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Success Stories

  • 10/10/2008
  • 7:00 PM
  • Science Lecture Hall 101 at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa


This is one of our most exciting seminars of the year.  You'll get to hear the secrets of 6 to 8 successful inventors.  Each speaker will give a short five to ten minute overview of their invention, how they developed it, what type of help they needed, and the secrets they used to break through into the marketplace with a successful product.  The best part?  You get to ask them questions and network with them after the seminar. 

Our Success Stories speakers are:


David Augustine, who has worked with inventors for the past 12 years and has helped market several very successful consumer products including the Ab Roller, Nukkles, the Lateral Thigh Trainer, the Ab Coaster, and others. He specializes in launching products via Television commercials and infomercials. He will speak about protecting your ideas and some practical issues that are often overlooked by inventors.

Ryan Grepper, who has had several licensing successes,  currently has two self produced product on the market as well.  He will go over the various steps he went through to obtaining these licensing deals with prominent companies, as well as share strategies for deciding which path to take for your invention.

Carl Winefordner is a mechanical engineer and co-founder of Crank Brothers, a bicycling components and accessories company in Laguna Beach.  He has been an inventor and product developer for 20+ years, and has created various consumer products including juvenile, SCUBA, toys, and bicycling.  He has over 20 U.S. utility patents.  Carl has also developed and licensed several products to other companies, as well as licensed a product from an inventor.  Crank Brothers has grown from a product idea in 1997 to a thriving multi-million dollar business over the past 11 years, currently with 18 employees in Laguna.  Crank Brothers places a strong emphasis on design and brand, and sells through distributors to cycling shops throughout the world.

Mike Doyle has started and run five companies two of which have been major successes.  One of his successes became the 60th largest company in Southern California.  He considers himself an opportunistic entrepreneur.  He holds more than 25 patents.

Steve Cox is a successful entrepreneur who will speak about identifying an ongoing problem, figuring out the size of the market, and inventing a solution.  These are the steps professional product developers use to invent successful products.  Steve is currently working on an improved surfboard design, and also this year launched www.ReSurf.org, a surfboard recycling system for helping the environment.

Information on additional speakers coming soon!


Registration starts at 7:00 P.M. and the seminar starts at 7:30 P.M. and lasts about 90 minutes. Refreshments are served in the lobby at 9:00 P.M. where you can network with other inventors.

Door fees are $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Parking is free.

From I-405—exit Fairview Rd. and drive south to Merrimac Way. Turn right and drive to Lot E (5th driveway on the right). Walk to the front of the Lewis Center (large brick building). The Science Lecture Hall is just across from the Lewis Center main entrance.

From I-55 southbound—exit right onto Fair Drive westbound. At third traffic light, make a right onto Fairview Road northbound, at Merrimac Street westbound make a left turn and go to Parking Lot E. 

Map of Orange Coast College: 2701 Fairview Rd Costa Mesa, CA 92626, US
Use this map to get to Orange Coast College, but you'll need the OCC map below to find the location on campus.

Map to Orange Coast College (Meetings are held in Building 40 on this map, park in Lot E)

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