What People Say

Client Testimonials

Neogen is a 30 year old company but the idea of a PMO is a new concept. Bringing in The Innovation Garage to help us set the foundation was just what we needed. By working with us for three months we went from the concept phase through the crawl phase and are now walking on our own. The tools and processes we learned are now being used not only in the PMO but in other areas throughout the company as well. Thanks Innovation Garage for setting us up for future success!

Bill Hoerner
Senior Director of Project Management
Neogen, Incorporated

Thanks for the great innovation training experience… all positive remarks from the crew!

Division Section Officer
US Military Logistics & Warfighter Enablement Organization

Great balance of letting us talk and keeping us on track – I’m sure that is difficult! Learning lots and feeling inspired and empowered!

Innovation & Growth Project Leader
Publically Traded Food Sciences Company

I can’t recommend the Innovation Garage enough to an organization that is open to the idea of deep self exploration, is willing to make significant changes in how the team approaches problems and potentially WHO they want to carry forward through the process. The discovery process and the journey through the learning experience provided a template for the group going forward and we are still bearing fruit every day from the collaborative, learning approach that has been brought to our organization.Sc

Scott Stiefel
Chief Operating Officer
Telos Alliance

The Innovation Garage team  made every individual feel valued and important and allowed them to take ownership of the process. Looking back I am amazed at the changes in the organization from the top down that took place as the team learned, grew stronger, and realized who was the correct fit for where we wanted to go. Some changes were painful but like exercise there is always that period of soreness as you push yourself to the limits of where you want to go. The approach to teaching, coaching, and the level of hands on work and learning  was not a one-size fits all approach. The team spent an enormous amount of time learning about the org, the people, the processes, and our collective goals BEFORE providing guidance.

Scott Stiefel
Chief Operating Officer
Telos Alliance

It is difficult to describe the breadth of the learning that occurred over the past 2 years or more. The Innovation Garage teams skills and leadership inspired a significant change in how the organization thought about process, product development, teamwork, supply chain, operations and problem solving. The progress made was tangible and produced a sea-change in the culture and performance of the organization.

Scott Stiefel
Chief Operating Office
Telos Alliance

The result was to help spur a direct and clear increase in idea quantity during the first 2 days of the CREATE session earlier this week. The CREATE innovation team generated 160 Yellow Cards (ideas), nearly 40% more than past projects. With Innovation Systems, Creativity and Execution, quantity breeds quality; so… we saw that play out as we ended up with six ideas that were unique enough to go right into the “fail-fast, fail-cheap” weekly project meetings, where we seek to move those ideas to a “go” for product development within ~8 weeks.

SVP, Marketing
Fortune 500 Consumer Products Company

Thank you for continuing to drive value across our entire organization!

EVP, Direct Report to CEO
$15B+ Fortune 200 Company

Class was very educational. Appreciate the pace and the ability to stray from topic to focus on applications for our business!

Innovation & Growth Project Leader
Publically Traded Food Sciences Company

You’ve grown our innovation pipeline and done in four days what normally takes us six months to do!

Fortune 100 Consumer Packaged Goods Company

We’re glad you’re here… You give us hope for our future!

EVP, Product Design
Global Fortune 50

From The Innovation Garage®, we learned many valuable tools that we have applied to our project management office. The Innovation Garage helped us define a strategy to implement a PMO within our organization.

Project Manager
Publically Traded Food Sciences Company

The Innovation Garage was a good resource for us to set up the framework for our PMO Project.

Project Manager
Publically Traded Food Sciences Company

The 90 Day workshop series was very helpful in helping our Company lay down the foundations for an enterprise PMO. Very pleased with the outcome!

Publically Traded Food Sciences Company

Jon and Mike made the class very educational and fun. The learning atmosphere was relaxed stress free. A lot of information in a short time but a lot of understanding by the participants. All were able to garner information that is usable on a day to day basis. The information was presented in a very informal way but yet was very structured. You could see the light bulb come on for the attendees as they related topics to the daily “grind.”

Larry Litke
Quality Director
Grand River Rubber & Plastics

This course presented a lot of great information and techniques for stimulating innovation, and it was presented in a lively manner.

Ben Invergo
Director of Technology and Product Development (PHD)
Chromascape, Inc

What TechCred Ohio Students Say

I found this class very informative, and the instructor’s ability to relate to the class and teach and not just lecture is invaluable.

I would recommend Innovation Garage to anyone that is looking to expand their learning.

Product Design Engineer
Global Motor Manufacturer

The training generated a lot of enthusiasm around new product development in a wide group of people. Several new product ideas and product improvements were generated that will be further developed. This should lead to a few new products in the development pipeline.

Design Research Director
Biotechnology Company

I’ve seen a lot of the content throughout my career but in something akin to seeds scattered across a field. It was great to see it as a cohesive whole, i.e., nice to see the forest along with the trees.

Design Engineering Leader
DoD Manufacturing Organization

The Project Management training I participated in was a very good match to what I and the company needed. It allowed me to build the communication language and understand tools and approaches that I use every day. Those tools and ideas make my work much more efficient and give me the confidence to discuss topics involving different trade off and point of views. I would recommend Innovation Garage trainings to anybody who has not had a chance to be exposed to the PM knowledge base before. Thank you, Innovation Garage!

