No Company can reach its maximum potential without a seasoned team of advisors. Our Fruition Advisors are instrumental in guiding and supporting Fruition as we strategically strive to accomplish our vision. We envision a world where entrepreneurs and innovators, through the eyes of their communities, develop technologies that address the core needs of the people in view of their cultural, social, economic and political ecosystems
Meet the Fruition Core Team below.
Chief Operating Officer
Luana had always had two great passions, science and art. Her experience grew in high school in an Art Magnet school while doing micro-biology research at the same time. At Syracuse University Luana had the opportunity to create her own major (Integrated Product Development) which comprised of Bio-medical Engineering, Industrial design and Anthropology.
Luana is a product design engineer with extensive experience in human factors, biomedical research, and industrial design. She has demonstrated success in graphic user interfaces for web and mobile, innovative ergonomic solutions for household products and medical devices, as well as results-driven e-mail and ad marketing campaigns. She has also contributed to ground-breaking research in the fields of HIV, TB, diabetes, and tissue engineering. Luana is an impactful team leader and project manager with successful track record of designing new product lines resulting in company growth.
Her interest in Fruition Tech Labs comes from her purpose of using her skills to help create products to help and improve lives.
Specialties: User Interface Design (UI/UX Design), Biomedicine, Human Factors, Graphic Design, Product Design, Prototyping, E-mail Marketing, Online sales strategy, Mixed Media artwork, Microbiology lab techniques (cell culture, stains, gels, spectrometry, RT-PCR)
Chief Business Development Officer
Tom Hickey’s faith has played a great role in his drive to manifest meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life. From his postgraduate beginnings at a CPA firm to becoming a president and CEO, Tom has nurtured struggling businesses and provided them the tools and guidance to flourish in competitive markets throughout his impressive 35-year career. Tom’s ability to help increase profitability for a variety of enterprises, from specialty products in the food industry to computer services, demonstrates his deep understanding of not only a successful business framework but also the relationships within it. He also excelled in the acquisition of technologies and companies, taking businesses public and finding buyers for company shareholders.
Though currently retired, Tom continues to consult with developing companies and, as a mentor at Fruition Technology Labs, hopes to assist small businesses realize their own potential and make a difference in the world.
Chief Financial Officer
Shabnam Fallahpour currently works as a problem solver, concept developer for a hardware software integrated startup called FoodGarage where she collaborates closely with the founders to further the business operations of the company.
Shabnam is a MBA candidate at University of Houston-Downtown. She holds her BA from UHD and a leadership certificate from Gator Leadership Academy sponsored by University of Houston System. She has also graduated from National Society of Leadership and Success.
Originally from Iran, she has a diverse background, with experiences living and studying abroad. She is an intern for the Houston Technology Center, where she helped develop and manage the HTC-Skolkovo acceleration partnership as part of the new G.R.O. Houston initiative.
Prior to her arrival in the U.S., she also studied business in Iran and worked in National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company.
Shabnam is a constant learner. She welcomes challenges and this spirit of hers has helped her to evolve her career as a mentor for startups. Shabnam believes in economic wellness for everyone. She trusts in Fruition Technology Labs’ vision and mission for the same reason; a hub for entrepreneurs and those who see ideas and are always moving forward to improve consumer experience more pleasant.
Shabnam finds peace in dancing and is mastering two ballroom dances. She also rides horses in her downtime.
Chief Technical Officer
JP Emery graduated with a degree in finance and has worked for large organizations selling insurance, dealing with distressed mortgages, and most recently valuing businesses for sale.
Mr. Emery believes that the most important qualities to achieve success is the desire to learn and being relentless, means we should never let up when a problem needs to be solved.
JP first came to Fruition as an inventor. After being taken part way through the process and seeing others succeed he was inspired to contribute to the future success of Fruition and wanted to be a part of that process. He hopes that his involvement would support Fruition to be the most successful pre-accelerator in the United States.
Chief Executive Officer
Wesley Okeke had the spark of creativity and a love of science bred in him from the start. Born and raised in Nigeria to a lively family of six children, Wesley learned much about the world from his parents, a civil engineer and a dietician. As a child, he aspired to be a scientist, often taking things apart and building electronic gadgets from random parts - with the occasional electrical fire here and there. Each year, he looked forward to his annual trips to the U.S., where he would buy new tools and gadgets at Radio Shack to feed his passion for electronics and creative problem-solving.
At the age of 14, Wesley moved to the U.S. to attend Indiana’s prestigious Culver Military Academy. The Academy instilled in him an additional level of discipline, maturity, responsibility and independence. One summer at the tender of age of 16, Wesley returned home to Nigeria to manage a 15-person team at his parents’ hotel, giving him his first taste of managing a team, organizing and building a business.
After graduation, Wesley continued his academic pursuits at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in computer science. A self-taught computer programmer at the age of 21, he began to build computers and write his own computer programs, which led to his creation of a real estate program that he utilized as a real estate agent, broker and property manager.
At 24, Wesley stepped away from real estate to further a career in computer programming at Arthur Blank. From programmer to Department Manager and finally to a Project Engineer, Wesley steadily continued his career growth in both technology and business. It was then that Wesley met Lance Goodwin, who became his mentor and friend at Arthur Blank. It was under Arthur’s guidance and friendship that Wesley became inspired to pay the support forward by mentoring others and was also compelled to satisfy his burning desire for the advancement of technology in all areas of his company. With a few challenges along the way, including Lance’s departure from the company, Wesley applied his passion for and growing interest in automation engineering. In just three days, he built a solution-based program for his company to the attention of the management team. A decade later, he switched gears to pursue application engineering, working with new technology and quickly moving up in that area of the company over the next year.
Wesley strongly believes that God put him on earth to contribute to society positively and to humanity sacrificially for the greater good of others. Over the years, his strong desire to help people reach their true potential as so many others in his life had helped him to do has become his focus and inspired him to found Fruition Technology Labs.