I bring a unique, informed perspective with over 45 years of experience in product development, manufacturing, licensing, wholesale marketing and retailing. I have a strong understanding of all aspects of the marketplace and have established long term relationships with factories around the world.
I founded a number of companies including Greeting cards, houseware and gifts, regional sales agency and a retail outlet store.
Total sales for these companies over the years total more than $100 MILLION.
My passion and expertise in business is to help inventors bring their 'dream product' into reality. I have been coaching inventors since 2013 with a variety of consumer products, supporting them to produce and launch their company.
Recent consulting clients include:
MySipsee.com - Bottle stoppers with unique patented carry case
Her-Helper.com - Feminine Hygience product
Laundranet.com - Retractable Clothes Drying Rack
Companies that I have founded over the past 45 years include:
I Joined the inventors as a partner in 2017. The Laundranet is a compact, retractable clothes drying rack to air dry delicate clothing. I managed all aspects of final product design, production, packaging, trade shows, website development and full launch of the Laundranet in early 2020.
I invented, patented and launched the Bonsai Urn in 2018, a unique Portable Urn to grow a bonsai tree, houseplant or fresh cut flowers creating living, loving memories with the cremains of a family member or pet. This is now part of The Living Urn company as The Living Urn Indoors to expand the distribution for our shared success.
Wine Things Unlimited
Launched in 1985, I built this wine accessory company from an initial small collection of six pewter bottle stoppers to over 650 products and 25 employees. Our annual sales peaked at $5 Million. Our collectible bottle stoppers and ceramic serve-ware and mugs including licensed brands of major colleges, Monopoly, Looney Tunes, Star Trek and unique artists. I sold the company in 2013 and moved into coaching and consulting as the Dream Product Guru.
This was my second company focused on notecards and printed products with a wine theme. I was able to work with a number of different art themes to create a unique look never before offered to wineries or gift shops. This was the springboard to create Wine Things Unlimited as my new wine accessory company.
This was my first company that I started when I was just 17 years old! I had the insight to pair my artist photography with inspirational short messages to launch the company with 12 notecards. As I expanded the distribution and product lines, we featured other photographers and whimsical artwork on all types of paper products. I had the opportunity to act as a licensing agent for two of our greeting card artists and worked with Sony Corp in Japan that generated over $50 Million in retail sales!
I remember receiving a royalty check for $50,000 at 23 years old in 1973 to split with my artists! Very exciting times to learn how to operate a business successfully and share graciously with all involved. I have been blessed over the years to share the financial success of my companies with our staff and suppliers with gratitude and heartfulness.