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About the inventures Team


Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area

Working with clients around the world

Since 1992, innovative leaders have trusted Inventures to help them manage their alliances and associations. These clients expand existing, or establish new, markets and business ecosystems by introducing powerful solutions.


We help leaders with starting or transitioning existing alliances, then collaborating with them to grow the alliance or association and its accompanying ecosystem. Our globally tested best practices, state-of-the-art web-based systems and worry-free services have supported alliances and associations of all sizes in a variety of industries. View our client Testimonials .


As a subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, our clients also gain access to capabilities unmatched in the industry

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The Management Team


David Schmahl

President, Inventures

David Schmahl's experience combines deep association management expertise with a background in both a tech-driven media start-up and a Fortune 50 corporation. He serves as president of Inventures, where he is responsible for strategy, service delivery and performance, and new client development.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, Inventures client organizations have access to capabilities unmatched in the industry. In addition to his role as president of Inventures, David also serves as chief executive of SmithBucklin's Technology Industry Practice, which serves technology-focused associations and user communities and delivers extraordinary value to tech users, companies and industry partners.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Deepak Kamlani

Founder, Inventures

As the founder of Inventures, Deepak Kamlani has been working with technology leaders for more than 25 years to help them expand existing, or establish new, markets and business ecosystems by building multi-stakeholder alliances focused on innovation and new technology.

Deepak has deep experience in P&L management, marketing, product development/management, and corporate and business development with leading U.S., European, and Japanese high-tech companies.

Deepak founded Inventures after the company he worked for previously, Centex Telemanagement, Inc., was acquired by MFS Communications. Prior to Centex, he was responsible for business development, technology transfer, and strategic ventures for NTT America, Inc., and served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Votrax, Inc., a supplier of integrated CTI equipment. Earlier positions include Toshiba America's telecommunications systems division, where he led the marketing team; Fujitsu GTE Business Systems, where he was responsible for developing networked voice/data products; and GTE Corporation, where, among other projects, he participated in a corporate development team involved in the acquisition of Sprint Communications. He began his career with a division of ITT Corporation in the U.K. (STC, later ICL and Northern Telecom).

Deepak was educated at The Doon School in India. He graduated with an Honors degree in Physical Chemistry from University College, University of London, and an M.S. in Management from The Imperial College, also at the University of London. He serves on the advisory boards of start-ups, provides advisory services to venture capital firms, and is a frequent speaker at technology events worldwide.

Darrell Garner

Vice President, Relationship Management

Darrell has a wealth of executive experience from services and technology companies. Following early stints in technology development roles with large telecom companies such as Pacific Bell, Darrell was President/CEO of Creative Computer Solutions, Inc. an Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relations Management software provider. Here he developed and directed all strategic initiatives including Customer Service, Training, Professional Services, Operations, and Software Development. As Principal Consultant at Taydan, LLC he was responsible for IT/ERP Solutions, Project/Program Management, Customer Support, Education and Training, Professional Services, Operational and Organizational Development, and Vendor Relationship Management. He was then at Xintex where he focused on streamlining development process, and driving channel strategies to support the transaction based business model, and at Loosehead Software, a mobile application start-up, where he was responsible for bringing a disruptive mobile platform to the mobile ecosystem through various partnerships and affiliations. Most recently Darrell was with Healy and Co, where he helped re-engineer various workflow, deployment and implementation programs to provide performance efficiencies.

Darrell holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from Saint Mary's College, Moraga.

Lory Yeakle

Vice President, Operations and Client Services

Lory Yeakle has more than 20 years of experience in high tech and emerging technologies, providing thought leadership and management across all aspects of the product development lifecycle: strategy, business planning, software design and development, quality assurance, third party alliances, marketing, brand, and customer service. She spent 17 years at IBM developing software systems, standards, and applications, working in partnership with the company's global sales team to promote and demonstrate the value of these emerging technologies to consumers and corporate customers. Lory left IBM to accept an opportunity at Visa International, where she applied her technology experience and leadership to financial payment solutions. She spent 13 years at Visa as a Sr. Vice President, developing B2B and e-commerce payment solutions, establishing a customer service division to deliver customer and member support, and growing acceptance of Visa payment technologies by demonstrating the value of emerging payment solutions through strategic merchant partnerships.

