Our Story: Building the Barn
The Guild is led by Montie Roland who envisioned a design community based on the "Building the Barn" concept of the past. There was a time in American history when folks would gather to help their fellow neighbor build their barn. The community came together knowing that by assisting their neighbor, the community as a whole became stronger and prospered. That same principle works today, by engaging design professionals and entrepreneurs throughout our area, we lift the entire community. The Guild is a conduit that links businesses with product innovators, inventors and design specialists all focused on building our community barn -- the regional economy.
Benefits of Guild Membership: Why Join?There are many advantages to joining the Guild:
Networking: Expand your professional, social, and trust-based network
Business Opportunity: Expose and showcase your business to larger audiences via
Knowledge: Increase your knowledge of industry and market trends through access to new resources and expertise
How is RTP Product Development Guild Different from Other Organizations?
What makes the RTP Product Development Guild unique? It's not just the people, the unique business model, or the RTP environment -- it's our PHILOSOPHY that a Rising Tide Lifts All Boats. By bringing together great minds and expert professionals in a community based approach, all focused on improving the regional economy and building a trust based network, we commit ourselves to ensuring the integrity and viability of product innovation and commercialization in North Carolina.
We share a common belief that product innovation is the spark to our economy. And we leverage that spark through a distinct business model philosophy based on:
- You Own Your Product: The Guild will support and advise you but this is your product. You make the decisions. You own it!
- Grass Roots Organization: The Guild is the conduit which you build professional and personal relationships to grow your business and make a difference regionally. It's not just about you, it is also about giving back to your community.
- Next Generation: The Guild is placing a stake in the ground for future generations by equipping our children with the love for invention; nurturing their curiosity and daringness to seek new innovations.