John Vilardi

Location: Leesburg, FL

Professional background: Graphic Designer

When did you begin inventing?
When I was just a child. My Dad was always tinkering with something and I remember seeing him create a dremel tool with a brush on it and I never knew what it was. Later, I found out it was an electric tooth brush. Only one problem –? there wasn’t an Edison Nation to help him back then.

How did you begin inventing?
All I can say is my dad rubbed off on me. He was always so great to let me help in the basement with all his tinkering and seemed to enjoy showing all us kids how things work. He has always been a big influence in my life. I guess you could say one of the first real hands on inventing was building illusions for magicians, figuring out how to build it and make it work smoothly and flawlessly for the productions. It’s like putting together a puzzle.

Favorite quote or joke:
“Anyone can have an idea. But those who work to put meat on the bones and put flesh on their ideas are the ones who can claim the mantle of invention.” – Gene Quinn

If you could build anything without any budget or other restrictions (other than your current idea), what would it be?
You know better than to ask that without providing a non-disclosure. Ha Ha…

I do actually have a great idea to give people valuable extra breathing time during fires waiting for rescue workers to arrive to high rise buildings.

Why do you think you should be an Everyday Edison?
I still can’t believe I’ve been invited. It’s so nice to finally have all my hard work pay off! It’s always nice to be noticed.

Is there anything else you would like the inventor community to know about you?
I truly love inventing and actually have two co-inventions in the running for the show; one with Toni LaCava and one with Marvin Blaine. I love to meet all these other wonderful thinkers that I have found on Edison Nation and kick ideas back and forth. I love to figure out how to make things work or even to make things work better.

I’m also very proud of my two wonderful sons, Jason and Justin Vilardi.

See John’s post-audition interview:

30 Comments John Vilardi

  1. Marvin B

    John you started out as my partner and ended up a life long friend. Couldn’t be any happier for you.

  2. Cathy

    At the age of 12, back in the 7th grade, I met a cute guy who I had no idea would end up being one of the best life long friends a person could have… and little did we know back then that we would both take the path of product developing.
    In the 43 yrs, I have known and worked with, John his character has never changed. He has always been funny, artistic, talented, honest and hard working, but most of all… good hearted! I am proud to call him my friend and he deserves all the best. Way to go John!!

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