All three founders have been long time teachers at Austin's St. Stephen's School and combined have seven small children.
Brad Powell a.k.a. “Daddy Brad” earned a B.A. in economics from the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and an M.B.A from St. Edward’s University in Austin Texas. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of DadLabs Inc. and is in charge of all business operations of the company. Daddy Brad serves as co-host for two of the DadLabs weekly web shows and is an avid daddy blogger, accomplished parenting speaker and social media panelist.
Powell is co-author of DadLabs Guide To Fatherhood, Pregnancy and Year One, “ Quirk Books 2009” and co-author of The Effects of Developmental Mentoring on Connectedness and Academic Achievement published in The School Community Journal Fall 2002. Powell is a regular columnist for the web publication Destination Maternity.com and was selected as Dad of the Month by I-Parenting Media in May of 2008. He is an avid Tweeter and was recently named to Austin Social Media’s Top 100 list.
Brad is one heck of a harmonica player, and a regular in music venues and recording studios in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capitol of the World, where he makes his home with his wife and three wonderful children.
Clay Nichols is a husband, father, author, playwright, teacher, and now screenwriter and television host. He has written over a dozen plays for both young and adult audiences that have been produced across the country, most recently in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Louisville, Kentucky. Titles include Appleseed John, The Speaker Speaks and The Nose in Exile. His plays have received awards from the Center for American History at the University of Texas, the Austin Critics' Table, The Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, and Stages Theatre of Houston, among others. His book “Pulling Off Your Shorts: Filmmaking for Teens” co-authored with Troy Lanier, published in April 2005 by Michael Wiese Productions, has been widely praised by critics and kids alike. A second and revised edition will be released in 2010.
Nichols is a veteran of a dozen years in the high school classroom, having taught in the areas of English, Creative Writing, Drama and Filmmaking. As a consequence he has read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn way too many times.
Nichols is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas where he was a James A. Michener Fellow at the Texas Center for Writers. He is founder and director of the Theatre Focus program at St. Stephen's School and the Texas Arts Project. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children ages eleven, eight and five.
Troy supervises all production, post production, encoding, and uploading for DadLabs.com. Other responsibilities include video analytics, website, distribution, on-screen talent, and business development.
His first production, Star Wars and Monkey Bars, was cast on the fourth grade playground. Since then he has worked for NASA, produced documentaries on diverse topics such as New Urbanism, Immigiration and Folk Art in Mexico. Comfortable on rope and in high places, Lanier also travels with climbing and caving expeditions.
Troy is the co-author of Filmmaking for Teens, now in its second edition.
Lanier holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children.
Creator of the popular DadLabs show "Daditude." Owen Egerton is also the author of a collection of short stories How to Best Avoid Dying, the novel Marshall Hollenzer is Driving, several screenplays (including the award winning Evil Twinkie) and a number of essays. His writing has been featured in Puerto del Sol, Killing the Buddha, Tiferet, Word Riot, and several other magazines and literary journals.
Owen earned a MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University in 2005. He is also the co-creator of the hit comedy troupe The Sinus Show that performed for six years at the Alamo Drafthouse and for several years was the artistic director of Austin’s National Comedy Theatre. He is a contributing commentator for public radio, an accomplished recording artist and founder of the equal marriage rights group The Right to Marry. Owen lives in Austin, Texas with his hot wife Jodi and brilliant kids Arden and Oscar.
Dixie Davis graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio/TV/Film in 2008 and since then has been working tirelessly for DadLabs by shooting and editing videos, updating the website and generally making sure things run smoothly. For more info visit her website.
Erica is the Digital Media Specialist at DadLabs where she assists with digital asset management, video distribution, search engine optimization, and social media and marketing efforts. She's a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, where she earned her MBA in Digital Media Management in May 2010. She got her start at DadLabs during a summer 2009 internship.
Erica holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to beginning graduate studies, she worked as the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator for the City of McAllen, Texas Parks and Recreation Department.
Mark Scholes is the driving force behind the design of the new DadLabs website. He is a member of the design team at Third Rail Creative and is also a dad himself.
Darren Peterson of Launch Interactive Media has been instrumental at developing the new and previous versions of DadLabs.com
Alec is a composer that has written music in many genres and for many mediums of broadcast media and live performance. He has studied composition and jazz piano performance at Northwestern University, University of Miami, University of Maryland, and the University of Pittsburgh. Alec has also performed extensively as a pianist and keyboardist in several regional rock and funk bands, as well as gigging regularly as a jazz pianist. He is "daddy" to his lovely daughter, Catie, and frequently views the DadLabs site for parenting tips, advice, and some laughs. Please visit www.alecsummers.com for more info and examples of his compositional work.
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