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Tennessee Inventors Association (TIA) Meeting Newsletters

The Tennessee Inventors Association sends a monthly newsletter to members and visitors. The newsletters contain notes on the previous meeting and information on other items of interest. Some newsletters include pdf copies of the handouts. To view these handouts, Adobe Acrobat or other pdf file reader/viewer program must me installed on your computer.

2015 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

March 2015 Mike Haarlander

Mike Haarlander of Arciplex spoke about his company and bringing creative ideas to life at the March 2015 meeting of the TIA.


February 2015 Carl Papa on his Trade Show Marketing trip

Carl Papa is the speaker for the February 2015 TIA meeting. Carl will speak about his recent trip to Florida to attend the PGA Merchandise Show to promote his Pin Hi Pro invention.


January 2015 Keith Waters

Keith Waters was the speaker for the January 2015 TIA meeting. Keith is a native of East Tennessee with more than 30 years experience as a machinist and 15 years in CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) . Keith is president of Third Dimension Models, Inc. His presentation  focused on the relevance of CADD to today's world and it's integration into manufacturing.

2014 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

December 2014 Holiday get-together

The December 2014 meeting was our annual Christmas Brunch. We met at Perkins Pancake House, 9507 Kingston Pike (Windsor Square Shopping Center), for a late breakfast/early lunch. The meeting was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better.


November 2014 Sydney Burchell and Elections

Our November 2014 speaker was Sydney Burchell, one of Bob Gant’s star students. Sydney developed a process that converts the waste material from manufacturing Moon Shine into a sustainable food source and supply of recycle water for fermentation. Bob has praised the progress Sydney made in her project, and Sydney had the opportunity to explain the process she developed.


October 2014 TIA Meeting

Our October 2014 speaker was supposed to be Laura Lyons, a Certified Financial Planner practitioner with over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Unfortunately, Laura could not make her presentation. We look forward to when she is able to make the meeting. We would like to hear what she has to say. In place of her presentation we held a round-table meeting discussing inventions, ideas, and trying to answer questions posed by members. Several members gave updates on the progress of their inventions.


September 2014 John Simpson

Our September 2014 speaker was John Simpson, a retired scientist from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. John has 27 patents issued and another 25 pending!! Among other topics he told us about Superhydrophobics.


August 2014 Jeremy Floyd

Our August 2014 speaker was Jeremy Floyd, who works at BPV Capitol management. Jeremy is a lawyer, inventor, and entrepreneur.

In addition to teaching digital marketing at the MBA program at UTC, Jeremy serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at BPV Capital Management. Before his current role, Jeremy was president of a local marketing firm. Jeremy has contributed to several books on digital marketing and writes a blog at and can be found on Twitter at @jfloyd.


July 2014 The Internet of Things

Protecting Your CreativityOur July 2014 speakers will be John Hocker and Brian Drozd. The TIA is pleased to announce a presentation on "The Internet of Things: A Patent Primer" by  John Hocker and Brian Drozd, associate patent attorneys at Oliff PLC. Mr.


June 2014 Inventlist

Inventlist.comOur June 2014 speaker was Nick Haynes, the creator of the Inventlist website. Inventlist is website for inventors and investors to connect for business as well as for marketing their products to the public for sale. The site merely represents a middle man and free publicity to independent inventors.


May 2014 Carl Papa and the Pocket Pin High Pro

Carl Papa, inventor of the Pin High Pro golf swing aid

The May 2014 speaker was Carl Papa, the TIA president. Carl discussed his successes and his not so successful attempts to manufacture and market the Pocket Pin High Pro golf aid.


April 2014 Andy Pokelwaldt

Andrew PokelwaldtOur April 2014 speaker was Andy Pokelwaldt, Program Director of Advanced Composite Employment (ACE) Accelerator Program at Roane State Community College. Andy spoke about carbon fiber and other composite materials being developed at his lab at the Oak Ridge Laboratory.