We partner with education industry professionals and organizations who are passionate about innovation and learning.


Thompson Drake is an education-specific Public Relations & Marketing agency committed to enhancing our clients' visibility and reputation. Clients enjoy the attentiveness of a small firm with the experience and technical resources and connections of a larger agency. Strong and effective client relationships are made possible through our dedicated and knowledgeable team, comprised of professionals who understand and value the importance of long-term relationships and are committed to orchestrating results-driven campaigns.

Most importantly, we know the education industry.

To Contact Thompson Drake directly:

Doug Thompson:  Doug@thompsondrake.com

Jean Thompson:  Jean@thompsondrake.com


Phone: 541-322-9345   Fax: 541-322-9346

DeBakey International

George T. DeBakey has been involved in international business for more than 35 years in the private and public sectors.  Mr. DeBakey assists educational firms to expand and develop their business in the U.S. and globally.

During his career, George has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Commerce and was the first to be serve as the Director of the Technology and Information Industries Office. Mr. DeBakey has also served as the Executive Director of the Information Technology Association of America.

Mr. DeBakey began his career with Rockwell International and served in various position. During his time in Cairo, Egypt.  George was the founder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt.  He currently serves as a board member  of the Smithsonian Science Education Center National Advisory Board, which promotes STEM education and provides science curriculum for K-12 schools.

Mr. DeBakey has degrees from Drake University, American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and Southern Methodist University.  George has taught at various institutes of higher learning and has served on the Advisory Boards for Edweb.net and the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. 



Education Technology Industry Network of the SIIA

Forward Thinking EDU is proud to be a member of the Education Technology Industry Network of the Software Information Industry Association.  The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 180 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information

For more information on the SIIA visit www.siia.net