We hope to see you at the next meeting of the Inventors’ Association of St. Louis — Thursday, February 1, 2018!

Larry Opinsky, Gateway Shoes LLC

At this meeting, IASL is proud to host keynote speaker Larry Opinsky, a renowned Missouri entrepreneur who has battled and succeeded in the in the ultra-competitive shoe business.

About Larry Opinsky —

Larry owned and operated Gateway Shoes LLC, a shoe manufacturing factory in Southeast Missouri that, at its peak, employed 170 people and produced 2 million pairs of shoes annually!

Larry adjusted to the increased foreign competition in the 1990’s by restructuring to a database-driven and niche market strategy, where he focused on formal footwear, performance music footwear, and other specialty markets.

The company then retired production in 2016 due to challenges in the retail sector, lack of interest in US-based volume production, and continued price pressure from abroad.

Larry has extensive consulting expertise in all facets of domestic and international manufacturing, including material sourcing, warehouse design, MRP (Material Requirements Planning) systems, and import logistics.

Larry is also an active volunteer in the local community for a variety of disability and educational organizations, including TREE House/Therapeutic Horsemanship and Parkway School District. Larry holds a BS in Management degree from Tulane University.

Even if your immediate interest is not in the shoe industry, Larry’s experience is sure to be helpful to prospective inventors and entrepreneurs in any field that requires manufacturing!  This is a meeting that you will not want to miss!

Please note that this meeting will be at the VENTURE CAFE! See Details Below.


Before and after the keynote presentation, we anticipate another productive meet-and-greet, in which the St. Louis Inventor community can meet with Larry Opinsky and the IASL Directors.

My fellow Directors — who consist of leaders from their respective fields of invention, manufacturing, intellectual property law, research, finance, engineering, and marketing — are always eager to lend an ear or offer advice whenever needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out at the meeting, if you feel that one or more Directors can be of assistance! You can read the biographies of our Directors HERE.

Also, we expect a sizable turnout for this meeting, so the offline discussions and networking opportunities networking should be extra-special.

Meeting Location:
Venture Café @ The Cambridge Center — Havanna Room
4240 Duncan Avenue | 2nd Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

Thursday, February 1, 2018
5:00pm-6:00pm – Networking
6:00pm-7:00pm – Main Event Discussion led by Larry Opinsky
7:00pm-8:00pm – Meet & Greet with Larry Opinsky & Directors

Free, Ample Parking (park on the NE corner of the building). Enter on the NW corner.

Food & Beverage
Free Refreshments Provided.

For Our Full Calendar of Events and Directions, Please visit our Calendar Page.

Jim Mimlitz

About Jim Mimlitz

Board of Directors, Vice-President at Inventors Association of Saint Louis. Missouri Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer @ Navionics Research Inc./SCADAmetrics.

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