Deb Hess
Minnesota Inventors Congress
Redwood Falls , MN

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  • Current Work:
  • Executive Director at Minnesota Inventors Congress
  • Marketing and Accounting Functions at Gerry's South Side Body Shop
  • Previous Work:
  • Redwood County Commissioner at Redwood County Board of Commissioners
  • Education:
  • Professional Floral Designer, American Floral Art School

  • Summary:
    One of the most amazing aspects of my role as the ED of the Minnesota Inventors Congress is the fact that every day I have contact with some of the most well known experts in the product development field. Experts from the manufacturing, marketing, intellectual property and prototyping industries as well as government and non profit resources that are in the business of teaching inventors strong business principles. The people that I am most intriqued by are the successful inventors who are willing to share their expertise with someone who has an idea and don't know what to do next.

    The most important investment an inventor can make is to learn how a successful inventor develops marketable products. By learning the product development process you will be spending your time and money at the right time with the right resources.
    Skills:
    Certified creative and innovative skills trainer, coach and facilitator, marketing, sales, event planning, non profit structure and policy development.

    Detailed Experience Summary:

    Executive Director at Minnesota Inventors Congress
    August 2005 - Present

    After 20 + years as a volunteer of this 52 year old non profit organization I joined the staff. Our two major programs include the annual invention expo, where inventors test market their latest products; and we direct inventors to reliable resources regarding the product development process. Certified Trainer, Coach and Facilitator of the Solution People tools and techniques that help individuals and business reach goals, solve problems and tackle challenges.

    Marketing and Accounting Functions at Gerry's South Side Body Shop
    October 1988 - Present

    Co owner of a microenterprise.

    Redwood County Commissioner at Redwood County Board of Commissioners
    January 1995 - December 2002

    Elected official. Major focuses were in the health and human services programs.


    Detailed Education Summary:

    Professional Floral Designer, American Floral Art School
    August 1970

    Owned a floral design business for many years. Still love the art and practice whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    Conversation History: (4 total)

    Date Person
    11/14/08 Steve Von Hoene
    11/14/08 Gerald Haman
    11/14/08 Charles Jones
    11/14/08 Deb Mullen