Thomas Frey – As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, he works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the “Father of Invention”. The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligencer have referred to him as the “Dean of Futurists”.
Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).
Tom has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder County Business Report, and is the author of the 1998 book “Inventions of Impact”. He currently writes a newsletter entitled “News from the Future” and has written numerous articles on a wide range of futurist topics. He has also been a contributing writer for The Futurist Magazine and is the Editor of the Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog.
Deb Frey is the Vice President of the DaVinci Institute with responsibility for the company’s Global Design and New Business Development. In this role, she continues to advance the corporate initiative, which is, as Deb puts it, “Creating the future we all want for our children.” As DaVinci Institute’s Vice President, Deb helps to define the key projects and initiatives for resource commitment, keeps her finger on the pulse of the local social climate and prides herself in understanding and embracing a talented and diverse world-wide community.
Deb serves as booking agent for Futurist Keynote Speaker Thomas Frey. She handles the booking, contracts and travel arrangements to ensure a great experience for both the client and for Thomas.
Deb also serves as a contributing editor to the Impact Lab, the DaVinci Institute blog billed as “a laboratory of the future human experience.” She is an expert in the latest trends in research, news reviews, topical studies, and all the “crazy stuff” ignored by mainstream media.
In addition to her executive duties, Deb helps to systematize the many faces of DaVinci Institute including DaVinci Coders and DaVinci Inventor Showcase. Innovative and inventive her staff will tell you, “She sparkles”.
Her responsibilities include recruiting and screening applicants, student testing and interviews, progress reports, maintaining student records, building a strong online and social media presence, newsletters, and a myriad of other tasks that come up along the way.
Jan has long been the Executive Assistant and Chief Organizer working behind the scenes to keep everything operating smoothly at the Institute.
For many years, she has helped manage the speaking schedule, bookings, meetings, and travel logistics for Futurist Thomas Frey. In addition, she has been the master scheduler of calendars, events, meetings, workshops, newsletters, contacts, and logistics. With over eight years of excellence, her contributions have been endless.
Ms. Wagner is a vital piece of the Institute’s day to day operations and we’re proud to have her as a part of the team.
Jessica Morgan. DaVinci Coders would not exist without a Master of the Secret Code and that’s where Jessica comes in.
Working at the heart of DaVinci Coders Micro College operation, Jessica Morgan is responsible for managing both the facilities, staff, student body, and community outreach, as well as scraping everyone’s windshields whenever it gets icy out.
Don’t ever let her fool you if she acts like she doesn’t understand something. Jessica has become a master of smiling and acting blond while calculating out the chess-game of life seven moves ahead of most people.
In the highly interactive routines at the DaVinci Institute, Jessica has become a critical piece of the equation, carefully assembling every piece of the daily puzzle. And when pieces go missing, that’s when she’s at her best. To her, life is nothing without code, and she remains the Master of the Secret Code.
David Baur Ray. As the only member of Team DaVinci with his own personal BatPhone, David is well aware that battling awareness in a marketing campaign can be every bit as brutal as battling the bad guys in Gotham City.
He also knows that colorful characters get extra style points in our ongoing quest for attention.
With a four-year degree in marketing from the University of Colorado, David has demonstrated a remarkable talent for web-based marketing, and doing everything on a shoestring budget.
Under David’s leadership, DaVinci Coders has become one of the most recognizable code school brands in the U.S. By doing in-depth studies on user demographics, traffic patterns, and conversion analytics, he has been able to find the critical inflection points and press all the right buttons.
For this reason, David embodies the spirit of Batman. In the famous words of Alfred Pennyworth, “That’s the point of Batman. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice.”
Micale Medina. Whenever a potted plant is moved or a light switch is mysteriously flipped, she quickly slips into a nearby phone booth, slips on a mask, and dons her role as Secret Agent Micale Medina.
In normal civilian life, Micale works as the Speaking Agent for Futurist Thomas Frey and Executive Assistant for VP Debra Frey. As one of the newer members of Team DaVinci, she has quickly established herself as a key point of contact for operations, logistics, strategy, and anything requiring a cape.
With a crooked smile and a wink of the eye, she is the one that can be trusted to deliver, no matter what the project entails. When she’s not leaping tall buildings or playing the role of a superhero, Micale assumes the role of mild mannered Assistant Program Manager for DaVinci Coders where you will find her interviewing students, helping the instructors, and nursing some of her own wounds from doing that tall building thing.
Teresa Rabenberg Grobecker is an independent broker specializing in benefits, insurance, asset management and tax and estate strategy planning. She specializes in generational wealth building and transfer strategies through estate planning, primarily helping families with real estate portfolios and business owners with succession planning and advanced retirement planning. Most of her business is referred by attorneys, CPAs and financial advisers. She works closely with her clients to develop strategies around protection and tax advantages to both preserve wealth and protect assets.
Teresa is also a university professor and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve and their two sons.
Tom Franklin is Under Secretary for Intellectual Property for the Institute and integral member of the operations team. Besides regularly speaking at events, Tom donates his time to advise the Institute on Intellectual Property (IP) legal issues. He can be found at many Institute events giving attendees advice on patent and trademark issues and regularly contributing to the planning and long term vision of the Institute.
Tom is a Patent Attorney with the Denver office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, the oldest and largest group of IP attorneys in the West. He frequently speaks to groups around the country on the importance of protecting IP. Tom’s technical background is in electronics and software and his IP practice focuses on high-tech companies wanting to sensibly protect their IP.
Darby Frey is the Chief Technical Officer at the Institute. Besides maintaining the office network and the bank of Institute-owed servers, he spends his time researching emerging Internet technologies and business trends.
Darby brings with him a vast experience as a Systems Developer for Electricshoes Productions in designing computer networks, configuring hardware, programming web interfaces, and in developing e-commerce systems. His extensive technical background gives him unusually good insight into the intricacies of the emerging technologies.
Darby is a Lead Developer at Belly, a Customer Loyalty Company based in Chicago.
Karl Dakin is the Under Secretary for Entrepreneurship at the Institute. Previously he was the Principal at Karl Dakin LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in angel investment and business incubation. In this capacity he provided legal representation for emerging businesses, educational institutions, trade organizations and professional associations in a variety of legal matters including licensing, contracts, employment, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution on state, national and international transactions.
Mr. Dakin is the co-author of book: Technology Transfer: Financing and Commercializing the High Tech Product or Service–From Research to Roll Out. Published in 1991 by Probus Publishing Ltd., the book became widely adopted as a primer on the subject of technology transfer. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Dakin wrote the SoftLaw column for the IEEE Journal on Software.
Within the last five years, Mr. Dakin has participated in raising over $15 million in angel funding and grants for several small businesses and non-profit organizations.