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.
Hobbies include golfing, boating, and time with his five adult children, several grandchildren, and extended family.
Divnick became an instrument-rated pilot in 1982 and immediately began modifying his Cessna 210 to make it perform better. He later 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."
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.
In 2001, when VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) was just being developed, Divnick founded a global communications internet company that provided a VOIP technology that let you talk with anyone in the world over computers while showing visuals (screen sharing, power points, graphs, web-pages, etc.). The voice quality was better than the telephone. Conversations and visuals could be one-on-one or with hundreds of people in the virtual rooms at a time. After creating the company and developing it into a global service, Divnick 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.