Team

The professionals at InvoTek have a passion for people. Each member of our staff works directly with people who have severe disabilities, including our engineers and engineering interns. When you call InvoTek for technical support, you are assisted by one of the engineers who designed the technology you are using. And if you need something to be changed to meet your needs, we usually have the skills to to create what you need -- and if possible, we do this at no cost.

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Thomas Jakobs

President

InvoTek has been Tom’s mission and passion for over 28 years. A licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas, Tom holds BS and MS degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a BA in Theology from St. Gregory University. He is a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), and the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC). Tom is also an ordained deacon within the Roman Catholic Church.

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Diane Jakobs

Vice President of Operations

Diane is a licensed Professional Engineer who holds a BS in Structural Mechanics as well as an MS and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her role at InvoTek, Diane is a Principal Engineer at Rheem Manufacturing.

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Barret Ewing

Chief Engineer

A designer of assistive devices with InvoTek since 2000, Barret holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Barret’s experience includes hardware, software, and mechanical design.

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Erik Jakobs

Lead Software Engineer

Erik has a BA in Physics and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He writes software for our research projects and maintains the product software. He also provides technical support. Erik has worked at InvoTek on a part-time basis since he was about 10 years old -- he is the son of Tom and Diane.

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Ethan Williams

Design Engineer

Ethan has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He works on research projects and helps assist with Be Extraordinary clients. Ethan has worked at InvoTek part-time since May, 2015 and is now a full time employee.

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Jerry Russell

Product Manager

Jerry is in charge of manufacturing at InvoTek. He holds an Associate Degree in Aeronautical Technology from Spartan Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK, and he served as director of maintenance for an aircraft maintenance facility before joining InvoTek. He has worked at InvoTek since May 2007.

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John Riggins

Chief Marketing Officer

John holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. He has held marketing and product management leadership positions with Entergy Corporations and Acxiom.  He is president of The Riggins Group, a marketing advisory firm focused on helping technology startups launch and grow.

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Shawn Adair

Creative Director

Shawn holds a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from the University of Arkansas and is a recipient of an Arkansas Arts Council Individual Fellowship. He has worked on a wide range of projects for InvoTek including product packaging, concept illustrations, photography, and video production.

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Sammy

Security Dog

What's a family-oriented business without a Labrador Retriever? Sammy is in charge of security at InvoTek. He faithfully announces the arrival of the UPS truck. Sammy is a rescue dog with a pronounced limp due to a leg injury when he was a puppy. He fits in well.