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About Us

Inventures offers companies, industry communities and standard-setting organizations access to seasoned professionals and solutions. We help you create and manage ecosystems, driving stakeholder collaboration and build 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 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.


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 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 currently serves as Executive Director of the GENIVI Alliance and has served organizations in a variety of industries including automotive, 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 with headquarters in the US and Europe including PRIME Alliance, City Protocol Society, and Urban Movement Labs.

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.

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. Today, he supports the Mopria Alliance, ONVIF, ROEV Association and SD Association. He also supported several other clients, including the 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 is the Executive Director of the OSGi Alliance, the Open Authentication Technical Committee (OATC), and the CollabForum – a nonprofit hosting organization serving multiple types of collaborative organizations. He works closely with each board to define the short and long-term strategic direction and annual goals for the organization and lead the operational programs required to achieve success. John is also actively working to help launch an organization to address new opportunities in the TV industry.

John joined Inventures in 2004 serving as program manager for the Enterprise Grid Alliance and subsequently has been instrumental in launching and/or working for several other Inventures clients in the roll of Executive Director. 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. Previously he was 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 in pursuit of his other passion, rock climbing the mountains of the western US.