About The Innovation Garage®

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The Innovation Garage® is a strategy, innovation and growth firm that partners with its clients
in the design of products, process, service, and supply chain solutions.

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At The Innovation Garage®, we build your organizations capability for

Strategy

We build strategy. Starting with Why, then working backwards to How.

Leadership

We guide leaders from startup, non-profit, privately held and the globally publicly traded to intentionally self-disrupt their offerings and organizations for growth.

Teams

We build up and coach the capability of new leaders and their teams.

Design

We design products, processes, services and supply chains.

Profitability

We make organizations more profitable.

Growth

We provide world class education, tools, tech and expert consulting to craft operating systems focused on long-term growth.

The Innovation Garage®

  • Collaborates with Clients & Industry Leaders
  • Drives Open Innovation Design of New Products, Processes & Services
  • Provides Growth Education & Systems to scale
  • Collaborates with clients to solve their growth challenges

Vision

To be recognized as a premier business innovation firm partnering with industry leaders, driving creative thinking that adds value, and generating long term growth of our clients.

Mission

Make Things. Make Things Better. Teach Others.®

To deliver unique product, process, service, and supply chain solutions through a powerful combination of unique systems designed to Innovate – Accelerate – Execute – Amplify® our clients’ long term growth.

About Founder and Proprietor Jon Washington

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Jon Washington

Founder & Proprietor

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 organization growth goals with strategy, targeted education with applied Systems Science to help teams execute on their growth goals.

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

Jon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Polymer Specialization from the University of Akron and his Master of Business Administration in Operations and International Business from Malone University.

In addition to obtaining his Innovation Master Black Belt in Innovation Education from the Innovation Engineering Institute, he currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Baldwin Wallace University’s Center for Innovation and Growth.

Jon has worked with non-profits, mid-market companies and Fortune 1000 organizations. Some representative organizations are;

Toyota, Harley-Davidson, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Diebold Nixdorf, Business Units of Hallmark and Mars Foods, Dräger, Curlin Medical, Yazaki Automotive, Timekeeping Systems, DRB Systems, Procurement Leaders Network, Aberdeen Executive Summits, COSE Inc-Fuse, FirstEnergy, Navair, The Telos Alliance, Akron Children’s Hospital, Neogen, Design for Manufacturing Summits, Select USA Investment Summits and MakerFaire with The Henry Ford.

The strategy consulting, team building and education experience includes:

  • Leadership and coaching of CXO level leaders and teams.
  • Innovation Education, Systems and coaching for startups to the global Fortune 50.
  • Organizational Growth and Innovation Strategy with applied System Science.
  • Initiatives to accelerate speed to market.
  • Product, Process, Service and Supply Chain Design and Scaling
  • Design of complex system solutions including software & hardware.
  • Initiatives to program manage enterprise wide cost savings programs, with thousands of projects in play.
  • 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 in 2012 to help organizations focus on long-term growth.

The teams The Innovation Garage® has built include design and collaboration with others on over 125+ U.S. patents. These unique innovations have generated over $1B in positive margin revenue and $350M+ in cost and service life cycle savings.

Jon also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Baldwin Wallace University’s Center for Innovation & Growth, and mentor’s start ups with community impact programs with the JumpStart organization.

The Innovation Garage® team also supports the Inclusioneers, a non profit founded in partnership with the local developmental disabilities board that uses volunteer engineers from university and industry to build adaptive equipment for special needs children.

Jon is most proud and blessed to be supported in this journey by his closest and most trusted growth advisors. These advisors offer the the close in insight, support, guidance and fresh perspectives that are the key to helping him help others to be successful. His wife of 22 years, Kris, and their three children Alec, Aaron, and Alaina.

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