"American Inventor" Judge Launches New Product Development Methods First in San Antonio

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Small to mid-sized businesses gain access to world-class Research and Development tools for originating new products and services for business growth. Doug Hall, Founder and CEO of Eureka! Ranch delivers the product development methods first with Erik Darmstetter of Sales by Five.

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Doug Hall, recent judge on the American Inventor television program, today announced the launch of a new product development program that will provide small to mid-sized businesses with Research and Development tools comparable to those used by major corporations.

The new Eureka! Winning Ways technology was used first with The Miner Corporation, one of the fastest growing companies in the United States and a trusted diversified supplier of warehousing and retail equipment to customers throughout North America. Doug Hall selected San Antonio-based marketing consultant, Erik Darmstetter, to assist him in the process of coaching the company in the use of these innovative R&D methods.

"Our system increases the odds of success for new products by taking the guesswork out of the R&D process," Doug Hall stated. "Eureka! Winning Ways predicts the future success of new product concepts based upon rational, simulated marketing principles."

Recognized as America's #1 Idea Guru by Inc. Magazine, A&E Top 10 and CIO Magazine, Hall has created a revolutionary system for testing and evaluating the effectiveness of new product concepts before research dollars are spent in development. He was a marketing whiz for ten years with Procter & Gamble and consults with trend setting corporations like Nike, Walt Disney, American Express and Ford Motor Company on product innovations.

Hall's team invested four years testing over 4,000 products to develop his newest research system, Eureka! Winning Ways. The end result is Merwyn, an artificial intelligence computer modeling program, which analyzes and evaluates a new product based upon criteria that predict its chances for surviving in the marketplace. Ideas are compared versus 10,000+ marketing initiatives, new products and services to determine real world viability.

Applying Hall's concepts, The Miner Corporation generated 88 new product and services ideas within an afternoon session. Then the top four were processed using the Merwyn technology which predicted their chances for real-world success. Two of the ideas gained scores sufficient to warrant further research. Within hours, a Research and Development team was deployed to discover more data in preparation of a possible new product launch for the company to further accelerate its growth.

As the first national coach of Eureka! Winning Ways, Erik Darmstetter, CEO of Sales by 5, will continue to coach the company as they transition the new services into the marketplace.

Jeff Schmeck, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Miner, stated, "The Eureka! Winning Ways methods are the most effective I have experienced in generating viable product offerings. It has enabled us to mine the gold, the creative ideas, within the minds of our executive leadership to expand our company's growth."

Famous for his inventive genius, Doug Hall appeared as the "Truth Teller" judge in Simon Cowell's reality television program, American Inventor, an ABC Primetime television show. He is also a columnist for Business Week SmallBiz, hosts the Jump Start Your Brain daily advice feature on 400+ radio stations and co-hosts Brain Brew Radio, a nationally syndicated PRI program, where he helps "American Dreamers & Doers."

Many companies are currently stymied from new growth, because they have no scientific or quantitative way to prioritize new product ideas for development. Without a way to evaluate which ideas warrant the time, attention and dollars, many companies stall before investing in R&D or, worse, waste research dollars on the wrong concepts.

"Doug Hall is reinventing research and development in the United States," commented Erik Darmstetter. "American companies now have a tool that can assist them in efficiently and logically investing their research dollars. It may be the just the edge small to mid-sized businesses need to compete."

About Doug Hall and Eureka! Ranch

Doug Hall is the founder and CEO of the Eureka! Ranch located in Cincinnati with offices in London, UK and Monterrey, Mexico. The Ranch is an "invention & research think tank" that specializes in igniting bold thinking on new products and services for corporate clients such as American Express, Ford, Nike and Walt Disney. It seems to work - the Ranch has a world-class 88% client repeat rate and survey's indicate the average American home uses 18 products or services that Doug and his team have invented or reinvented.

Hall is one of the country's top speakers on innovation and is the author of four books on creativity and courage. His book Jump Start Your Business Brain was a #1 national best seller and named to the prestigious Independent Bookseller's Book Sense 76® list of America's greatest books. He's also a columnist for Business Week SmallBiz, hosts the Jump Start Your Brain daily advice feature on 400+ radio stations and co-hosts Brain Brew Radio, distributed by PRI, where he helps "American Dreamers & Doers win more, lose less and make more money." He is known as the "Truth Teller judge on ABC's Primetime television show, American Inventor.

In recognition of his success and innovation research contributions, Doug has been awarded an honorary Doctorate, the George Land World Class Innovator Award, the YMCA Character Award and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Web Sites with More Information: http://www.DougHall.com and http://www.EurekaRanch.com

About The Miner Corporation

The Miner Corporation is a trusted and diversified supplier of warehousing and retail equipment to customers throughout North America. The company's commitment to service is exemplified by the industry's only guarantee to offer 24/7/365 service, same day response - next day uptime or the first visit is free, and a full 12 month warranty on all work including parts and labor.

With over 250 associates serving the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, Miner has built a solid reputation as the leader for on-time performance, process innovation, and asset management services and support by focusing on solutions to help drive down the costs of equipment ownership and improve jobsite safety for employees and vendors.

For more information, visit http://www.minercorp.com

About Erik Darmstetter

Sales By 5 CEO & Founder, Erik Darmstetter, has a successful track record of increasing sales with creative ideas and expert execution for companies and events.

Darmstetter gained experience growing sales from 2 million to 4 million dollars in just 2.5 years as a Vice President for a sportswear company. He then founded an advertising design firm, which promoted San Antonio's largest events for The San Antonio Spurs and the NCAA Final Fours. He personally earned over 100 creative design awards in the process. Darmstetter understands first-hand how to utilize sales, marketing and motivation.

Darmstetter is a certified coach for Eureka! Winning Ways and content partner with international marketing guru, Doug Hall, the founder of Eureka Ranch. Certified as a Gazelles coach, he works alongside Verne Harnish, the CEO of Gazelles, Inc., who founded an outsourced corporate university for mid-sized firms. Darmstetter is a recognized speaker on the topics of sales, marketing, corporate alignment, internal and external branding, and customer service.

More information is available at http://www.salesby5.com

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