August 01, 2007 09:10 PM by Joe Blackmon
On the season finale of American Inventor 2, the three finalists Greg
Chavez, Elaine Cato, and Ricky DeRennaux returned. Greg Chavez
invented the Guardian Angel, which is a fire safety system for
Christmas trees. Elaine Cato invented the 6-in-1 Convertible
Brassiere, which is a traditional brassiere that converts into six
configurations. Ricky DeRennaux invented Custom Build Racers, which is
a kit to build remote controlled vehicles.
After a review segment on some other inventors, the three finalists stood on center stage waiting to learn who would be the first finalist eliminated. Host Nick Smith announced that Ricky DeRennaux was the first finalist eliminated. When asked what he would remember most, Ricky DeRennaux said “The inventors, great people, and these guys [acknowledging the judges] who pushed me just a little bit further than I wanted to be pushed. It’s been a ride.” Benjamin Dermer, the Director of Inventor Relations from Spinmaster, invited Ricky DeRennaux to their headquarters to talk about putting HT Racers into toy stores.
Rejected American Inventor contestant Silvio DiSalvatore and the Black Cougar returned to energize the crowd. Before host Nick Smith announced which of the two remaining finalists had won, he introduced them to two special guests. Tom Russo, President & CEO of First Alert, told Greg Chavez that they would like to work with him to make Guardian Angel a household product. Norah Alberto, Senior Style Director at Maidenform, told Elaine Cato that they would like to fly her and her family out to their headquarters to explore the possibility of bringing her backless bra to market.
After video messages from the families of the two finalists, host Nick Smith revealed that the winner of American Inventor 2007 was Greg Chavez. When asked how he was feeling, Greg Chavez said “It’s amazing. It’s amazing. A year ago I was sitting in the chair at the house and I was watching the show and I said to my wife I’m going to win next year. She said ‘I know you are.’” As his prize for winning American Inventor, Greg Chavez received a check for one million dollars.