Richard Margolin is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of RoboKind. He is no stranger to startups, having started many different companies before RoboKind. Richard worker with universities on studies that suggested robots could engage children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) more effectively than with humans to help develop essential social skills. He has guided his team to create a cost-effective robot that can be used in schools and clinics around the world. With research experience ranging from nanotech to humanoid robotics, Margolin is eminently qualified to oversee development that modernizes educational practices. He has also demonstrated noteworthy business acumen—among other things RoboKind has been an IBM SmartCamp Global Finalist and won Launch Festival’s Best Education Company award. Margolin is also a Forbes Technology Council member, a 2017 Tech Titan, and this year was named a Finalist for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® in the Southwest region. Margolin has been a proactive member of the educational vanguard for years, and he brings technological insight and visionary leadership to a vitally important issue in education today. Richard attended Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Fred Margolin is the CEO and co-founder of RoboKind and a serial entrepreneur who has created several companies in the insurance, finance, real estate, media and technology fields. He has had several successful exits, including an NYSE IPO, company sale to GE Capital, and been involved in several mergers and acquisitions. With his experience, he helped develop RoboKind’s business plan and financed the company’s first venture. He also contributed to leading RoboKind’s full product concepts, making sure that when teachers start working with RoboKind’s robots they have all the tools and support they need to be successful. Now, he helps RoboKind develop marketing strategies and business strategies. Instead of pushing the technological advances that Milo and RoboKind bring, they focus on the benefits Milo offers and the impact he has on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Greg Firn is the chief operating officer and has over 33 years of experience in public education. He has a passion for working with underrepresented groups and improving their educational opportunities. He has been aiding RoboKind with driving statewide implementation of the Robots4Autism and Robots4STEM while providing guidance for school administrations looking to make a difference in their students’ lives.
Dr. Firn served 12 years as a Superintendent and over 21 years in myriad roles such as Deputy Superintendent, Executive Director, High School Principal, Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach in school systems in North Carolina, Connecticut, Washington State, and Nevada, as well as service in the Department of Defense. Greg transitioned from public service, joining RoboKind, to assist with driving more efficient, effective and evidence-based solutions for schools, school systems, and organizations committed to educating all of America’s children. Dr. Firn earned his doctorate from Seattle Pacific University where his research focused on learner-centered education. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Firn is the product of the public school system including an undergraduate degree from Washington State University.