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About Us


Inventures is an alliance and association management firm offering companies, industry communities, and standards-setting organizations access to seasoned management professionals and new ways to collaborate.

We help clients create and manage ecosystems, drive stakeholder collaboration, build new markets and manage day-to-day operations. Whatever your goals, Inventures provides a full suite of customizable and efficient management services built upon best practices that are unmatched in the industry. Whatever your need, Inventures has the expertise, speed, and resources to help your organization achieve its vision.

 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Inventures has launched more than 50 organizations and managed more than 100 international client organizations. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Smithbucklin, an AMC Institute Accredited Company.

 

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Our Client Experience

For more than 25 years, we’ve launched or provided management to numerous alliances, associations and collaborative organizations across a wide variety of industries. As pioneers, we've worked closely with clients from around the world and used best practices as well as worry-free services that inspired collaboration and accelerated results.

ADI Autosar bioit city protocol society Climatetalk COVESA DoseID e-merge enocean genivi i3forum idesg imtc innovation iot Ipana lora mopria moca oatc onvif openid ossa osgi ovcc prime rove sd sigis smarttv snia ssi thread tizen uci westcost wimedia Wireless Broadband Women in Thoracic zigbee

 

Leadership Team


Stan Moyer

President

Stan Moyer combines a strong background in technology management with many years of experience in technology alliances, societies, and associations. He serves as President of Inventures, where he is responsible for strategy, service delivery and performance, and new client development.

Stan also serves as the Executive Director for two Inventures clients, the Open Security & Safety Alliance and SD Card Association, and he continues to create and launch new technology alliances. Since joining Inventures in 2011, Stan has helped create and launch many new technology alliances and has served as Executive Director for several of those technology alliances.

Stan has over 25 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 facilitating monetization of its output. He is a member of the IEEE and has held many volunteer Board and other leadership positions in the IEEE Communications Society and other parts of the IEEE during the past 30 years.

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.

Steve Crumb

Vice President, Client Services

As Vice President, Client Services, Steve Crumb oversees the information technology services delivered to Inventures’ clients. These services range from client-specific applications to a secure and available infrastructure for web sites, communications, and membership/financial management. 

Steve is also an active Executive Director and consultant for a variety of associations and technical alliances. Over the past 15 years, he has formed, led or consulted more than 15 multi-stakeholder collaborations in various industries including automotive software, transportation network, wireless power, universal communications, smart electrical grids, and smart cities. Steve provides his clients with strategic and tactical leadership, including facilitation of board, advisory and management steering committees. He also manages alliance revenue generation, including membership programs, grants, and sponsorships. 

Prior to joining Inventures, Steve served as Executive Director and Vice President of Operations with the Open Grid Forum. Steve’s career has been sprinkled with a number of leading edge technologies. He became a mentor to a software engineering team leveraging component-based development methodologies. He served as a Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications specializing in internetworking and participated in several IESF working groups. He also helped build and manage Motorola’s first corporate networking lab and launched some of its first TCP/IP networks and servers. 

Steve holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Western Kentucky University and has several advanced technical certifications.

Kevin Schader

Vice President, Ecosystem Development & Collaboration

As Vice President, Ecosystem Development & Collaboration, Kevin Schader oversees Inventures’ executive directors, marketing and certification executives, program and events managers, supporting Inventures’ clients. Kevin also serves as Executive Director for the DoseID Consortium, Mopria Alliance, ONVIF, and provides communications counsel for the SD Association. He also supported several other clients, including ROEV, Thread Group, and the ZigBee Alliance (now Connectivity Standards Alliance). Kevin works side-by-side with consortia leadership, offering direction and counsel on a variety of strategic ecosystem development, marketing, and operational issues. He regularly consults with new clients seeking to start a new alliance or association.

Kevin has more than 25 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.

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

John Ehrig

Executive Director

John Ehrig joined Inventures in 2004 and has served as Executive Director for many clients over the years. He is currently the Executive Director of the West Coast Lumber & Building Materials Association (WCLBMA) and the Inventures CollabForum – a non-profit hosting organization serving multiple types of collaborative organizations. John works closely with his client boards to define the short and long-term strategic direction and annual goals for the organization and lead the operational programs required to achieve success.

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 $30m/year product line and later headed the corporate marketing department.

John graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.    

Traci Renner

Executive Director, Marketing

As Executive Director, Marketing, Traci Renner provides strategic planning and execution of marketing, branding and communications programs for Inventures’ technology alliance and association clients. Her expertise includes organization messaging and positioning, brand identity, content strategy and creation, social media, and creating impactful internal and external communications programs that help drive and achieve business results.

Traci has more than 25 years of strategic marketing and communications experience. She has worked in a variety of industries including corporate, wireless and mobile technology, consumer technology, nonprofit and financial services, among others. Before joining Inventures, Traci spent 15 years at Golin, a leading communications agency, where she led many technology accounts providing strategic counsel and developing comprehensive public relations programs for clients.

Traci holds a B.A. degree in Communications from California State University at Fullerton.    

Tom Sciorilli

Executive Director, Certification

Tom Sciorilli combines a strong background in manufacturing, quality and test with more than 10 years of experience developing and leading world-class certification programs for technology organizations. He joined Inventures in 2015 as Executive Director, Certification and currently serves as Certification Director for Thread Group, a leading technology alliance client. Before joining Inventures, Tom led the Wi-Fi Certified™ test program and technical operations at Wi-Fi Alliance.

Tom has more than 25 years of technology experience in roles spanning engineering, program management and leadership. He spent over 15 years in the semiconductor industry, working on development of microprocessors, memories and mobile products at Intel and Marvell.

Tom holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.     

Jessica Esparza

Director, Operations

Jessica Esparza joined Inventures in 2010 and as Director, Operations, she manages the business operations team providing membership, financial management, and customer service support for various clients. With more than 10 years of customer service experience, Jessica has a keen focus on service excellence, which she achieves alongside her team providing proactive, professional support for Inventures’ alliance and association clients.

Prior to becoming Director, Operations, Jessica has served in various positions at Inventures including certification specialist and membership support. She has also provided committee support for multiple member-based clients supporting their committee chairs and work group initiatives.

Jessica graduated from California State University, East Bay with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.     

Rusi Kelly

Director, Program Management

Rusi Kelly joined Inventures in 2009 and is currently the Program Director for Thread Group, one of the company’s largest technology alliance clients. She helped launch Thread Group in 2014 and currently works side-by-side with the Board and Executive committee to facilitate key initiatives and programs. She is also responsible for financial management and overall organizational health.

Rusi has more than 12 years of experience in alliance management including strategic guidance, program management, finance, and membership support. Over the years, she has served more than ten client organizations across a variety of industries including wireless technology, automotive, and healthcare.

Rusi holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University.