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Meet the AOS Team

Rita Z. Crompton – President & Chief Executive Officer

Rita Crompton is the Inventor Lady and President and CEO of Archimedes’ Offspring. Rita has been working with Inventors for more than 15 years.

Rita has been an entrepreneur since she was kicked out of the Girl Scouts in the 4th grade for selling too many cookies. Her instincts have always been to develop potential. She helps people get from “what is” to “what can be.” For more than a decade she’s been helping inventors develop their ideas into saleable products. Most inventors are good at solving a problem.  She does for inventors what they can’t or don’t want to do for themselves. Over the years, she’s worked on everything from full-size functioning tractors to baby products and everything in between. It is amazing to help someone get from “I have an idea” to the marketplace. With her contractors, she and they help with the due diligence (patent/product search), patents and trademarks, engineering and manufacturing, crowdfunding, marketing/selling and licensing.  Rita helps inventors tee-up their inventions in order to have the very best options at the end of the day. Visit her website to see the projects she’s working on at any moment in time. If you are already patent pending, you can join her at a trade show or you can ask her about licensing. It is hard to get through the inventing gauntlet. Ask for help, gather information, and call Rita. The Inventor Lady can help.

Raymond P. Burrasca – Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Ray Burrasca is a 40+ year seasoned senior corporate finance professional. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and COO of Archimedes’ Offspring

Ray Burrasca is a senior corporate finance professional with more than 40 years of success in corporate finance-related positions.  His experience includes private equity (both venture capital and angel financing), as well as mezzanine lending and leveraged buyouts. He has been responsible for financial restructuring and re-engineering projects, large-scale bank financings and mergers & acquisitions, both of private companies and in the public arena. He has worked across a variety of industries, including those in the manufacturing, distribution and services sectors.

George A. Peters, Jr. – Senior Vice President, Inventor Marketing

George Peters is a career, serial inventor responsible, along with his partner, Al Contarino, the famous KettlePizza, pizza-oven accessory. With his partner, George, on behalf of his KettlePizza invention, was honored at the White House for his Made in America, Massachusetts-based product.

George Peters is an experienced Inventor and company co-founder with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry. He is a strong business development professional, and is skilled in marketing, entrepreneurship, brand building, and public speaking.

Joan Van De Griek – Vice President, Accounting & Auditing; Controller

Joan Van De Griek has over 18 years of accounting and auditing expertise in joint ventures and in closely-held, non-governmental, retail and health businesses.

Her intentional depth and breadth of experience makes her a priceless, profit-maximizing powerhouse. Being the financial bulldog that she is, she sniffs out profit opportunities and creates a path to get a client there. She is a licensed CPA and holds degrees both in Accounting and Business Administration. She has been able to build wealth and has created award winning health systems, the first privatized international surgery center and for-profit companies owned by not-for-profits.

Katherine R. Crompton – Director, Public Relations

Ms. Crompton has extensive experience in business content writing, search engine optimization, and creating marketing strategies for her business clients.

Carshon Rodgers – Independent Board Member, Da Vinci Invention Investment Fund I

Ms. Rodgers is a registered independent Investment Adviser with over 20 years of experience in the broker-dealer and financial advisory industries.

As an Independent Investment Advisor Representative Carshon guides clients objectively to invest appropriately — and grow their money strategically. Career Highlights: • MBA from Regis University • BA in Economics from St. Cloud State University • Series 7, 63, and 65 registrations • Life, accident & health, and variable contract insurance licenses • Listed as one of the Best Personal Wealth Managers in Denver’s 5280 magazine • Received the Five Star Wealth Manager Award

Robert Hausslein – Independent Board Member, Da Vinci Invention Investment Fund I

President (retired), Inventors Association of New England, one of the older inventor groups in the United States, founded in 1977

Inventors Association of New England President Dates 1998 – 2019. The Inventors Association of New England is a support group for independent inventors that meets monthly to network and listen to invited speakers. Separate bimonthly meetings are held under signed confidentiality where new ideas can be critiqued safely.  Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology Degree: Ph.D. Field Of Study Chemical Engineering Dates attended or expected graduation 1954 – 1964 Undergraduate 1954-1958, Grad School 1960-1964, Asst. Professor 1964-1965

Eckehart Zimmermann – Independent Board Member, Da Vinci Invention Investment Fund I

Owner, Triad Engineering, Inc. which is a mechanical engineering consulting company that provides a wide range of services in product design and development

Triad Engineering, Inc. is a mechanical engineering consulting company that provides a wide range of services in product design, development, and manufacturing solutions, including overseas manufacturing sourcing services.

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