It all started with daydreaming in school. While finishing his undergraduate degree, John Bergida sat in a business law class listening to a mock liability case on an instant hot pack. John was more interested in constructive uses for the technology than finding out who was at fault. An idea was born.
Invention runs in Bergida’s DNA. John’s great-grandfather, Ralph T. Ross, invented the first car locks that were put on the Model-T Ford, as well the bobby pin hair clip. He received patents but never commercialized them. Grandpa Ross’ story inspired John. “If I ever have an idea worth developing,” John said, “I’d like to create a company and make it a success.”
Through his research on instant heating, John found that while there are many ways to make things warm up, there are very few, and often ineffective, ways to generate instant cooling. While John finished his business degree and MBA at Benedictine College, the school had a Big Idea competition where contestants rode a trolley bus and pitched their ideas for a product or business. John won his senior year with the idea for a self-cooling beverage can and used the funds to file his first patent.
That Dean at the time of Benedictine’s Business School introduced John to Steve Sharpe and David Leavitt. Steve became Frosty Cold’s first investor and current CEO. David Leavitt worked with John to develop the eco-friendly and efficient cooling formula we have today.