Keynote Speaker: John Nottingham Biography


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      John Nottingham is a co-founder and Co-President of Nottingham Spirk, a leading business innovation firm with nearly 1,000 commercialized patents. The Nottingham Spirk "Vertical Innovation" process has helped client / partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales.

      John and his NS innovation team have co-created such award winning innovations as SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer SweeperVac, the largest selling floor care appliance; Scott's Snap Spreader System; dozens of Dirt Devil / Hoover products; Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour, named one of the Top 10 Package Innovations of the Decade; MTD Troy-Bilt FLEX, the first modular outdoor power equipment system; CardioInsight EC Vue, the first non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping system (a technology originally created at Case Western Reserve University); ViewRay, the first MRI guided radiation therapy device; and HeathSpot, the world’s first retail telemedicine / medical device system.

      John serves on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, CWRU Technology Commercialization Visiting Committee, CWRU Think[box] Advisory Board, Great lakes Biomimicry Board, boards of the Cleveland Institute of Art and University Circle Inc., as well as several private equity company boards of directors.

      As the lead patent holder on hundreds of US and international patents, John was recently recognized by Crain’s as one of the top ten individual patent holders in Northeast Ohio. John is an inductee of the Inside Business Hall of Fame. He has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company