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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.

2016 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

September Patents 101

The September 24, 2016, TIA meeting will feature former TIA president and patent attorney Tom Kulaga. Tom will present Patents 101. Tom will discuss the new patent law and what it means for inventors.


August 2016 Carrie Jeske

Carrie JeskeThe August 2016 TIA meeting featured Carrie Jeske, who discussed how, for the past 15 years, she has been helping inventors bring products to market. She has sold her own products on QVC, in retail stores, and through catalogs. Between 2004-2012 she volunteered at a local inventor club where she helped license 7 products for inventors and grow the group from 20 to 80 active monthly attenders. Now, she’s a direct licensee in the As Seen On TV category with Will It Launch? and manages a team of licensing agents through her company Inventive Ideas.


June 2016 Open Meeting

The next TIA meeting is Saturday, June 25, at 10 am at our usual meeting place on the LMU campus in West Knoxville. Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker had an unexpected conflict and had to cancel. The meeting will be an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to discuss their progress in moving their inventions along.


May 2016 TIA Meeting

The June 2016 meeting was an open meeting. Member John Cleaves outlined his strategy for making, improving, and marketing his table top conveyor.


April 2016 Open Meeting

The next TIA meeting is Saturday, April 23, at 10 am at our usual meeting place on the LMU campus in West Knoxville. Our April meeting is an open meeting. We do not have a scheduled speaker. Instead, members and visitors are free to discuss invention topics of interest to them and/or provide updates on their progress.


March 2016 Elizabeth Rowland

The March TIA meeting featured Elizabeth Rowland. She is the Executive Director of TN-China Network (TNCN), a new state-wide non-profit organization based in Knoxville. The TNCN seeks to educate and connect to people in Tennessee that do business with China. The TNCN holds educational and networking events, has a blog and e-newsletter to keep the community updated on TN-China business, and maintains an online resources page that serves as a first-stop source for TN-China-related business and community resources.



February 2016 TIA Open Meeting

The February TIA meeting was an open meeting with presentations from several local inventors.

Bennie Williams discussed his Entry Clean invention. He invented a mechanical door mat.


January 2016 Open Meeting Canceled

The January TIA meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

2015 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

December 2015 Annual brunch meeting

Every December the TIA has a brunch-meeting at a local restaurant. This year the meeting was scheduled for December 19. The early meeting date avoids having our regularly scheduled meeting the day after Christmas.

The TIA members met at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 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.


October 2015 Open Meeting

The October 24, 2015, TIA meeting will be a planning meeting for the TIA elections. Everyone is asked to think about how they can best serve the group.


September 2015 Vig Sherrill & Graphene

Vig Sherrill was the featured speaker for the September 26, 2015, TIA meeting. Vig is a scientist, entrepreneur, and successful businessman. His latest venture is General Graphene and Vig spoke about graphene, which is one atom thick.


August 2015 General Meeting

The August 22, 2015, TIA meeting was an open meeting with Walt Williams from SCORE giving a presentation.