As a business leader and corporate attorney, Tom has led, negotiated and advised on over 100 M&A deals, complex commercial transactions and real estate deals in 12 countries, on 3 continents for public and private companies.
Tom has been a "consigliore" to CEOs, a counselor to senior management, and a mentor to younger business colleagues. Having served as General Counsel of five separate companies in the high tech, biotech, foods and consumer goods industries, Tom has the broad-based business experience critical to helping young growing companies. Working through their problems, issues, solutions, and successes has given him the tools to help ensure the future success of your business.
He is a proven business lawyer who does not just manage risk, but acts as a business leader who helps companies, entrepreneurs and business managers solve legal problems to help drive profitable business growth. He has the vision and experience to help your company compete and win in difficult situations andhelp you navigate through complex commercial transactions. Tom is a creative problem solver with keen business acumen. Whether you need help with corporate matters, standard business contracts, distribution arrangements, licensing or legal strategy in the high tech, foods, or personal products industries, he is here to help. Tom also is a mentor/coach, assisting entrepreneurs and start-up companies with the ZINO Society, a Seattle community of Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Connectors. See: http://zinosociety.com/coaches/current-coaches-2/
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
AlvaEDU, Inc. Online Education and SaaS software
September 2013 – January 2015 (1 year 5 months) Boca Raton, Florida
Responsible for all legal matters, including company structure, intellectual property protection and contracts with university clients, as well as benefits and human resources matters. Worked with shareholders and outside investors on fund raising, convertible notes and secured financing.
Senior Management and Legal Consultant
★ Northwest Territorial Mint ★ Nations Largest Private Mint
June 2011 – August 2013 (2 years 3 months) Federal Way Washington
Worked with the Company's Founder and CEO in an entrepreneurial environment to establish professional business practices to provide the foundation for the Company's next stage of growth.Management and P&L responsibility for a 60-person division that manufactures and sells military medals and service ribbons.
EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
ECONET, Inc. Biotech, Dietary Supplements, Foods and Neutraceuticals Company
2004 – June 2011 (7 years)
Responsible for all legal matters, including contract negotiation and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, IP protection, litigation management and regulatory compliance for $125 Million Korean-owned Biotech, Food Ingredients and Natural Products Company. Company's first General Counsel.
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
Vitality Foodservice, Inc. $250Million Food Service Company
2002 – 2004 (2 years)
Responsible for legal strategy, regulatory compliance, consumer complaints, commercial transactions and litigation management for $250 Million Foodservice Company with operations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Company's first General Counsel.
M&A and Legal Adviser
Pharmaceutical and Medical Foods Company
2001 – 2002 (1 year)
Advised pharmaceutical start-up on its "roll-up" acquisition strategy of regional specialty pharmaceutical companies and led due diligence on potential acquisitions.
Vice President and General Counsel
DBT Onlne, Inc.
Personal Data Aggregation and Information Technology Company (now part of Reed Elsevier)
1997 – 2000 (3 years)
Responsible for legal strategy, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, commercial transactions and litigation management for $100 Million public (NYSE) Information Technology and Data company. Company's First General Counsel.
Associate General Counsel, Corporate and Real Estate
World's Second Largest Consumer Goods and Foods Company
1989 – 1997 (8 years) New York, New York
Managed 6-person U.S. Corporate and Real Estate Practice Group responsible for domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial transactions, joint ventures and real estate matters for the world's second largest Foods and Consumer Products Company.