A business leader and corporate attorney.
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 four separate companies in the high tech, biotech, foods and consumer goods industries, Tom has the broad-based business experience critical to young growing companies. Tom has led, negotiated and advised on over 100 M&A deals, complex commercial transactions and real estate transactions in 12 countries on 3 continents for public and private companies.
He is a proven General Counsel who does not just manage risk, but acts as a business leader who drives business growth. He has the vision and experience to lead a company's legal function and to immediately contribute to a senior management team. Tom is a creative problem solver with keen business acumen who thrives in a fast-paced business environment. Tom believes in, and practices, a Servant Leadership management philosophy.
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
September 2013 – Present (1 year 7 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. Working with the Company's CEO to drive Company growth and innovate education.
Senior Management and Legal Consultant
★ Northwest Territorial 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.