We grew up in South Florida and spent a lot of time at the beach and in the pool. We built stuff all the time, starting with Legos and Lincoln Logs, followed by Tinker Toys, Erector sets and Capsela machines. We loved the creative freedom to build whatever our imaginations could conceive. The Thirst Mate is the first product in the Drinker Toys family. Our vision is to develop a series of inter-connectable and infinitely configurable pieces that allow you to create more fun while you’re on the water.

Dave went on to Auburn (Mass Communications), and Pete went to Wake Forest (History) and got his MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory. We both migrated to Atlanta where we’ve been in business together since 1999 when we started a post-production company for film, television, and commercials. Dave runs the creative/technology and Pete runs the business. Since then we’ve grown into a production company, Labtopia Farms, where we are helping clients better tell their stories to connect and engage their customers. We’ve always had an eye on fun from the 24 foot fire pole in our first office and our epic Halloween parties, to Dave’s self-balancing electric unicycle.

Peter L. Ballard – Inventor-Maker-Family Man

David C. Ballard – Inventor-Maker-Electric Unicycle Rider