In addition to his management responsibilities of Gridiron Capital, Tom is a Member of the Investment Committee and focuses on new investment opportunities, due diligence, and value creation at current portfolio companies.
He currently serves on the boards of Essential Cabinetry Group, Jacent Strategic Merchandising, Leaf Home Solutions™, Legility, Powerstep, Rough Country, The Service Companies, Tokyo Joe’s, and Travel Nurse Across America. Tom previously served on the boards of multiple Gridiron Capital partnerships, including Dent Wizard, Electronic Systems Protection, Engage2Excel, McKenzie Sports Products, Motion Recruitment Partners, PAS Technologies, Inc., Performance Health, and Quality Solutions, Inc.
Tom has over 30 years of relevant experience, with over 25 years of acquiring and building middle-market companies. He spent five years in manufacturing operations, marketing, project management, cost benchmarking, strategy, and management consulting.
Prior to co-founding Gridiron Capital, he was a managing director of Butler Capital Corporation, where he acquired and built middle-market companies in the manufacturing, service, and specialty consumer markets. Previously, Tom worked as a consultant and project manager with The Boston Consulting Group out of its Chicago office. Prior to BCG, Tom was with General Electric as a manufacturing and marketing manager, a technology project consultant, and a global sourcing manager in GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. Tom started his career working in his family’s manufacturing business.
Education & Personal
Tom received a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, where he played varsity football and was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Tom and his wife reside in Connecticut. He has five sons.