Tom has spent 26 years successfully creating strategic partnerships in the commercial insurance, consumer products, retail food and franchising industries. He brings a wealth of business development experience both as a risk advisor and corporate insurance broker, as well as an entrepreneur and c-suite executive on the client side. Tom is currently the founder of BD30, a strategic advisory firm focused on identifying and executing business development opportunities for Venture Enterprises and its affiliates.
For nearly two decades in insurance, Tom was senior team leader and risk advisor at the world’s leading risk management firms—including Top Ten global brokerages Aon, Marsh, and USI. Most recently, he was SVP Regional Team Leader for Eastern Insurance Group in Boston, the insurance division of Eastern Bank, the largest privately held and mutually owned bank in the US.
As broker and risk advisor, Tom has created and executed multi $billion dollar enterprise risk management solutions at some of the world’s leading global brands (Akamai, Bose, Dell, Fairchild Semiconductor, Gillette, Hilton, Liberty Mutual, etc.) as well as fast-growth, venture-funded startups. Though his engagements span industry sectors, he has particular strength in Energy and Clean Technology, Hospitality (restaurants/hotels), Franchising, Retail, and Manufacturing.
Fluent in all business risks, Tom has considerable experience with complex multi-billion asset portfolios, global programs and management liability exposures including D&O for both private and public companies (20 IPOs, 12 SPACs, 35 publicly traded firms), cyber risks, Private Equity & VC financings (over $850 mil in total funding) and M&A transactions.
In addition to his insurance career, Tom has held c-level roles at startup firms, notably as Chief Business Development Officer of The Meat House, a national franchisor of an upscale butcher/grocer concept. Through Tom’s business development efforts and sales leadership, TMH grew from an $8 million 5-unit business in New Hampshire and Maine to a national footprint with 32 units in 14 states, over $75 million in sales and more than 200 units under area development agreement in less than 4 ½ years.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Tom earned a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing, followed by a Master in Education from the University of New Hampshire. He also earned the ARM (Associate in Risk Management) professional designation.