Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron are the primary guides at InventiveLabs. They work individually with the Inventives and the Teams in the program and are available each and every day at the Lab. Read below to learn more about their journeys.
Rick started out his career as a civil engineer after getting his Masters and Bachelors degrees at the University of Virginia. After moving to the computer-aided design industry he attended the Wharton School of Business and earned an MBA. His first startup after Wharton eventually grew to where its products were sold in over 60 countries. After being acquired by Bentley Systems, Rick ran finance for this multinational company that had grown to $338 Million in revenue when he left to do his next startup - Envista. Envista was venture-backed and Rick led the development of a new product for municipalities and utility companies to coordinate their construction projects using an online map-based SaaS product. Revenue doubled every year after product launch until his departure 3 years ago. Rick's research into the next startup led to the idea to form InventiveLabs in collaboration with Tom. InventiveLabs gives Rick the opportunity to share his business experience and product knowledge with young adults that think differently to launch their careers or further their education.
Rick's mind-map resume - click to view
Tom's career has been focused on bringing new products to market. After graduating with an EE degree, he turned down a defense industry job to help a local builder implement a "novelty" technology called CAD (Computer-Aided Design.) His next 20 years was spent customizing CAD for new and diverse markets. Tom joined Softdesk as the fifth employee and helped them grow to Autodesk's largest developer, eventually going public, then being acquired by Autodesk. Tom was Softdesk's first application engineer in the US, he oversaw the opening of the Softdesk Asia office, and he eventually headed up the Softdesk Product Management team prior to their acquisition by Autodesk. Following Autodesk, Tom lived the "dot com" wave, before joining Rick at Infrasoft to help launch the Arenium product in the US. Following Infrasoft's acquisition by Bentley Systems, Tom again joined Rick at Envista as VP of Sales introducing a SaaS product to the utility and municipal markets. Tom looks forward to bringing his experience with new products to InventiveLabs and helping Inventives launch their careers.
Tom's mind-map resume - click to view