Project Manager
Global Broadcast Equipment Manufacturer and Services Provider

I highly recommend working with The Innovation Garage. As a new, smaller business, we knew we wanted to expand our knowledge, but we weren’t sure exactly what path to take. Working closely with IG, we felt heard and listened to. I felt like the curriculum was very organically developed and created just for us. The scheduling was organized, accommodating, and effectively covered a lot of material in a condensed period of time- and yet, nothing felt rushed or over-saturated. The online classes felt so detailed and informative and tailored to our exact needs. It wasn’t a standard catalogue of online course material, it was responsive and interactive. I felt the program had exceedingly high value, it was worth the cost and investment, without a doubt.

Kristen O'Halloran
Atlas Lading

This course is definitely for everyone in the designing/engineering field to streamline your designs and processes. The tools and information supplied are an asset that you will begin applying in more areas of your life than just designing and manufacturing.

DFM/DFA Design Engineer
DoD Manufacturing Organization

Comments from Seminar or Keynote Attendees

“One of my favorite things about the course and content is the ways it challenges you to think – but that in that it removes all barriers. You have to think about how you would bring this to market if there weren’t any limitations. That kind of thinking is freeing and helps you get excited about the opportunity. I feel like every time I have applied the training I have found myself thinking “this will really work – it is a good business idea.”

Innovation Research Leader
Publically Traded Biotechnology Organization

The 101 program helped me to see things differently and rethink approaches to our current process.

Senior Content Strategist
Privately Held Communications Technology Company

An excellent opportunity to interact with functional peers and gain better understanding of industry trends.

Director of Global Procurement

I very much appreciate the intense and insightful overview on innovation.

Fortune 500 Manufacturer

What a gift for everyone to hear your message, then quickly reflect on their personal journey with their respective companies! Thank you for amplifying uniqueness, collaboration & innovation.

Mike Galina
Aultman Healthcare Network

Innovation requires resilience & determination. The presentation was great for providing me with a process that can help our clients.

Rob Johnston
3D Business Accelerator

Time well spent!

Vice President & Supply Chain Leader
Fortune 500 Organization

Great presenter! Highly relevant.

Chief Supply Chain Officer
Publically Traded Bio Pharma Company

So many ideas in so little time

Chief Innovation Officer, Publicly Traded Energy Company

Story is a good one. Great content and examples and presented in a clear and well articulated manner.

Insightful. Very brave new approach

VP, Operations
Publically Traded Manufacturing Organization

Excellent presentation, some truly innovative stuff

Innovation Section Leader
US Military Warfighter Enablement Organization

Enjoyed learning about supplier collaboration and innovation.

Strategic Sourcing Category Procurement Leader
Midwest Regional Hospital Network

Good balance of theory and practice.

VP Operational Excellence
Global Fortune 50, Automotive Manufacturing Organization

Thought-provoking & very insightful.

Chief Technology Officer
Global Financial Self Service Organization

Great details with very good content and road-map on what to do.

Vice President Supplier Innovation
Publically Traded Global Aircraft Manaufacturer

Very interesting and innovative.

Strategic Acquisitions and Growth Executive
Global Technology Company

Thanks for sharing insights we can use. Outstanding!

Vice President Innovation & Growth
Privately Held Automotive Services Organization

What STEM and STEAM Students Say

I learned that I can persevere in my faith or sports when we are losing bad. I can also persevere when my faith is tested.


This made me realize that I would really like a job as an engineer. This helped me find that making a product was easier than I thought.


What I learned makes a connection to my life because I now know I am capable of coming up with good ideas and working towards them.


I learned marketing strategies to grab somebody’s attention.


I learned that hard work will pay off. I thought inventing was easy. It’s hard, but not impossible. I will work harder on what I love to do.


I learned that I don’t enjoy creating new products. This helps me to rule that out as a career.


This helped me a lot. When I’m older, I want to take over my dad’s business and now I know how to advertise. I can help my dad right now with a new website design.


I could use what I learned for my graphic design career.


I now know things that I didn’t know before. It gives me confidence to grow farther and beyond the project.


When I was making the model, I really liked it and I think I could make things for a living.


I learned that I can be creative and invent products that can help others. I learned that I am a very creative person.


I learned that with success comes innovation and eventually, hopefully a better, safer future. I know that I will have some failures with my concept, but with my failures later comes success, and learning to excel. I plan to develop aircraft for missionaries to reach remote villages as an engineer.


I didn’t understand innovation before, but now I do, because I’m an inventor.


I was surprised at how boring it was. I hate business because I don’t like to work hard, I thought it was easy, but it’s not.


I learned that I can be a leader.


I’m not going to work with creating new inventions, that just doesn’t seem cool at all.


I loved learning about Google Trends and how to use the Internet to research my ideas.


With this project, I realized that any idea can be innovative, no matter how big or how small.


The most fun moment was when we estimated how much of a profit we would make. I learned that I like money.


Success with the project will help me with my goals in life, because if I can do this, I can do anything.


I learned that you need to give it your all, and that you can create anything as long as you try.


What surprised me was how energetic our group was, and how fun we made everything.


It helps me realize that in my life if I share my ideas with others, I might be more successful. It encourages me to work hard at whatever I do, even if it is difficult and to do my best. I should aspire to accomplish my goals no matter what may stand in my way.