Lory graduated with high honors with a bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida. She also holds a patent for the development of an electronic B2B payment solution to support invoice driven payments.

Steve Crumb

Vice President, Executive Director

Steve Crumb joined Global Inventures after serving for five years as Executive Director and VP of Operations with the Open Grid Forum (formerly the Global Grid Forum). Steve provided strategic and tactical leadership, including facilitation of board, advisory and management steering committees. He managed alliance revenue generation, including a membership program, grants, and sponsorships.

Steve has spent more than 20 years with various high-tech companies, often applying leading-edge technologies to their business operations. As a Senior Systems Engineer at Convergys Corporation, he provided leadership to systems engineering and development teams exploring component-based development techniques. At Motorola, he worked in the corporate networking lab, serving as a test engineer for internetworking equipment and architecting many of Motorola’s first internetworks. At the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he installed and managed industrial and academic networks and was involved in the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Steve holds a degree in Computer Science from Western Kentucky University.

Stan Moyer

Vice President, Executive Director

Stan Moyer has over 24 years of experience in the communications industry. He worked for 21 years in the Applied Research area of Telcordia Technologies, where he was the strategic research program manager responsible for overseeing Telcordia's long-range R&D program and helping to monetize its output. Additionally, Stan was involved with research and business development activities related to Internet privacy, mobile messaging, digital content services and home networking. He has published over thirty technical articles in refereed journals and magazines and holds four patents..

Stan was president of the OSGi™ Alliance, an industry consortium creating specifications for the managed delivery of networked services, for five years and served on the board for an additional four years. He has held many volunteer leadership positions in the IEEE Communications Society and other parts of the IEEE during the past 15 years. Currently he is Treasurer and a member of the Board of Governors.

At Inventures, Stan serves as the Executive Director for ONVIF, OVCC, SD Card Association, and the Smart TV Alliance.

Stan received an M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine.

Kevin Schader

Vice President, Executive Director

As Vice President and Executive Director at Inventures, Kevin Schader works with a variety of consortia focused on technology, consumer electronics, and green power initiatives. He works side-by-side with consortia leadership, offering direction and counsel on a variety of strategic and operational issues.

Kevin has more than 20 years of technology experience and has an international public relations background, supporting a variety of industries including broadcast media, healthcare, security, telecommunications, and travel organizations. Past clients include EDS, Sabre Holdings, Fujitsu Network Communications, ADC, Narus, RCN, PHNS, JPS Healthcare System, GTE, ABS-CBN Global, DFW International Airport and T-Mobile Hot Spots.

Kevin graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Communications and International Studies from Southern Methodist University. He is also accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

John Ehrig

Executive Director

John Ehrig is an Operations/Executive Director, working primarily with the OpenID Foundation (OIDF), Open Identity Exchange (OIX), the OSGi Alliance, and PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA). He works closely with the boards of these organizations to define and execute strategic programs. John also helps lead marketing and ecosystem development, and participates in technical, best practices, and baseline working groups, and anchors the Inventures' operational service.

John joined Inventures in 2004, serving as the Enterprise Grid Alliance (EGA) program manager. He participated in the merger of the Enterprise Grid Alliance with the Global Grid Forum, working on many aspects of structuring the new organization, the Open Grid Forum (OGF). He then served as OGF's enterprise program manager to foster adoption of grid technology in the enterprise data center.

Prior to joining Inventures, John worked as Director of Product Management for Symmetricom, the worldwide leader in telecommunications network synchronization equipment, where he led the development of a $30 million-per-year product line, and later headed the company’s corporate marketing department. Previously he served as Director of Marketing and Sales for Coastcom, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer.

John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. In his free time, John can be found roaming the mountains of the western U.S. in pursuit of his other passion, rock climbing.

We Make a Difference

Since 1992, innovative leaders have trusted Inventures to help them expand existing, or establish new, markets by introducing powerful solutions.

We help leaders with starting or transitioning existing alliances, then collaborating with them to grow the alliance or association and its accompanying ecosystem. Our globally tested best practices, state-of-the-art web-based systems and worry-free services have supported alliances, associations and business ecosystems of all sizes in a variety of industries.

As a subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other, our clients gain access to capabilities unmatched in the industry.




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