The Innovation Garage, LLC is a BBB Accredited Business Consultant in Clinton, OH




Jon Washington is founder and proprietor of The Innovation Garage®, with 25+ years experience in intra and entrepreneurial product, process, service and supply chain solution delivery.

Jon is passionate in helping others achieve business growth goals with Innovation Education and Systems Science.

He also works with non-profit and grade school science, technology,  education and math (STEM) programs to inspire careers in technology and entrepreneurship.

Jon has worked with non-profits, mid market companies and Fortune 1000 organizations such as Toyota, Harley-Davidson,  Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Diebold, Business Units of Hallmark and Mars Foods, Drager, Curlin Medical, Yazaki Automotive, Timekeeping Systems, DRB Systems, Procurement Leaders Network, Aberdeen Executive Summits, COSE Inc-Fuse, Design for Manufacturing and Select USA Investment Summits and MakerFaire with The Henry Ford.

The project experience includes:

  • Leadership and coaching of CXO level leaders and teams.
  • Innovation Education, Systems and coaching for startups to the global fortune 50.
  • Business Growth and Innovation Strategy with applied System Science.
  • Initiatives to accelerate speed to market.
  • Product, Process, Service and Supply Chain Design and Engineering.
  • Design of complex system solutions including software & hardware.
  • Initiatives to program manage enterprise wide cost savings programs.
  • Processes for advanced technology to meet product Launch cost targets.
  • Supplier Selection and Matching to advanced technology roadmaps.
  • Open Innovation Programs to accelerate speed to market.
  • Global Procurement, Logistics & Supply Chain Development.
  • Collaborative Negotiation, Contract Design, and Enterprise Risk Programs.
  • M&A Due Diligence for Private Equity Investment. 

Prior corporate experience includes working for Goodyear, Telxon Corporation, and Diebold in various design, program management, and supply chain leadership roles. Jon was also co-founder of Design Dynamics, an Akron based product development consultancy.

The Innovation Garage® was launched to help clients focus on long-term growth through innovation.

The Innovation Garage® portfolio and the teams we have built include design and collaboration with others on over 120+ U.S. patents that have generated over $1B in positive margin revenue and $300M in cost and service life cycle savings.

The idea of The Innovation Garage® was co-developed with the help of three very trusted business advisors – Jon's wife & kids.

During a family dinner at a local restaurant Jon's boys suggested starting a company.

​When he asked his boys for a business name, they flipped over their menus, writing and capturing their ideas.

He then asked them to pick the best name they could think of and handed them a business card.

Jon's then 10 year old son wrote Innovation Garage in crayon on the back of the card.

The name was trademarked soon after, and the shop was opened…or should we say The Innovation Garage®.

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