Patrick Bertagna is the Chairman, President, CEO and Founder of GTX Corp and coinventor of its patented GPS footwear technology. His career spans 27-plus years in building companies in technology and consumer-branded products. Mr. Bertagna began his career importing apparel from Europe, and later went on to design and manufacture a line of clothing, accessories and footwear in more than 20 countries, with sales exceeding $27 million, selling to U.S. retailers from JCPenney to Neiman Marcus. In 1993, Mr. Bertagna transitioned into the world of software technology and founded Barcode World, Inc., a supply chain management application company, enabling the accurate tracking of consumer products from design to retail distribution. After selling his company, he then combined his two past careers of consumer products and tracking technology, and founded GTX in 2002. Mr. Bertagna is fluent in French and Spanish. He has formed alliances with Fortune 500 companies,such as IBM, AT&T, Sports Authority, Federated Department Stores, Netscape and General Electric Company. Mr. Bertagna also has been a keynote speaker at numerous industry trade shows and conferences. Profile
TWST: How long has GTX Corp been in business, and how was it started?
Mr. Bertagna: Ten years ago, a little girl named Elizabeth Smart disappeared, and it was all over the news, and I