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About The Author........Bob Merrick
Bob Merrick successfully developed and marketed his own inventions for more than twenty-five years. He did this as head of Merrick Industries, Inc., a six-employee company in Sunnyvale, California. The company did no manufacturingin-house; rather,it outsourced all production, and concentrated on marketing. Merrick maintains that simplicity is the key element in all of his inventing, and the reason for its success. Today his retail products are sold nationally in such stores as Office Depot, Staples and Office Max. Merrick Industries also conducted business-to-business marketing of promotional advertising products. In July 2000 Merrick Industries, Inc. was sold and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moore Push-Pin Company of Pennsylvania.Frequently, Merrick is an invited guest speaker at government and university sponsored seminars and workshops. He is also in demand as a consultant.


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Merrick's background includes a BA degree in communications from the University of California at Berkeley, four years active duty as a naval officer, including a tour as an adviser in Vietnam, six years as advertising manager at Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., and three years as a partner in the Hal Lawrence Advertising and Public Relations agency in Palo Alto. In addition to running his company, he is active in real estate development and management. He served 10 years as a founder and director of Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan of San Jose. He was president of the nonprofit California Inventors Council and a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business.He has three grown children, and four grandchildren. His hobbies are tennis, paddle tennis, golf and travel. He lives in Monta Vista, CA