Steve Devick, has founded/co-founded a series of successful public and private companies, including Platinum Entertainment (NASDAQ: PTET), which was the world’s largest publicly traded independent music company, Blue Rhino (NASDAQ: RINO), the first and largest propane cylinder exchange company and Platinum technology (NASDAQ: PLAT), a software company with annual revenue of almost $1 billion.
In 1999 Platinum technology was sold for more than $3.6 billion; more than any software company had sold for before PLAT’s sale. Blue Rhino was sold for almost $400 million. Prior to its sale to Ferrell Gas, Blue Rhino had more locations than McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s combined and in 2002 was among the 15 best performing stocks of the year according to the Wall Street Journal., After leaving Platinum Entertainment, Steve founded a high definition entertainment company, Concert Hot Spot, which in 2011, received a Gold Record for the sales of the video soundtrack of the Twilight movies saga and was listed in Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing media company in Illinois for the years 2006-2011.
As a noted industry resource, Steve has made numerous appearances on national broadcasts of CNN, Fox News and CNBC, including Market Watch with Maria Bartiromo, Power Lunch and Squawk Box, Fox Business Report, CNN Financial News, Your World with Neil Cavuto and many other TV and radio broadcasts.
Additionally, he has been a keynote speaker at The Entrepreneurship Conference and many other conferences. Steve has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the Forty Under Forty business leaders; a regional finalist in Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch’s Entrepreneur of the Year; New City’s Most Influential People Top 20; and Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Steve Devick also co-authored the King-Devick Test, (K-D Test) which initially studied the relationship between eye movements and reading fluency. The King -Devick Test has been utilized worldwide in measuring saccadic eye movements. The test is defined in most medical dictionaries; including Dorland’s and Mosby’s Medical Dictionaries and papers regarding the test have been published in 19 different countries.
Since 2012 the King-Devick Test has been the subject of at least 30 peer reviewed elite neurological journals as a rapid and accurate sideline screening test for concussions. In addition, other peer reviewed published studies have shown the K-D Test to be a quality of life indicator in multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and a measure of functionality in hypoxia and extreme sleep deprivation.
Steve received the Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award from the United States Sports Academy for outstanding sports related medical research in 2011 and that same year received an international patent for his co-development of a triangulation sensor system (Focus Brite), for focus specific lighted magnifiers.
In 2012 Head Games, a feature film, produced by Steve’s film company was released in North America. Steve was the Executive Producer of the film, which was directed by Academy Award honored Steve James whose previous releases included Hoop Dreams, and The Interrupters. Head Games, which addresses the seriousness of concussions in sports, won many industry awards including the Best Documentary at the 2012 Boston Film Festival, Best Sports Movie of 2012 by Sports Illustrated, and Best Sports Documentary of 2012 by movies.com. The international version of the film, Head Games-The International Concussion Crisis will be released in the first quarter of 2014.
Steve completed his BS and OD degrees at Western Illinois University and the Illinois College of Optometry.