About...

Steve Divnick has always made things. He grew up welding, cutting, machining, and modifying everything from bicycles to electrical wiring circuits. As a teenager and in his 20's, he built and raced motorcycles and off-road vehicles, and made them go faster and climb steeper. He developed a reputation for being able to "fix anything with a pair of pliers and some bailing wire." If you were on a safari and your vehicle broke down, you would want Divnick to be on the trip!

After college, he taught physical eduction and was a guidance counselor at high schools in California and Michigan from 1973 to 1981 with a masters degree along the way. Even though he loved teaching, Divnick was drawn to his passion for mechanical creativity. He took a 2-year leave-of-absence from teaching in 1981 to devote more time to making and marketing his products. That leave-of-absence has now stretched out over several decades and developed into several international businesses.

Divnick has invented and patented a variety of products for world-wide distribution through licensing agreements or companies he has formed.

Along the way, he came to understand that, while inventing and developing products was a great outlet for his creativey, business and marketing is the key to success.

He enjoys speaking to business groups and colleges about inventing, marketing, and self-employment with a motivational emphasis.

Product lines and inventions are reviewed further down this page.

Hobbies include golfing, boating, and time with his five adult children, several grandchildren, and extended family.

Pickup-Van Custom Vehicle

One of the early creations was a prototype "Ultimate Truck Van" which became known as the "Ultruvan". It led the way to designs used today for tow vehicles in the RV industry as well as show-horse trailers. This "Ultruvan" was featured in magazines in the 1970's. Click here to see more pictures of the building process.

The Auto Light Sentry - Headlight Alert System

Another invention in the 1970's was an automotive alarm system that buzzed if the lights were left on after the engine was shut off. He called his original design, "The Auto Light Sentry" and sold it as an aftermarket kit that could be installed on existing cars. He first provided them to fellow teachers so they would remember to turn their lights off on foggy mornings. Orders began coming in from everywhere. The auto industry learned about it, and within 2 years they started offering it as an option on Cadillacs and other luxury cars, and within 5 years, it became a standard in the automotive industry. Modern digital versions are now standard features on every car sold in the world.

SLICK 50 and Demo Engines

While still a teacher in 1980, Divnick tried his hand at selling SLICK-50, a product that treated engines with Teflon to reduce friction and increase mileage. But he wasn't very successful using the company sales-pitch that was mostly talk, so he came up with a plastic window on the side of a lawn mower engine so people could see it running without oil...for hours at a time! This demonstration device helped him become the largest distributor in SLICK-50's history. Divnick purchased truck-loads of these engines from Briggs & Stratton and hired students to modify them with the customized see-through glass window shown here. He sold the demo engines to fellow distributors all over the world. SLICK-50 is now sold in major department store chains and the see-through engines are still used to demonstrate Teflon metal-coating products.

Flight

Divnick became an instrument-rated pilot in 1982. He flew his Cessna 210, fully loaded with Slick 50 demo engines, to cities from Maine to California where he held product and recruiting events. He developed a passion for vertical take-off-and-landing aircraft (VTOL) that continues today. He has experimented with models and believes a full version of his design will lift the payload of a helicopter and match the airspeed of a fixed wing airplane.


Rotary Engine

Another long-term project is developing a rotary cylinder combustion engine that Divnick believes will improve on the efficiency and emissions drawbacks of the Wankel/Mazda design. When completed, it could be as little as 1/3rd the weight, have 1/2 the moving parts, and produce 50% more power than a conventional engine on the same amount of fuel. His goal is to challenge the traditional automotive engine market and have a light-weight dependable power plant for his VTOL aircraft. Of course, this would also go a long ways in reducing the world's dependency on oil.


Fund Raising

In 1985, he created and patented a fund-raising device called the "Spiral Wishing Well". Thousands of Wells have been sold to stores, restaurants, charities, museums, zoos, and many other locations. They have raised over $1 billion for charities around the world. The one-day record is currently over $40,000! He added a miniature toy model in 1987, shown below. This product line continues to be one of Divnick's favorite because the money raised has done such wonderful things...from saving lives with transplants, sending blind children to summer camp, and much more. By the way, Divnick never receives any ongoing splits...100% of the money raised always goes to the listed charity. He states, "My job is to provide the Wells and the best-use strategies to maximize their income."



Adjustable Golf Club - DivnickGolf

Divnick took up the game of golf in 1988, and thought it was unnecessary and cumbersome carrying a huge and heavy set of clubs around. He started working on a club with a transmission in the club head that could be locked on the various lofts of a conventional set. After four years of development and testing, he patented the Whole-In-One DIVNICK™ and now ships it around the world. (He wanted to call it the "Nicklaus" or "Palmer" but eventually settled on the DIVNICK™, a more available trademark!). It also has a telescopic shaft, so it collapses short enough for easy travel. Now you can play the entire game with just one club. The loft can be adjusted to replicate every club in your bag, including drivers and putters...and even half lofts. So it has twice as many lofts as a normal full set of clubs.



Telescopic Golf Clubs

Shortly after introducing the adjustable club, he began to make telescopic drivers and putters for players that wanted to hit the ball farther than the shorter adjustable club was capable of doing, and have the more conventional feel of a normal putter. This led to a full line of telescopic clubs for easy travel without the excessive extra baggage fees.



The success of the telescopic driver has led to the design of the break-through BIG STIK™ titanium drivers. These clubs have achieved the nirvana of drivers: High Loft AND Low Back Spin at the same time. The drivers come in 11º, 13º, and 15º lofts. He has also added titanium high loft 3-woods called LITTLE STIK™ that make it much easer to get the ball up in the air off of fairways and out of the rough . Click here to read more about these new titanium drivers.


Divnick is a pioneer in the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) industry. Voxwire has become one of the premier online meeting room providers in the world. Users can talk with anyone in the world over computers while showing visuals (screen sharing, power points, graphs, web-pages, etc.) to up to 1,000 people in the virtual rooms. While initially marketing to businesses, institutions, and local governments, Divnick also licensed the technology to other resellers. Divnick recently sold Voxwire to a large telecommunications company in New York.


iBizGrams.com was established to send digital business-class ecards on motivation, appreciation, announcements, congratulations, and teamwork. After operating it for 5 years, we sold it to a major company that has blended it into their offering of ecards. Click here to send business class ecards.


Divnick's family has always enjoyed watersports. Divnick designed a houseboat with a unique boat lift on the back in 2000. In 2011 he designed the second generation houseboat and reengineered and patented the ski-boat lift which he now licenses to the houseboat and yacht industries. In addition to full-size boat lifts, he also invented a jetski lift system that lets you ride your jetski up onto the rails without the use of winches. You can also unload while the main boat is underway...a process that would make James Bond jealous!Click here to see movies, pictures, and descriptions.

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