Jim DeBetta’s experience has massed millions of dollars within the retail selling world. He knows how to take new ideas from a sketch on a napkin to selling the final product to major retailer’s world wide.
Jim’s career in retail began at an early age with the family store, Edison and Kellogg, a fireplace and home hardware company. After graduating from college, Jim went home to help expand the business. Jim stimulated new business, purchased products from all over the world, and ran the overall operations. The little store turned into a multi-million dollar business and became one of the most recognized and respected hardware stores on Long Island.
Jim decided it was time to grow and joined a start up firm that imported binoculars, telescopes, and optical products for children. His retail customers included a “who’s who” in retail such as Target, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, Sears, Michael’s, Cabelas, Home Shopping Network, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Discovery Channel Stores, Costco, and many others. Jim employed nearly 20 people inside and had dozens of sales reps all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Ultimately, Jim helped expand the company from virtually no significant revenue to a leading brand in the industry that has sold nearly 50 million dollars of product since 1996. When Jim was ready for a new adventure, he left the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Jim decided he was ready for yet a bigger challenge and joined a leading premium incentive company as their National Sales Manager. Jim represented major national brands for this $100 million a year premium incentive firm such as Toshiba, Sony, Nikon, Nautilus, Mavado and others. The products were used to create various incentive programs for fortune 1,000 companies around the world.
Jim’s experience has reached far and wide working with various products, retailers, manufactures, and factories. He knew it was time to help those that had a product in mind or ready for production. His goal was to teach others the process without unnecessary expense, time and red tape. That is how DeCavi Corp was born.
As the founder of DeCavi Corp, Jim has helped hundreds of inventors and start-ups learn how to get their products developed and sold to major retailers. Jim recently merged his firm with the renowned Slingshot Product Development Group which employs a team of 35 engineers, designers, and marketing experts who help individual inventors and Fortune 500 firms alike. Both are recognized as leaders in the inventor product development and commercialization arena.
Jim teaches inventors how to create sales and marketing strategies, understand the world of licensing, develop a product using CAD design and locate factories overseas to produce products. Jim is now reaching out to individuals who want to learn how to do it for themselves.
Jim is a Patron of the United Inventors Association, Georgia Inventor’s Association, Rocky Mountain Inventors Association, and co-hosts the Launch Hour - a radio program for inventors and entrepreneurs. He also has written articles for industry publications and websites such as Inventor’s Digest, Georgia Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine. He also appears as a guest speaker for various organizations, speaks at international conferences, and hosts forum and blog discussions on leading invention websites.