Tom KraMer, IDSA | Kablooe Design
Tom KraMer is a proven innovation developer with expertise in medical product innovation, developing creative teams, leading design and engineering departments and affecting positive product design outcomes. He has been instrumental in large and small development projects and in creating revenue streams for customers by delivering innovative product solutions. He spearheaded the formation of the D3 process (Design Driven Development™) as a vehicle to provide results to customers. He teaches this process to groups by traveling as a lecturer and speaking about innovation and the development process. He is also an effective mentor and personnel manager who believes that “Innovation takes place when cultivated with creative freedom and high expectations”. He has been with Kablooe Design for over 21 years and has implemented countless improvements that have directed the company in its strategic directions, establishing its position in the design world as a highly respected leader in this niche industry. Selected to guide the company as president in 2004, Tom cultivated loyal client relationships and leveraged involvement with several intellectual property opportunities. His business plans creatively shifted the corporate portfolio, bringing more focus on design strategy and product research and development that included strategic joint ventures with core alliances. KraMer gained invaluable experience as a senior designer, where he focused his efforts on overseeing and directing a team of younger designers and engineers. Later, as vice president, he expanded the customer base, shifted the company focus to medical products, developed a more highly skilled creative team, and negotiated contracts for large development projects. KraMer holds an Executive Certificate in the Master of Product Development program at Northwestern University, and a bachelor's in industrial design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also holds a certificate from Stanford University for Cardiovascular System in Health and Disease, and participated in the Stanford University Graduate Certificate in biodesign. He has been an active member of the community as a volunteer for schools, youth groups, and sporting groups, residing in Minnesota with his wife and five children.