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Norm Etkind, is an amateur inventor and founding president of InventVermont. His recognition of the need for inventors to help each other and get the outside assistance necessary to succeed prompted him to work to create this organization. Norm works for the Vermont Superintendents Association as director of the School Energy Management program. In this role he works with school personnel throughout the state on improving their school's use of energy and consideration of renewable technologies. He holds several certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers in energy management, energy auditing, building commissioning and sustainable development.

Thomas G. Ference, resides in Essex Junction, VT. Dr. Ference is a registered patent agent with the USPTO and sole member of Vermont Patent Agent, LLC. In prior employment he worked for several startup companies, including TeraComm Research, Inc. and Interphase Technologies, Inc. He also was a materials engineer at IBM for 10 years. He has licensed and sold some of his inventions and is currently co-developing several other inventions. Dr. Ference is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Materials Science. He has over 40 US patents issued or pending and 13 technical publications. Dr. Ference has extensive experience in taking technologies from laboratory scale experiments to manufactured products. His interest in InventVermont is to develop a mechanism within Vermont that will better network inventors with the resources they need to commercialize their ideas.

Dennis Bouldin, retired from IBM with over 25 years as an engineer-scientist and engineering manager. While at IBM he was a member of the Invention Review board for a number of years, was a technical adviser regarding Intellectual Property issues with partner companies, and authored or co-authored several patents. Since his retirement, Dennis has brought his technical interests and expertise to community groups such as Invent Vermont and the Essex Town Energy Committee. His educational background includes a B.A. and Ph.D. in physics.

Jerome Cann, has more than 20 years of hardware, software, electrical, test and intellectual property experience in the aerospace, defense, intelligence, microelectronics and information technology fields. Jerome's expertise is in the integration of systems used to collect, analyze and report information in a wide variety of applications, ranging from aircraft performance and weapons systems, to acoustic and electromagnetic signal intercept systems, to semiconductor test, power and instrumentation systems, to intellectual property disclosure, discovery and data mining systems. Jerome is currently responsible for IBM's Intellectual Property Law information technology systems, developing new applications for managing and licensing IBM's intellectual property.


President: Norm Etkind
Vice President: Tom Ference
Treasurer: Derek Simonds
Secretary: Dennis Bouldin

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