist, and judge at industry tradeshows and inventor workshops across the country.
President, Enventys Partners
Roy Morejon is the President and Co-Founder of Enventys Partners, a vertically-integrated product development, crowdfunding, and digital marketing agency that has helped launch over 1,500 innovations in the past 8 years on sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Amazon. The Emmy award-winning turn-key firm combines product development and marketing services, helping entrepreneurs, startups and enterprise companies bring innovative products and ideas to market quickly and effectively.
A serial entrepreneur and thought leader in digital marketing for more than 25 years, Morejon consulted for AOL and Microsoft in his teens and now provides entrepreneurs and startups with a one-stop solution for all of their go-to-market product launch needs, as well as personally investing in over 24 startups.
As CMO of Product Hype, a blog/newsletter that showcases the best new products on Earth in an absurdly unique way and host of the leading crowdfunding podcast Art of the Kickstart and frequently being featured on CNN, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Fast Company, he has helped thousands of entrepreneurs raise more than $175 million dollars using reward-based and equity crowdfunding while being a board member and advisor to hundreds of global startups on their online marketing growth strategies.
An entrepreneur at heart with close to 20 years of business experience, Russ co-founded Invention Home to help independent inventors to connect with manufacturers for the purpose of licensing inventions. To date, we have successfully licensed over 100 inventions to independent 3rd party companies and have amassed a network of over 3,500 manufacturers/product companies looking for innovative products.
We have also developed solid working relationships with patent attorneys, design firms, prototype companies and manufacturing sourcing companies.
Andrea Hence Evans
Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a member of the Texas bar, a registered Patent Attorney, and a member of the US Supreme Court Bar. Having worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a patent examiner and a trademark examining attorney after graduating from law school, she then launched the intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans, which currently represents independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small, medium, and Fortune 100 clients in multiple states and multiple countries with patent, trademark and copyright issues.
Andrea is a 2002 graduate of The George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in mathematics and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering, respectively. Attorney Evans is also the owner of KidGINEER, LLC, a hands-on STEM program for children.
Trevor is President and founder of Lambert & Lambert, Inc., one of the leading invention agencies involved in licensing and technology transfer. An inventor himself, after seeing deficiencies in the business model of existing invention service providers, Trevor established the company in 2001 with the goal of providing inventors with improved transparency by working on a commission basis (or contingency).
In 2009, Trevor founded a design and engineering firm called Enhance Product Development, Inc. that specializes in providing inventors with tailored services for both licensing or manufacturing and distribution. Enhance provides turnkey services for inventors from industrial design, prototyping to domestic or overseas manufacturing sourcing. There is even design packages specifically developed for inventors seeking to license their inventions.
Over the years Trevor has been chiefly responsible for developing and licensing products that are now in stores such as Walmart, Target, Lowes, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, ToysRUs and many more; generating for his clients royalties in the millions of dollars. Products range from direct response television (infomercial) to industrial products currently being commercialized by John Deere.
Matt Nuccio has a wealth of knowledge in the fields of design, engineering, prototyping, licensing and sourcing and is passionate about helping companies convey a clear message through design. His design and development agency, Design Edge Inc., is a multi-award-winning international development agency with offices in New York and Hong Kong.
For over 25 years Matt has been designing products and packaging for hundreds of companies, both big and small, across many industries (toys, electronics, food and beverage, health and beauty, houseware, hardware, pets… to name a few).
He has also written columns focusing on design, inventing, engineering and manufacturing for Toy and Family Entertainment, ToyBook, Royaltie$ and Licensing Book. Matt is also a frequent lecturer on design and manufacturing, having spoken at trade shows, inventor clubs and universities around the world.
A recognized subject matter expert, in 2008 Matt was elected co-chairman of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) associate panel representing all designers and inventors in the toy industry. Matt was elected to sit on the UIA Board of Directors in 2014.
Jim is a founding partner of the law firm Patterson Thuente IP, a full-service intellectual property boutique. His practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution, IP portfolio management and strategy development, licensing, dispute mediation, international IP protection and development of global market-protection strategies. Jim’s’ clients are leading companies, located around the globe, in a variety of industries, including medical device, defense, electronics, plastics and mechanical equipment.
During his 25 years as a patent lawyer, Jim has always enjoyed the challenge of patenting ideas that are twists on everyday products. He also gains tremendous satisfaction from providing access to justice for the disadvantaged and has partnered with other IP professionals and the USPTO to develop patent pro bono programs across the country.
