The IAA holds two meetings per month. The first Wednesday of each month is dedicated to all inventors, including non-members. At these meetings, we have a keynote speaker and networking.
The third Wednesday of each month is dedicated to the IAA members only. During this time, we provide hands-on help for individual inventors as they take their inventions through the various stages of development. These meetings generally follow a think tank format.
Meet the Board
The members of the Board of Directors of the IAA volunteer their time to attend meetings, guide new inventors and assist with managing the direction of the organization. Each board member has invention experience and has either brought a product to market directly or has licensed it to a manufacturer. The board has a varied background of experience including business management, marketing, accounting, patent law, engineering, manufacturing and prototyping.
Laura Myers, Executive Director
Laura left her career in the pharmaceutical industry following a company buyout in 2007 and pursued entrepreneurial paths that would allow her to utilize her creative talents. Her first product was Pocket Change, a fashion accessory for the back pockets of jeans. She landed a licensing contract and the product launched in 3800 stores across the nation. Her second product was a custom, interactive digital magazine used as a marketing tool for small businesses.
Alex Hobson, Secretary
Alex is president and founder of Invention to Patent Services LLC, a creative intellectual property service company focused on helping individual inventors obtain a strategically written patent at an affordable price. Alex is a registered patent agent with the USPTO and has more than twenty years of experience. In addition, Alex is an inventor and has more than twenty patents issued in his own name. Alex is a sought after speaker on intellectual property issues.
Les Holland, Director
Les holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois where he worked on IlliacII (the world's fastest computer at the time) and PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automatic Teaching Operations), the world's first computer-based educational system. He was selected a Knight of St. Patrick, one of the highest honors to a student from the College of Engineering. Mr. Holland worked at Motorola for 25 years in computer programming and engineering management.
Wayne Carroll, Director
Wayne received his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA. He has experience in patent prosecution and intellectual property including preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a wide variety of electronic, electrical and mechanical arts, infringement, licensing and many other areas. Wayne also has engineering experience in the semi conductor industry
Karren is a Nutrition Support Dietitian by day and an Inventor by night. Her decision to pursue her idea of a safe and efficient way of installing holiday lights lead her to an education about product design, patenting and all the numerouls steps to get a product ready for market. Karren has experience in manufacturing, licensing and also QVC. She has been a long time member of the IAA and continues to share her expertise with all.
Peter is the Patents & Trademarks librarian and Assistant Administrator of the State of Arizona Research Library at the Arizona State Capitol. Peter has a strong background in the federal patent and trademark process, as well as in conducting professional patent searches. Peter has been a longstanding member of the IAA and has been instrumental in helping others get started with their inventions, as well as helping experienced inventors move to higher levels.