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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on local inventor Carl Papa.)
By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.
“I’m truly a bogey golfer,” Knoxvillian Carl Papa says in describing the game that he has played since the eighth grade.
“I muscled the ball,” he adds in describing his swing. “When I shifted my lower body the way…Continue
I have posted two short blogs about my becoming an entrepreneur, hoping the minor pitfalls I’ve encountered could be avoided by other newbies. I plan to write a few more segments chronicling my adventures and maladies thus far. However, in the true spirit of EOK Crowd Sourcing, I have a request of my entrepreneurial family.
At this time I am getting ready for the early golf season, which starts around mid – March. There are several golf magazines carrying ads about my product,…Continue
Once the legal process was underway to protect my product, I needed to refine the components of the swing aid so it could be tried and tested by golfers and instructors. The foot switch needed to be very low profile, and strong enough to with stand the force and weight of the golfer during the downswing. Nothing was sacred as I scoured the house looking for materials and shapes I could incorporate into the foot switch. I found a Christmas tree ornament and plastic box from an old toy that…Continue
What a learning experience! Since taking on this “project” I have been navigating in waters I never thought possible. How does one become an entrepreneur? I retired from the Federal court system after working 30 years. Retired Federal employees take their gold watch and go home, sleep late, play golf, spend time with the grandchildren and travel.
Now I like all those things, do them all and more, but an idea to fix a problem I was having with my golf swing changed me. I have fixed…Continue