Co-Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
Tom is Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman for Beckway. He currently serves private and private equity-owned companies in very active, hands-on Board Director roles helping CEOs accelerate sustainable growth and prepare for successful transactions.
From 2013-2020, Tom was an Operating Partner at The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm making control investments in growing middle-market businesses. At any given time, Tom served as Chairman of the Board for three to five companies, typically for the duration of each hold from diligence through exit. Tom earned a strong reputation for working in collaborative partnership with executive teams to plan and accelerate company performance and exit value.
Before Riverside, Tom was an Operating Partner with Sun Capital, serving interim leadership and operational restructuring roles across portfolio companies in both the U.S. and Europe. Prior to that, he was a senior practitioner with the restructuring firm AlixPartners, where Tom led company-wide transformation programs for private equity-sponsored portfolio companies. These included growth strategies, merger integrations, and company turnarounds.
Tom started his career as an Industrial Engineer for a former division of Union Carbide. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research. He subsequently earned an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Tom lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife of almost 30 years and together they have five children.