Our two principals have advised over 1,500 start-up businesses, founded or co-founded ten companies and served in senior leadership roles, purchased businesses in leveraged buy-outs and exited several companies successfully.
Marked by eclectic interests, high-energy levels, both share an intuitive approach to seeking and creating value. Both believe in the discipline of identifying a reasonable-sized market, exploiting weaknesses in that market, offering a better alternative while meeting key milestones.
Neither principal has a business degree, nor would they want one. In their view, it’s more of a hindrance than a help in launching and running a business.
Tom has degrees in Physics from Wake Forest and Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He is an amateur astronomer who worked on the Galileo Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as his first job. He has been a key executive ad several successful startups on the West Coast and has taught entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For a time he headed up the new venture incubator and assisted faculty members in commercialization of their inventions. Tom has also served as a mentor in the NC Council for Entrepreneurial Development venture mentoring service. He’s made over 25 trips to Asia.
Jon has held executive roles in digital media, financial services, regenerative medicine and cloud computing. He has built and managed entrepreneurship educational and funding programs for regional and multi-state economic development initiatives. He is also a published poet, book reviewer and short story writer who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from UNC Greensboro.
The BoomerBiz founders have invested in understanding every aspect of new business support and the advising individuals as they undertake life-changing financial, emotional and creative leaps. Both have launched and managed business incubators, new venture seed funds, technology accelerators, regional small business programs, and served in leadership roles for local, regional and national small business and start-up resource organizations.
Both have taught, spoken and written widely on topics of small business formation, entrepreneurship, business model evaluation, forming management teams and boards, as well as exploring major life decisions and career transition. They have a passion for helping others build startups and new retirement businesses.