In-O-Vate Technologies - The Company that Invented the Dryerbox®, Dryer-Ell and LintAlert

About Team Dryerbox

Innovation and Persistence

Inventing, developing and manufacturing clothes dryer related items--that's In-O-Vate. Dryer venting specialists guided by two important principles: saving energy and reducing fire hazards. When In-O-Vate products are installed, the rewards are collected by a multitude of recipients; the homeowner, builder, tradesmen, architect, distributor, appliance manufacturer, fire protection personnel and the building official.

Organized in Jupiter Florida as In-O-Vate Technologies Incorporated, we're a privately owned company with manufacturing plants in Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL and Pittsburgh, PA, . The team's flagship product, the Dryerbox®, is sold and installed throughout the North American continent and is consistently used by practically every major builder.
Dryerbox Manufacturing

In-O-Vate has been successful because of the value we place on developing long-term relationships based on flawless customer support. Some customers have been with us for 15 years. In addition to customer service, In-O-Vate stands for dependable quality, revolutionary innovation and on-time delivery on each and every item. That's what drives us and that's our promise to you. We execute that promise by investing aggressively in manufacturing improvements, product design innovations, back-office technology, efficient distribution and in the people who have contributed to the company's growth and achievement.

Since 1995, we've received six patents and are continuously investing in better technology, new tooling and expanding our distribution centers. The Jupiter research and development lab is busy innovating and improving the line. We're better than ever and proud to have a shelf full of awards to show for it. Our products are "green" and add significantly to your safekeeping. We are grateful to you, our customer.

Vision Statement

  • Provide an innovative line of products to the dryer venting industry and surpass customer delivery and product-quality expectations.
  • Maintain a steadfast commitment to product innovation.

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The Dryerbox Executive Team

  • Cliff Budnick - CEO cliff [at]
    Over the years, Cliff has helped grow the company by opening distribution channels and introducing new solutions for the market. After receiving his MBA and running a company of his own, Cliff has parlayed his entrepreneurial abilities and superb interpersonal skills to help manage In-O-Vate’s diverse customer base and expanding staff. He plays an active role in various national associations and committees that drive consumer education, product awareness, and improved business practices.

    Hobbies/Interests: Cliff is usually outdoors and active in all that South Florida has to offer. He enjoys surfing, golfing, boating, diving, fishing, and more, though nothing beats quality time with his friends and family including his adorable child Jaxon. Cliff is also an avid traveler and has visited over 25 countries and counting.
  • Rick Harpenau - Owner/Inventor/President - rick [at]
    As a General Contractor for 13 years, building custom homes and developing residential communities, Rick has always been around and cherished construction, engineering, and inventing. Growing up with 7 other brothers and sisters, he would jump on the opportunity to take things apart and rebuild them or manage to fix anything that was broken in the house.

    Hobbies/Interests: Rick's been playing beach volleyball for 25 years and tries to get in 3 games a week. He also tries to get a few slalom ski sets in a week when the water is warm along with staying in shape for the next sprint triathlon. His son is in the Army and getting his masters in Washington DC. Homeland is my favorite television series and a big bowl of oatmeal in the morning is a must.
  • James Ortiz - Vice President of Operations james [at]
    After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, James longed for palm trees and sunshine. With a background in sales and promotions, he gladly welcomed the opportunity, where he now develops and maintains sales relationships with distributors, builders, and contractors.

    Hobbies/Interests: James lives for Steeler and Penn State football. When he's not at work, you can find him on the volleyball court, playing and coaching youth travel teams. New to scuba diving, he plans on enjoying the many reefs Florida has to offer.
  • Bobby Chisholm - Product Manager bobby [at]
    After graduating from Clarion University on a golf scholarship, Bobby decided to move into a warmer climate where the golf season never ends. His extensive sales and online marketing background landed him a sales position overlooking some of the newer, energy efficient products that In-O-Vate released.

    Hobbies/Interests: Bobby tries to golf every weekend and maintain his five handicap. He loves snorkeling, boating, fishing, jogging, playing and coaching softball. He also spends a lot of his free time with his dog Mia and takes her to the beach a couple times a week, attempting to wear her out.
  • Missy Clark - Customer Service Manager missy [at]
    After graduating from Daytona State College and moving further down south in Florida Missy decided that her children were old enough for her to end her stint as a stay at home mom. With more than 5 years in the financial world focused on the customer experience it was an easy transition for her to join our team as the Customer Service Manager.

    Hobbies/Interests: Missy enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband typically you can find her at the beach or somewhere on the water. Missy also enjoys running several times a week and often participates in 5K's.
  • Joshua Goldstone - Accounting Manager josh [at]
    Josh relocated to Florida from Long Island, New York to join In-O-Vate Technologies. Josh graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. He joins the Dryerbox Team as Accounting Manager. With past experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry, Josh brings his skill set of corporate accounting to the company and is looking forward to helping them achieve their financial goals.

    Hobbies/Interests: Previously shoveling snow; Josh now hopes to take up all that South Florida has to offer. Josh is excited to be now living near his brother and sister-in-law, where he can enjoy spoiling his nephew who all live nearby.
  • Todd M. Peach - Vice President of Marketing todd [at]
    A native Floridian, it took 18 years of marketing and management experience in other parts of the country to realize that the draw of the sunshine state is impossible to resist. Luckily, this also afforded a skill set that runs a broad gamut of disciplines. Mr. Peach brings extensive experience in technology, marketing management, copy writing and graphic design to the amazing team at In-O-Vate Technologies Incorporated.

    Hobbies/Interests: After a long history as a workaholic-bachelor with no outside interests, Todd was rescued by his beautiful and talented wife who has shown him that exploring the less traveled parts of Florida helps to make a well-rounded and happy professional life.