Tom Eckmann has
more than 35 years experience with startup, early-stage and
growth companies. His business experience spans careers in management consulting, business
entrepreneurship, teaching and authorship.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Springboard Academy and the
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
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
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.”
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.
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
for some project descriptions.