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.
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.
Teofi Gomez is currently the founder of The Platypus Creative a digital marketing agency in Houston Texas. Gomez started her dream as a marketer at in an Insurance Company several years ago and which brought out what she is truly passionate about; increasing a business's revenue through human centered marketing.
Teofi shares that often business owners and startups focus so much on their product, company, or organization that they tend to forget that their mission is to offer solutions to people. Teofi joined Fruition as a gateway to understanding the future of entrepreneurship. She appreciates the help startups received from Fruition by reminding them to focus on their human centered value proposition.
Gomez absolutely loves art. Both in making art and admiring it. In college she had her work featured twice in the university's annual gallery and has visited almost every museum in Houston and hopes to visit many more around the globe. She is also a music junky. and loves all kinds of music, anything from jazz to hip-hop. She also collect vinyls.