Teka Thomas

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Teka Thomas, B.B.A. '97
UM Alumnus develops lightweight solution to stay active in all environments.

Teka Thomas graduated from the University of Miami School of Business with a BBA in 1997. After a tour in the Air Force and time spent in law school, he settled in Washington, DC.

In May 2014, he wanted to go for a short jog after work, but stay hydrated and carry keys and a cell phone. His current brand name hydration pack was just too big and cumbersome for the task, and fanny packs and pockets were less than ideal. "It was just about user experience; a normal backpack was just too much friction," explained Thomas.

So in an effort to find a solution, Thomas took to the Internet to conduct research, searching for a low profile, minimalist backpack to easily slip on; with no luck. He was then inspired to design and create something that would work far better: Vrypac.
Teka wearing VrypacConnections with family guided his development of the backpack and after a couple years, the product is launching and available for purchase through Amazon. The Vrypac also includes a waterproof sleeve for cell phones and other valuables.

According to Teka, those who enjoy short outdoor exercise and organized races would benefit from the new product, but it's useful for everything from obstacle courses to sailing and rock climbing. He describes one of the best features of the Vrypac bag as aligning to one's center of gravity, easing the comfort and mobility of exercise with the bag. Other uses include simply using Vrypac as a purse.

To learn more about Vrypac, visit their Facebook page and find it on Amazon.