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Inventures is an alliance and association management company offering companies, industry communities, and standards-setting organizations access to seasoned management professionals and new ways to collaborate. Inventures helps clients create and manage ecosystems, drive stakeholder collaboration, build new markets and manage your 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.


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 community or ecosystem. Our expertise ranges from creating startup consortia and standard-setting organizations to managing alliances and associations. You'll do more with Inventures.

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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 hdpv 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 Women in Thoracic zigbee


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.

Stan Moyer

Vice President, Ecosystem Development & Collaboration

Stan Moyer is Vice President, Ecosystem Development & Collaboration at Inventures. In this role, Stan oversees Inventures executive directors, program managers, marketing directors, and certification directors who support Inventures technology collaboration clients. Stan also serves as the executive director for the Open Security & Safety Alliance and SD Card Association and 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. Prior to joining Inventures, Stan was the President and on the Board of an Inventures’ client, the OSGi Alliance.

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 helping to monetize 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 25 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.

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 joined Inventures in 2009 and as Vice President, Operations and Client Services, Lory is accountable for delivery and service quality of all operational support to meet our client needs; membership and financial management services, IT services and support, and customer service help desk.

Prior to joining Inventures, Lory 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 B.S. 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 has over 15 years of experience launching, managing and consulting collaborative organizations.  Steve is the founding Executive Director of COVESA (formerly GENIVI Alliance) and has served organizations in a variety of industries including automotive software, transportation network, wireless power, universal communications, smart electrical grids and smart cities. Steve provides his clients 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. Steve has started several new alliances and associations with headquarters in the US and Europe.  Steve joined Inventures in 2008 after serving for five years as Executive Director and VP of Operations with the Open Grid Forum. 

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 healthcare initiatives. Today, he supports the DoseID Consortium, Mopria Alliance, ONVIF, and SD Association. He also supported several other clients, including ROEV, Thread Group and the ZigBee 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 often consults with new clients seeking to start a new alliance.

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 a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

John Ehrig

Executive Director

John joined Inventures in 2004 and has served as executive director for many clients over his 15 year tenure. 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. In his free time, John can be found in pursuit of his other passion, rock climbing the mountains of the western US..

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Empower our clients to achieve their missions through a full suite of management services that accelerate collaboration and results. 

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