About Us

Patrick J. Garahan is the inventor of the Cup-Pilot. He twice served as Secretary of Transportation for the State of Vermont and later as a transportation consultant. Much of his time was spent working on issues and products that are changing the way we live. As a frequent flyer, he was all too familiar with the ever-changing world of modern air travel. Simple problems like where to put your morning coffee when you settle into your seat can easily make the experience worse. He decided to combine his skills as a licensed engineer and Stanford MBA to create the Cup-Pilot - a simple, inexpensive, portable cup holder. It enhances small pleasures like a good cup of coffee, preventing spills while optimizing space for work and relaxation.


Justin Aten is the founder of SamuelHannah Creative Designs, LLC.  Always thinking of crazy inventions to solve problems…on one particular business trip, I recognized the need for a good way to carry a cup of coffee onto the plane while juggling a laptop and carry-on bag. After experimenting with different designs, I ran across the Cup-Pilot and eventually a partnership was born. SamuelHannah is now producing, marketing and selling Cup-Pilot™ products - one of those great travel accessories that travelers can really use.  When you find a product like the Cup-Pilot that provides so much value for less than the price of a few lattes, you want everyone to have one.  The mission of SamuelHannah is to help travelers to enjoy their journey more and to make a difference.