United Inventors Association Establishes Advisory Board

Posted On:Feb 6, 2022

Board will Assist in Achieving the UIA’s Goal of Empowering America’s Inventors and Entrepreneurs 

The United Inventors Association of America began as an inventors’ outreach program for the United States Patent and Trademark Office with a mission of empowering inventors through education, access, and advocacy. The 501c3 UIA provides critical resources to the inventing community while encouraging honest and ethical business practices among industry service providers.

In furtherance of its mission, the UIA is proud to announce the formation of the UIA Advisory Board. The board is comprised of industry leaders who share the UIA’s mission of empowering independent inventors with the tools needed to achieve market success. 

“The UIA’s newly formed Advisory Board is off to a tremendous start with world renowned inventors, innovators, business specialists, attorneys and media personalities stepping up —all with one goal in mind — to help the inventor, innovator or product developer obtain the resources needed to succeed,” said UIA President Carmine Denisco. “These exceptional volunteers are sure to make a huge difference in the industry.”

Members of the new UIA Advisory Board include:

Kathryn Emery: A renowned home improvement and lifestyle expert, TV host, on-stage presenter and spokeswoman, Kathryn has been featured on national broadcasts including “Good Morning America” and “The Doctors.” Kathryn, the official spokesperson for the National Hardware Show, has also been prominently featured on broadcast outlets in the nation’s top markets including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston and more. Kathryn is based in Aliso Viejo, California.

Sean Murphy: An expert in wealth management, Sean was one of the principals in creating, launching, and serving as MC and presentation coach for the PBS series “Make48.” A graduate of the esteemed McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin, Sean served as the CEO of the Inventors Center of Kansas City, one of the nation’s most successful inventor organizations. Sean is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Rick Hopper: A one-of-a-kind entrepreneur, inventor and motivator, Rick is the creator of ReaderRest, the highly successful magnetic eyeglass holder. After landing a deal with Lori Greiner on “Shark Tank,” Rick’s ReaderRest has found even greater success as a multi-functional product for holding reading glasses, ID badges and earbud wires. Rick is based in Bartonville, Texas.

Lerin Lockwood: The inventor of Lion Latch Jewelry Tote, Lerin, based in Burnet, Texas, has been featured on “Good Morning America” and “The View.” A high school art teacher & multi-sport coach, Lerin oftentimes needs to take off wedding rings and other jewelry. Inspired by the need to safely store her jewelry, Lerin, in a flash of genius, created the extraordinarily successful Tote. 

Judy Edwards: Judy is co-founder and owner of Squatty Potty, a stool that wraps perfectly around an existing toilet to provide a comfortable, ergonomic, and easy-to-use bathroom experience. Judy is based in St. George, Utah.

Mike Watts: An experienced entrepreneur based in Houston, Texas with six start-ups including three consecutive multi-million-dollar companies Mike successfully struck a deal with Shark Tank’s Daymond John. Mike currently serves as CEO of LoveHandle, a fast-growing American manufacturer of patented custom smartphone grips and accessories. Featured on “Good Morning America” and “The View,” Mike is a 3-time winner of the Aggie 100 Award for fastest growing companies from Texas A&M University. Mike’s businesses have been listed on the Fortune 5000 multiple times. 

Nisha Sawhney: Nisha is the founder of SnS Design, specializing in developing successful consumer products. An entrepreneur with high level global thinking, Nisha brings business ideas and new products into existence utilizing holistic innovative product design. From baby cribs to electric car charge stations to medical devices, housewares, furniture, lifestyle products, and more, Nisha served as a juror at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and assists “Make48” inventors. Nisha is based in New York, New York.

David Consigli, Jr.: David is Partner with Ferraro, Amodio & Zarecki, CPAs – Forensic Accountants and Business Advisors. David specializes in valuations of closely-held businesses, business and ownership interests, and intangible assets. He is credentialed with the Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. David is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jon Kestenbaum: Jon is a lawyer by education and an entrepreneur by trade. An attorney with AMS, a workforce solutions firm, he is passionate about pioneering initiatives that changes lives. He spent his career focusing on people, process, and technology – the fundamentals to building a successful business. Jon is based in New York, New York.


For more information about the UIA generally, on connecting with a local inventor’s club near you  and securing free membership in the United Inventors Association, please visit us at: www.UIAUSA.org.

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