Our Team

Stan Spencer

Founder: Stan Spencer was a mechanical and systems engineer at Xerox for 20+ years, working in New York, London, and Portland. He holds 16 US patents and several others internationally.  Stan approached the development of the blökalöks building system from the perspective of product design and the mass production of one common component to achieve low cost and tight tolerances.

Chris Hacker

Advisor: Chris Hacker recently retired as Chair of Product Design at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Previously, Chris was Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller, Chief Design Officer for Johnson & Johnson, and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™.

Rusty Clifton

Founder: Rusty Clifton has over 15 years leading branding efforts for large brands such as Band-Aid, Listerine, Reach, Benadryl and MAC Cosmetics. He has also worked with household names such as Disney, American Express, Nickelodeon and Mattel and has design awards from Cannes, Art Directors Club, Webby, One Show, Clio, and the AIGA.

Shaun McAaravey

Advisor: Shaun McAravey  is an entrepreneur who has founded and/or owned multiple software related companies in a broad range of markets from financial services to electrical power systems. He has been an expert witness in litigation involving Microsoft, Google, and others.

Ted Balderree

Designer: Ted Balderree has a background in product design and digital design tools which has helped him contribute to the digital design landscape at automotive and consumer product companies, in the US and internationally. He has had experience in some of the largest design departments in the US (GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Nike) as well as Alias and Autodesk.

Tom Jensen

Developer: Tom Jensen has been building technology solutions for over 20 years. He has lead teams and built web and mobile applications for organizations such as Kaplan Educational, Janssen Pharmeceutica, Schering-Plough, Avnet, Boise Inc., Deseret News, UC Davis, UCLA, and Boise State University.