Our CEO – Mike Oister

Since joining The National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004, Michael J. Oister has worked to expand the organization’s mission of recognizing and inspiring innovation in America. Michael first joined The National Inventors Hall of Fame as President of the Invent Now Kids subsidiary and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2009. In 2013, he accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Michael has overseen a 211% increase in children served via the organization’s educational programming, 203% growth in school district partnerships nationwide, a 3,148% growth in net revenue, and the implementation of a high service, user-friendly delivery and training business model for education outreach programs in 50 states. His demonstrated success of building strong partnerships, implementing new programs, and cultivating sustainable businesses are a perfect fit for The National Inventors Hall of Fame’s needs as it grows and expands its businesses and mission.

Prior to joining The National Inventors Hall of Fame, Michael successfully built Classic Sport Companies from start-up to a $20+ million manufacturer of sporting goods supplying team dealers throughout the country in conjunction with building partnerships with prominent retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sport Authority, Target, Sam’s Club, and Toys ‘R Us. During Michael’s time as President and Founder of the company, Classic Sport more than doubled its revenue each year between 1994 and 2000 and was named one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 1999 (#86) and 2000 (#31). The company was known industry-wide as a leader in innovation, and Michael holds more than twenty U.S. patents.

Michael graduated from Colorado State University, and now resides in Jackson Township, Ohio with his wife Melinda and their four children, Sari, Marni, Charlie, and Jeffrey. He is active with many of his children’s interests and activities through coaching and volunteering.