As one of our community's most passionate advocates for small business, and a business owner himself, Tom intimately understands the power that entrepreneurship has to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth, and invigorate economies and communities across the globe.
Tom has dedicated his personal and professional work to small business advocacy and is a sought after speaker on topics concerning the importance of small business and entrepreneurship to the vitality of the American economy.
Currently, he serves as an Assistant Dean for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management and School of Social Work.
Tom’s areas of expertise include: entrepreneurship and startups, entrepreneurial skills and attributes, family business, customer loyalty and strategic planning.
Under Tom’s direction, dedicated teams at Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at UB and the Social Innovation Initiative at UB have expanded the university’s interdisciplinary approach to educating business owners, students, and social innovators through experiential learning and mentoring.