About Inventures

Inventures offers companies, standard-setting organizations and user/development communities access to the world's pre-eminent technology community professionals and solutions. We help you advance emerging and existing technologies by creating and managing ecosystems, driving stakeholder collaboration and building new markets. Whatever your goals, we can provide a customizable set of resources that are unmatched in the industry, and our business practices and approaches provide the expertise, speed and leverage to help your organization achieve its vision. 


We are the only company that can provide the customizable solutions necessary to help you achieve objectives across the life-cycle spectrum of any given technology or ecosystem. Our expertise ranges from creating startup consortia and standard-setting organizations to managing user/development communities. You'll do more with Inventures. 



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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.

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.

At Inventures, Stan currently serves as the Executive Director for ONVIF, SD Card Association, and the IoT Ready Alliance. Past clients include the OVCC, LoRa Alliance, and the Smart TV Alliance.

Prior to coming to Inventures, Stan was president of the OSGi™ Alliance for five years and served on the board for a total of ten years. He has held many volunteer leadership positions in the IEEE Communications Society and other parts of the IEEE during the past 20 years. Currently he is Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society.

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.

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