In summary, Divnick is an engineer and inventor with over 40 years of business experience, product development, and distribution on a global scale. He has loyal customers in most countries of the world that include consumers and businesses who use or sell his products.
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 baling 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 education 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 creativity, 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.
Hobbies include golfing, boating, and time with his five adult children, several grandchildren, and extended family.
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.
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.
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."
Divnick was a pioneer in the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) industry. He founded Voxwire in 2002 and developed it into one of the premier online virtual meeting room providers in the world. Divnick also licensed the technology to other resellers and eventually sold Voxwire. Virtual meetings and VOIP technology are now used by millions of people, businesses, schools, churches, and governments around the world.
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Divnick is currently in development of a Consumer and Merchant Association that will outflank Google and Amazon and will capture the holy grail of commerce from "search to purchase," including local monthly family spending. It uses a proprietary formula that will reward consumers for referring new members, and will guarantee profit for participating merchants. It will be free to join, no kits or products to buy, members will not sell anything. It will tap into existing family spending including groceries, gas, insurance, utilities, and all local services...and online purchases. Full details will be available when the program is ready to launch.