Calling All Inventors: Step Into the Spotlight and Be Heard During Expert Pitch Panel by the United Inventors Association of America at Made in America 2019

Inventors are invited to present their ideas and innovations at the largest-ever showcase of American-made products and machines in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019


INDIANAPOLIS (JUNE 11, 2019) MADE IN AMERICA 2019, the first-ever exposition and celebratory event solely focusing on American manufacturing and products made in the U.S.A., is proud to partner with the United Inventors Association of America (UIA) for an exclusive opportunity for inventors to pitch their business ideas to an elite panel of experts. Taking place at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, October 3-6, 2019, this four-day event will bring together more than 800 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees.

“Innovation is critical to the future of American manufacturing,” said President and CEO Don Buckner, Sr. “We are committed to supporting our nation’s inventors, providing them with new resources and opportunities to be seen. We are excited to unveil this exclusive new platform at our inaugural Made in America event, which will draw both consumers as well as buyers from all kinds of industries.”

“It is our sincere pleasure to be invited to participate in the inaugural Made in America Show in Indianapolis this fall,” said Warren Tuttle, President of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors. “The UIA is the leading US 501c3 non-profit dedicated to inventor education and advocacy. Most independent inventors are very passionate about manufacturing their products in the U.S.A., and to gather companies and individuals together in one location that promotes such passion is historic. Independent inventors and entrepreneurs, who make up the bulk of American small business start-ups, also believe in strong U.S. patent rights, which date back to the very foundation of our country in the late 1700s. Made in America and strong patents go hand-in-hand.”

The UIA panel will be comprised of the following experts:

Warren Tuttle serves as the President of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2009. Warren also oversees the Open Innovation outside product programs for three industry leading companies: Lifetime Brands in Housewares and Table Top (Farberware, Kitchen Aid and 30 others), Techtronics Industries Power Tools Group in Power Tools and Hardware (Ryobi, Ridgid, Hart and others) and Merchant Media in Direct Response Television (Smart Spin, True Touch and many others). Warren personally interacts through email or phone with over 5,000 inventors a year and has initiated over 100 new product licensing agreements, which have collectively generated a billion dollars in retail sales.  

Marc Portney is host and resident investor on Discovery Science Channel’s All American Makers series. He has made regular appearances on the Home Shopping Network, introducing new products and inventors to this specialized market. He has also hosted HSN’s American Dreams series alongside entrepreneurial luminaries such as Damon John.

Scott Hynd is Partner of Brand Innovation (BI) and Board Member of the United Inventors Association. BI is a Philadelphia-based marketing firm that specializes in live television shopping and product promotion.  Over the past decade, he has presented over 250 different products on national television, totaling thousands of appearances and close to half of a billion dollars in sales.  

Tom Grey is the CEO and senior strategist for Make48 and Handy Camel. Handy Camel licenses inventions and manufactures products in the U.S.A. and the U.K. and supplies major retailers worldwide. The company has won numerous trade show awards, including the “Best New Garden Accessory” award in England and 3rd in New Product Showcase at the National Hardware Show in Vegas.

Kedma Ough is the Innovation Director for the Small Business Development Center in Mt. Hood Oregon, where she leads three statewide initiatives: the Oregon SBDC Cybersecurity Program, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, and the Statewide Inventor Program. Under this directive she supported the Inventors Resource Program, which included SBIR/STTR Federal Innovation Grants and working with inventors from ideation to commercialization.

Sandy Cleary is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder and CEO of SLC Group Holdings. SLC Group Holdings assists entrepreneurs in need of capital and product development. Sandy partnered with HSN as a featured speaker and pitch panelist at HSN’s American Dreams Academy. As an angel investor, she has invested in several of the American Dreams Academy entrepreneurs and has won multiple business achievement awards.

Dara Trujillo has more than 28 years of retail, theme park (Walt Disney) and TV shopping experience creating worldwide concepts and products. 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 CMO for SLC Group Holdings.

To qualify to present your invention in front of the UIA pitch panel, contact Cathie Kirik, Trade Show Director, at [email protected] or 571-272-8040. For more information visit

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All phone inquiries to (888) 738-5919.

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The United Inventors Association of America has been helping inventors through education, access and advocacy since its inception in 1990. Inventors can access the UIA list of online reading and video materials to guide them through the invention process. The UIA trade show programs and educational seminars grant inventors access to a network of companies seeking new products or can offer services to advance the inventors process. For more information visit

MADE IN AMERICA 2019 will be the rallying point of people, businesses and organizations from all areas of manufacturing to interact and share the latest innovations and advances in research, product innovation and service delivery. The inaugural event, taking place October 3-6, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will bring together the largest-ever network of industrial professionals, offering a slate of cutting-edge educational sessions, keynote addresses and panel discussions featuring specialists from key segments of the manufacturing community.

For this monumental event, more than 450,000 square feet of the Indiana Convention Center has been reserved to showcase American-made machines and products by 800 U.S. manufacturers. While all exhibitors will share a commonality in their U.S.-based productions, the variety of represented product categories and industries will be incredibly vast, ranging from aerospace and automobiles to apparel and textiles. This event will truly be the most comprehensive representation of American manufacturing and production ever in its purest form.

There are criteria for an inventor to be considered to go in front of the American Made Inventors Showcase. To learn more or apply, go to

  1. Hello, I have an invention, a child’s R/C toy that I designed that I’m trying to get to market by way of a licensing agreement with a company, or through manufacturing of the toy and selling the product online and in various retail stores. What is required to participate and attend this event?

    • Hey if you get the chance can you call me so I can have a conversation to you about things

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