The Birth of ELI – Part 2

Rick and I struck up a great conversation, talking about some of the things that each of us was doing and, interests we had in common, such as conducting Mastermind sessions.  Rick and his wife Jan had a Mastermind group they conducted in Austin Texas,​​ called Masterminds Vineyard.  I told him about the Mastermind sessions that I was conducting in my area and on the West Coast.


Rick asked me about my background and some of the things that I’m doing now. There was synergy between us and we decided to stay connected.  We were certain there were things we could do together.


A short time later, I received a call from Rick and Jan, inviting me to Austin to do a Mastermind with them.  They wanted me to be one of the experts to deliver my wisdom and knowledge to their clients.  I was delighted to accept.  October 18, 2015 Arlene and I flew to Austin and spent the day at Masterminds Vineyard.  We had a wonderful time with Rick and Jan.  In addition the Mastermind was a great success.  Rick and Jan’s clients were very pleased with my delivery.  It was a turning point, because Rick and I knew then that we would continue to work together in some capacity.  We weren’t sure exactly what it would be, but we knew we could work well together.

A few months later Rick and Jan came to Sarasota Florida, where Rick had to meet with one of his clients.  Arlene and I took them out to dinner. Rick and I told the wives ​our story as ​how fate brought us together.  I started talking about some of the projects that I was involved in and that’s when I told Rick about Ident-Eye-Fier. (later to be named Envision Eli). I told Rick about an​ issue I was having at that time.  For quite some time I had the Ident-Eye-Fier application being developed offshore with a little software company in Portugal and they were working on the Android version​ only. The Apple version was yet to come.  However, development was taking quite long and I discovered that the company was going belly-up and they had to give up the project.  The project was then in a suspended state.


Rick became very interested in the project and felt he could definitely help bring it to fruition.  I​ felt the project had great application and benefit and was certainly something that should be completed.  Rick and I agreed at that time to become partners, ​form a new company and complete the project and take it to Market. ​We shook hands and agreed!!


​A couple months later we went through the process of creating the new company.  Rick began to work on the project.  In record time he had it functioning and operating for both the Android product and the Apple products for the blind. It was a difficult task, but he completed it successfully.


We did a preliminary launch for the blind Market and within a few months we received on line domestic​ and international orders totaling about 60 clients.  We achieved what we hoped for: we had proof of concept!!  Shortly after we launched, I was invited by a very good client to be a guest speaker at a New York event. ​A​t the same time there was a big Electronic Show taking place in New York City. The client was also exhibiting at that show. ​Rick and I thought it would be a great idea to go to the show and introduce our new product for the visually impaired.  It became obvious to us at the show that there were many other applications for Eli Technology.  It was not merely an aid for the visually impaired.​


​If we would make the product cloud-based instead of just containing operation in just the cellphone, it could have many other applications that could revolutionize the marketplace for providers and consumers.

Rick and I met in Sarasota multiple times and white boarded an entire system that would be applicable to the commercial Market. It would bring providers and consumers together at the point of sale to enhance the buying experience.  We filed our Provisional Patent on the new Intellectual Property and are presently patent pending.  We are now in the process of filing our Utility Patent.


We hired US developers that have complete two phases of our three phase design and we expect to launch the new product in March, 2018.

Our company “Envision Eli, LLC” has taken on a partner, investor and adviser who is the CEO/owner of a 35 year old business, servicing the natural products industry.  He is also a supporting member in that vertical market.  We have also teamed up with an adviser and affiliate who is the CEO/owner of a product associated with comfort products for cancer survivors.  She will be providing our product as a major support item.

The Birth of ELI – Part 1

Every story has a beginning and so it was with ELI.


A casual breakfast conversation in Denver, Colorado in June, 2011.  A blind man stimulated an idea for what was to become an aid and benefit for the blind.  First a thought, then an idea which led to a concept and resulted in a product.


It was a typical day at a MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL MEETING.  Ron Klein attended meetings every year with his wife, Arlene, who served on the Board of Trustees.  Before the meeting began, a room was set up with a Buffet breakfast for the Trustees and guests.


Good friends were made over the many years Arlene served the Foundation.  One special friend was Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr. (or Jim, as we called him), CEO of Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey. He and Arlene were long-standing members on the Board of Trustees.  Arlene and Ron always made it a point to spend quality time with Jim, a brilliant man with great vision.   As Arlene and Ron entered the room, Jim was seated at a table with his beautiful Guide Dog at his side.


Arlene, as she always did, offered to fix a plate from the buffet table for Jim.  Ron and Jim were chatting, but this day brought something different.


“Jim, what’s on your wish list? Ron asked.


“Ron, I would love to enter a room and know who is here, rather than someone having to tap me on the shoulder and telling me who they are.” Jim answered.


“Jim, let me think about that.” Ron replied.


Ron, being Ron didn’t allow any grass to grow under his feet.  He was on a mission!   In the typical “Ron Klein style” he worked feverishly to develop an apparatus for assisting visually impaired persons to identify persons and objects, and method for operation thereof.


Flow charts, Abstract, Narrative…..Patent US20130046541     IDENT-EYE-FIER

A Provisional Patent was granted August 19, 2011.  Six (6) weeks after the conversation with Jim.


Because it was on Jim’s wish list and he was the impetus for Ron to be the “brainchild”, Ron did the following:



Thus, was the birth of ELI!!


August 3, 2012, Ron applied for a Utility Patent.  Dollars were needed, developers had to be found.  There were many hurdles to cross.


The project was put on hold, because of numerous extenuating circumstances.  Life has a habit of getting in the way.


“We don’t meet people by accident.  They are meant to cross our path for a reason.”


In the summer of 2015, Ron was inadvertently diverted.  He was just finishing conducting a Mastermind group in San Diego. He was scheduled to be a speaker at a San Diego Event the next day.  On very short notice, San Diego was changed to Austin, Texas.   He grumbled as he changed his flight and absorbed the additional cost.


He is a man of his word!!  What he says he will do, he does!! He arrived at the event in Austin June 17, 2015.   He met Rick Gibson, who was attending the event.  The rest is history!!!

Organizational News


Envision ELI, LLC is excited to announce that David Boos, President / CEO, Cornerstone Consulting, Inc. has joined the Envision ELI team as a partner to accelerate business transformation.

Cornerstone Consulting, Inc. provides software solutions and technology consulting services. Their products and services support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human resources, and a variety of specific needs of the wholesale distribution, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and manufacturing industries. The company was founded by David Boos in 1983 and is headquartered in Tampa, FL.

We are now focused on preparing to launch a new cloud-based version of ELI. We connect consumers with providers in a very simple and unique way.

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