Inventor gets creative with a “Presidential” offer
Entrepreneur and Army veteran offers his invention to both the Romney and Obama campaigns, stating - “It’ll help you relax while on the campaign trail!” Will they use his new product, and help support his dream?
In 2005, Michael left a promising career with General Motors to serve his country. 11 days after he returned from service, GM laid him off. “I thought my choice to serve wouldn’t be a career killer but, since nobody was hiring in the automotive industry in 2009, my manufacturing career was effectively over.” So Vahey decided to start his own company.
The product he invented, named the Travel Halo, is an alternative to the c-shaped neck pillows commonly seen in airports and on travelers. The Travel Halo uses small pillows attached to a headband to cradle and stabilize the user’s head against a headrest. The result is more compact design, and Vahey claims, a more effective solution. His idea came about after a long car ride. ‘I just couldn’t fall asleep. Every time the car turned a little bit, my head would fall off the headrest. When the trip was over, I grabbed some household items and made the first prototype. It was ugly, but worked perfectly.” He said he knew he had a product that was better than the common travel pillows. It was also more compact and included an optional eye mask.
When asked why he offered to donate his product to both Presidential campaigns, he said, “There are plenty of reasons. First, these guys and their staff are constantly traveling. They need our product! Second, I am a budding entrepreneur – and we need our president, whoever it may be, to realize that innovators will always be the backbone of the American economy. Lastly, I could really use the publicity! I thought it would be interesting to approach both parties, and to see which one would respond”. To date, Vahey hasn’t heard from the Romney campaign, but the Obama campaign replied with a “thanks, but no thanks” type response. He remains undaunted. “Part of being an entrepreneur is taking risks and persevering when things don’t go as planned.”
Learn more about the travel Halo at http://www.thetravelhalo.com.