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About Tom

Tom Eckmann has more than 35 years experience with startup, early-stage and growth companies.  His business experience spans careers in management consulting, business management, entrepreneurship, teaching and authorship.

As a consultant, Tom worked with A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and PRTM (an affiliate of KPMG Peat Marwick). He worked on more than fifty projects, where he dealt with complex operations management issues in many different businesses. Tom also served as an interim executive and directed restructuring projects for six different technology companies.

As a business executive, Tom was the senior manufacturing and operations executive at Anova Electronics (a consumer electronics division of Dart & Kraft) and Digital Systems Intl. (a publicly held manufacturer of call center management systems). 

As an entrepreneur, Tom has started Kyan Software which developed programming language compilers and development tools for Apple computers (purchased); Absolute Business Services which specialized in optimization and outsourcing of administrative functions (purchased); and Momentum Systems which developed software to support distribution of large format construction drawings and specifications via the Internet (purchased).

In 2005, Tom founded Greenwood Technologies to develop clean-burning, biomass heating solutions for homes and business.  Within 3 years, Greenwood became a leader in this rapidly growing industry with more than 170 dealer locations and sales exceeding $10 million per year. 

Because of his work at Greenwood and in the clean-tech community, in 2008 Governor Gregoire invited Tom to join Washington State’s Climate Action Team.  This group was chartered with developing programs and incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and building the “green economy” in Washington State.

Tom's latest start-up is the Springboard Academy and the Solopreneur Institute.

Tom is a lecturer on the faculty of the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

In March 2011, Tom was contracted by Interise and the Small Business Administration to deliver the StreetWise Steps to Small Business Growth™ curriculum to Native American businesses in Washington state.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN) for 12 years where he held numerous posts including Chairman.  NWEN is a non-profit organization with more than 800 members and pursues of mission of “helping entrepreneurs succeed.”

Tom is author of An Interpreneur’s Journey: The Birth of a “New Economy” Business.  The book is a fictionalized account of a start-up and describes many of the typical misadventures and lessons-learned. It is also a how-to guide, which describes the steps involved in starting a new venture.

Tom earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California in Berkeley.

 

Over the course of his career, Tom has led or participated in dozens of projects in a very diverse set of industries.  Click here for some project descriptions.

 

 

 
 

 

Tom Eckmann

Absolute Business Services Inc.

PO Box 19860 ● Seattle, Washington 98109

Phone: 206-441-2067 ● Fax: 206-350-5235

Teckmann@AbsoluteBusiness.com

 

 
     
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