THOMAS FREY, founder of the Colorado-based DaVinci Institute, will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Ag Leadership Breakfast 6:30 a.m., Feb. 12, at Tulare, Calif., held in conjunction with World Ag Expo.

Launched in 1997 as a non-profit futurist think tank, the DaVinci Institute has emerged as a center of visionary thought, attracting both a national and international following of idea junkies and business leaders alike.

“The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business strategies,” says Frey.

As the executive director and senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute, Frey works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.

As a keynoter, Frey continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His presentations on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, GE, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company and many more.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Frey spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer, receiving over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).

Frey has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder County Business Report, and is the author of the 1998 book, “Inventions of Impact”. He currently writes a newsletter entitled “News from the Future,” and has written numerous articles on a wide range of futurist topics. He has also been a contributing writer for The Futurist magazine and is editor of The Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog.

The annual leadership breakfast is a fund raiser for the California Agriculture Leadership Foundation and over the past 15 years has raised $560,000. The non-profit foundation competitively awards fellowships to high-potential men and women to participate in the intensive two-year California Agricultural Leadership Program.

The Program emphasizes the development of fellows as change agents and highlights two complementary dimensions of leadership – internal and external. The program consists of 14 seminars throughout California, one national trip, and an international trip. The foundation recently seated its 39th class.

For tickets go to: worldagexpo.com