As we expand our innovation center to Sparks 2.0 we want to reintroduce the inventors we currently partner with and share more of their personal stories. This post is part of a series that not only explores our inventors and their products, but shares details about their passions outside of electricity.
We are excited to spotlight, Michelle Laramee, an ambitious, successful inventor. Michelle grew up in a suburb of Norton, Massachusetts. Even at a young age, she had great determination. At the age of 10, she got her first job delivering newspapers. From there she moved on to a variety of neighborhood jobs.
While Michelle’s involvement in sports kept her in school, she had little interest in classes. She decided she would rather go out into the world and start making money, but stayed in school to graduate in 1987.
After high school, Michelle attended a technical school to learn drafting. She found that she had a lot of interest in technical skills, which became the foundation of her success. In 2003, she graduated with honors and a Masters of Science in Management. Four years later, she started ByerSource.
Today, Michelle holds a full time position with a Fortune 500 company and runs her own business on the side.
Want to learn more about Michelle? Check out the questions below!
Q1: Describe yourself with one sentence.
I can describe myself with the three Ds. I am a doer, a dreamer and determined.
Q2: What is your innovative product?
The In-line Bonding Device.
Q3: How did you come up with the idea?
My business partner, Michael Federowicz, Licensed Electrician, decided there was a much easier way for installing a grounding point for low voltage installers. We saw an opportunity to market this product to work with all kinds of electrical fittings, conduits and boxes. It was the perfect part that could mate with ease with all other products on the market. A perfect up-sell opportunity.
Q4: Are you working to develop more products?
Yes, we have several prototypes for electrical products we are working on now.
Q5: What did you enjoy most about working with Madison?
I share Madison’s vision for listening to the electricians on wonderful product ideas and working to bring them to market.
Q6: What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest moment is when we received our first patent.
Q7: What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?
I think most people are surprised to hear the successes that I have accomplished personally and professionally such as owning and operating my own company.
Q8: What’s your favorite movie?
Q9: What’s your favorite movie quote?
Goonies never say die.
Q10: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Golf and travel