Executive Committee

George Peters
President

George is the President of Invent New England.

George’s most successful venture to date has been helping to create KettlePizza with co-founder, Al Contarino in 2010. KettlePizza, turns charcoal and gas grills into pizza ovens. KettlePizza products have been sold to people in more than 70 countries. KettlePizza has been a prize on The Price Is Right, showcased on the Today show, Boston’s Channel 5 segment Made in Massachusetts, National Hardware Show Best New Product. In 2019, Peters and Contarino were invited to the White House to represent Massachusetts and showcase KettlePizza as one of the country’s best ‘Made in America’ products.

Some of George’s other notable inventions include the What Now??? Evacuation Training Aid and the Mosquito Mitt. WHAT NOW??? is used to block doorways, stairwells, and hallways during evacuation drills. The product was a must have educational training innovation, and is used by GE, Raytheon, Fidelity Investment, schools, hospitals, and hundreds of other businesses around the world.  The reusable MITT allows for the user to spray repellant on the MITT, not directly onto yourself or someone else, therefore controlling where and how much repellant is applied. George secured multiple licensing agreements for the product.

George is also the co-founder and Principal of Open Innovations Group, LLC (OIG).  OIG offers consumer products companies an external open innovation platform for developing new patented products by independent inventors.

George resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts with his wife, two children, and their three grandchildren.

Lexa Gandolfo
Executive Director

Lexa is the Executive Director of New England Invents.

Additionally, she is on the Board of Advisors at the United Inventors Association,  the largest 501c3 in the world dedicated to education and advocacy for the independent inventor community. While she advises and consults on various functions within the organization, her current focus with the UIA is on redesign and development of the organization’s website which offers its member community no cost educational materials and access to the industry’s leading events and experts.

Her passion for inventing and helping other inventors is fueled by lessons learned with her own product invention, Cargo Caddie, which is a stowable trunk shelf that nearly doubles usable trunk space for most SUV/CUVs in the market. She is currently working to license Cargo Caddie, and has begun development on several other consumer products.

Prior to her launching the above efforts, Lexa was Principal of 3210 Consulting, a website design and software development company she founded in 2002. She oversaw all business development and acted as the company’s chief business analyst for the company’s 65+ small business clients and over $500,000 in annual revenue. She sold the company after 11 years.

Lexa is also the co-founder and Principal of Open Innovations Group, LLC (OIG). OIG offers consumer products companies an external open innovation platform for developing new patented products by independent inventors.

Lexa received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and resides in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband their three children.