Brian Thomas

 THOMAS - WIN_20140824_153924 (3) Brian Thomas, Founder KIPNspire Group

A robotics competition in High School changed my life. I was always a kid who made the grades but I didn’t have a passion outside the baseball diamond. My Dallas Lincoln High School robotics team along with my Computer Systems Networking class gave me the confidence I needed to pursue a degree in Technology(both led by Tracey Etheredge). Upon my arrival at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) I received coaching and guidance from two very influential people: Dr. Charles Colen and Mr. O.C. Duffy. Their guidance during my collegiate years led me to become a two-term NSBE President and STEM Tutor/Mentor and graduate top of my class with a Degree in Industrial Technology. I combined all of these experiences and put them on display over a very successful and rewarding career in Corporate America.  My career has included working for Fortune 500 businesses, Graduating from a Leadership Develop Program, receiving Corporate Recruiter Award, International Business Travel, and Managing/Leading teams to produce over ($200M in sales). I've stepped away to pursue my calling toward educating and motivating our next generation of STEM leaders. In May of 2014 I officially began my journey with an organization I founded named KIPNspire “Where Knowledge Is Power”. With the help of great organizations like LSMCE KIPNspire is given opportunities to share knowledge and information to the masses. Sharing knowledge is my life and I know the need is great; LSAMP is leading the way in improving the recruitment, retaining, and deployment of URM STEM students into the field of Industry and Education.

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