ROBERT MAZUR:
 
ROBERT MAZUR




 
 
 
 
 
Co-founder of B.A. Maze, Inc., in Detroit. The company was established in 2002 to invent, trademark, and distribute innovative products that enhance independent living. Mazur is the inventor of the DogGone Opener® PurrFect Opener®, and PurrFect Gripper™. The DogGone and PurrFect openers are handheld tools used to open prescription and over-the-counter medications and the PurrFect Gripper™ is for difficult-to-open jars and bottles. The products are featured in participating Bed Bath & Beyond stores and on the QVC Home Shopping Network. Mazur’s award-winning business plan for B.A. Maze won him four prizes totaling $80,000, including the grand prize and $25,000 in the SCORE/Ford/Diversity Inc. B-plan competition and $25,000 from the state of Michigan’s Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest. The company recently quadrupled sales of its homecare products at Bed Bath & Beyond stores, beginning with a 10-store pilot in Michigan and expanding to 45 stores nationwide. B.A. Maze is a client in SmartStart, TechTown’s business accelerator program. Mazur has seven years of automotive engineering experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and his MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.


WHERE BORN: "Warren."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My grandma, Mary Kwiecien. She was a hard worker and had strong faith and strong belief in family. Most importantly, she was the motivation behind my products."

LAST BOOK READ: "Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Dedicated, innovator, leader."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Eight thousand boomers turned 60 years of age yesterday, today, and will every day for the next 20 years. This growing market of aging adults, and their independence in the home, will be a major force for years to come."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "The PurrFect Opener® and the PurrFect Gripper™. Other than my own products, I am fascinated by the technology used by in-car and handheld navigation devices."

FAVORITE PLACE: "The beach."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Swimming, running, golfing, and biking."

FAVORITE FOOD: "I don’t really have a favorite food, but I do enjoy a steak during celebrations or a burger when hanging out with friends."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Competing and finishing triathlons, but company development and business requirements have kept me from the racing circuit."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "I want to be remembered as a leader and successful businessman, an innovative thinker and inventor, and as a positive and motivational role model for others."


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.