James R. Thompson, Esq
Chief Executive Officer, President & General Counsel
Over the past 28 years, Jim has deftly managed a colorful spectrum of legal clients and situations. In the process he has helped many companies—both large and small—thrive. A master communicator with a history of long, valued client relationships, Jim approached each case with equal parts entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, investing himself as if the venture in question was his own. And, this passion and proficiency didn’t go unnoticed.
One of his long-term clients, Joseph Fiore of Eat at Joe’s, Ltd., saw the opportunity to transform his business and immediately thought only of Jim for a leadership role. Now as CEO, President and General Counsel of SPYR, Inc., Jim welcomed the challenge to take the Company—and his career—in an entirely new direction. And, true to character, he got right down to business. Soon after joining the company, Jim was instrumental in the acquisition of Franklin Networks, Inc., a digital publishing company with eight online brands. This decision sparked a dramatic shift in the Company’s core focus and offerings—one that resulted in the rebirth of the Company as SPYR, Inc., a digital media holding company. Jim expects this to be the first of many great things on the horizon.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Jim holds a JD from Rutgers University and a BSBA from the University of Denver.
Jennifer Duettra, Esq
Executive Vice President, Secretary and Assistant General Counsel
Jennifer and Jim share a long and successful working history, and when given the opportunity to join the SPYR team with him, Jennifer couldn’t say no. Jennifer brings to the table not only a law degree from Harvard and 10 years of sophisticated legal experience, but also a great deal of knowledge in mobile gaming and pop culture; a combination you don’t run into every day. She was thrilled by the prospect to combine her law experience with a chance to be creative.
In her role as Executive Vice President, Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of SPYR, Jennifer has wide ranging responsibilities. From drafting and reviewing contracts and press releases, to evaluating business opportunities and brainstorming new ideas for the websites and games. In short, Jennifer does it all and does it well. She has high expectations about the future of SPYR and believes there is great opportunity in the areas of content expansion, mobile gaming and CATS! Did we mention Jennifer has a fantastic sense of humor, a keen interest in all things pop culture and a deep love for mobile games? Well, she does.
Jennifer was born and raised in Colorado receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communication from Colorado State University. She ventured out of Colorado for law school, earning her Juris Doctor at Harvard.
Chief Financial Officer
Barry brings 23+ years of accounting, auditing and tax experience to the SPYR management team. Since 1993, Barry, a certified public accountant, has worked for clients in a variety of industries such as restaurant/hospitality, pharmaceutical, wholesale, and precious metals/minerals. Barry also has substantial experience with mergers and acquisitions. He’s seen it all. But more importantly, he is intimately familiar with the inner workings of SPYR. After years of providing high quality service to the Company as its outside auditor and then outside accountant, Barry jumped at the opportunity to become SPYR’s Chief Financial Officer.
As CFO, Barry oversees three main areas including controllership, treasury and economic strategy/forecasting. His thumb is firmly on the pulse of SPYR’s past and present financial outlook, financial condition and capital structure. He is also responsible for identifying areas for SPYR to capitalize on, while also evaluating potential business opportunities, which is no small task. His strong work ethic and passion for technology drive his day-to-day work as he helps SPYR expand into the future.
Barry was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he continues to live, work and raise his family. He received his Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Utah. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
An online games industry veteran, Mike has held leadership roles for companies such as Wargaming America, Inc. (the developer and publisher of World of Tanks), Big Collision Games and FASA Studios at Microsoft. While at Wargaming, Turner drove partnership activities for Wargaming's own eSports organization in the Americas, the Wargaming.net League.
Mike has most recently worked for iDreamSky Technology as its VP of the West where he continued to grow his international network of contacts, particularly in Asia, where iDreamSky is based. Mike was also the President of byDesign Interactive Corp., a company that provides game industry development and consulting services for companies like Microsoft, EA, Wild Tangent, Sky Digital Solutions and other game publishers and developers.