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IACT Presents

Who:  Gary van Deursen, founder, Van Deursen LLC
What: Invent and Design For Success
Where: Fairfield University Library, Room 107C
When:  Thursday, February 24, 2011; 7:00 PM. Admission is free.

Invent and Design For Success

Lessons learned from the corporate world....GE, Black & Decker, Coleman, Stanley, Bostitch, DeWalt, American Safety Razor, Sunrise Medical, Briggs & Stratton and more

Presentation Brief:

Gary Van Deursen is a successful corporate innovator and designer who has learned a lot during his career as a corporate design chief at various major consumer products companies. He played an integral role in the design and commercialization of a number of winning products such as GE's "Spacemaker" line, "Cup-at-a-Time" and the first "Auto-Shut-Off Iron". At The Stanley Works, he designed the award winning "Tripod Flashlights" which became the most successful new product in company history. And at Coleman his Pack-Away lanterns helped turn around the company's slumping battery operated lighting business. These and other successes and lessons learned will be shared by Gary at the meeting.


Gary van Deursen is a recognized leader in the field of innovation and design. In 2006 he founded Van Deursen LLC, an industrial design, new product innovation and brand consultancy with a diverse client roster that includes consumer, industrial and medical companies. The firm is located in Essex, CT. Van Deursen currently holds over 60 US patents and numerous international patents for innovation and design. He has been a consistent 'Design Excellence' award winner from the IDSA.

Gary van Deursen has worked for various companies prior to founding his consulting firm, including the design firm of Dorwin Teague, General Electric Houswares, Black & Decker, Coleman, and The Stanley Works.

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