Tom has more than 35 years of corporate finance, investment banking, and financial executive/management experience with rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies, including a long history in credit analysis, structuring, and lending.
Tom began his professional career as a corporate lender with Continental Bank and Security Pacific Bank, and over the next 12 years he moved progressively deeper in the balance sheet. After four years at GE Capital funding private companies with unique capital needs he joined Discovery Zone, Inc. where, as Treasurer, he completed multiple complicated debt and equity financings including its successful IPO and served as a key member of the team completing the sale to Blockbuster Video Corporation/Viacom. He also led the International Development program and most non-franchisee acquisitions. With former Discovery Zone executives, Tom co-founded LKQ Corporation, served as CFO and later Executive Vice President of its Central Region operations. During his tenure at LKQ Corporation the company completed 31 acquisitions and grew from start-up to $225 million in revenue. Tom most recently served as Partner and Chief Operating Officer of GSV Financial Group LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary GSV Equity LLC.
Tom has a passion for growing businesses. As a lender, investor, and executive he is committed to helping businesses grow profitably, building value for all constituents.
Tom holds a Masters of Management with a concentration in Finance from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He also serves on the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School in Chicago, IL.