Charles Sauer is the President of the Market Institute, and the author of Profit Motive: What Drives the Things We Do. He represents small inventors on Capitol Hill and holds numerous pro-inventor events on Capitol Hill and around the country. He is a frequent contributor to the Washington Examiner, and writes for Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily, Fox News, Entpreneur.com, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, and numerous other publications. Additionally, Charles Sauer appears weekly on One America News and is a frequent guest on the Thom Hartmann Radio Show – the #9 ranked radio show.
Charles has spent time on Capitol Hill working for the Chairman of the Finance Committee; he has worked for a Governor on tax, immigration, and labor issues; and was Deputy Legislative Director for an academic think tank focusing on tax, finance, and healthcare. On the Hill he is known for developing free market solutions and effective legislative coalitions.
Author, Speaker, Columnist, Economist and Public Policy Specialist
Founder and President of The Market Institute
Author of Profit Motive – a best-selling microeconomic book
Co-Director Inventors Project, 13,000 person newsletter
Frequent National Media appearances
Author for expert congressional testimony
Speech writer for politicians, business owners and academics
Exec Committee & Leadership Team
Our Executive Committee and Management Team work together to provide responsive programs and services to the independent inventor community.
Inventor Brian Fried is an author, radio host and consultant with many successful inventions reaching mass retail markets. He is the author of Inventing Secrets Revealed, You & Your Big Ideas and Invention Playbook for Inventors with Big Ideas. He has been featured in respected media outlets including the New York Times; Inc. Magazine; Newsday; Inventors Digest; CBS News; the Food Network; and WPIX11.
Brian’s inventions are currently marketed through As Seen On TV, home shopping channels, catalogs and online retailers through licensing and manufacturing agreements. As the host of Got Invention Radio, he has interviewed over 150 high profile guests, including Lori Greiner of ABC’s Shark Tank and representatives from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is the Founder and President of Long Island Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club representing Nassau and Suffolk counties through the SBDC (Small Business Development Center), a division of the SBA (Small Business Administration).
Brian Fried has served as a trusted mentor to inventors including celebrities for over 15 years. Through his Inventor Smart consultancy, he offers one-on-one support at all stages of the invention process. Brian provides feedback, product development, licensing representation and turnkey solutions to make invention ideas a reality. He is considered an authority and advocate for inventors within the invention community, and he is invited as a guest speaker on innovation and invention topics at major trade shows, government agencies, schools and libraries across the nation. He recently received the Innovator of the Year Award on Long Island and several Proclamations for his contribution to the encouragement of innovation in the region from the County Executive.
Treasurer, Ops Director
Former Program Director of the Minnesota Inventors Congress (MIC), Deb uses her marketing and management experience to educate inventors about how successful inventors develop marketable products. She is known for the passion she expresses when helping aspiring inventors learn how to make important business decisions regarding their new business ventures.
She has been supporting independent inventors for 30 years. She is a certified trainer, coach and facilitator in fostering the creative and innovative spirit in entrepreneurs. She currently serves as Treasurer for the UIA.
Hess is invited to speak to inventors, students, intellectual property law students, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and others. On an international level, she has served as a juror for World Cup of Computer Implemented Inventions in Taipei, Taiwan and as the US Representative for the Global Sustainability Conference in Bangkok Thailand.
The co-owner of a micro enterprise for over 25 years, Deb is responsible for the marketing and accounting functions of the family business. Having served as an elected official for Redwood County, Minnesota, she is well versed in consensus building skills and public policy.
Trade Show Director
Cathie Kirik has spent nearly 40 years supporting intellectual property protection and, in particular, independent inventors – 10 years with the Library of Congress Copyright Office and nearly 30 years with the US Patent and Trademark Office. While with the USPTO, Cathie was part of the founding team of the Office of Independent Inventor Programs whose focus was to provide educational resources to the inventor community. Highlights of the Programs’ efforts include the USPTO Inventors Resource Page, on-line chats, newsletters, and an established complaint process for inventors working with invention promotion scam companies. Cathie also coordinated the USPTO’s Annual Independent Inventor Conferences and Saturday Seminar Programs. Upon retiring from the USPTO, Cathie joined the UIA to continue her passion for supporting the inventor community.