"My management team is great,
but I need some fresh, experienced, outside input."
Brent spent the first fifteen years of his professional life working in the banking industry. He worked in six different sectors of banking including audit, credit, and the last nine years as a commercial banker.
For the last eleven years, Brent has worked in over twenty different industries helping business owners do the things that their own skill sets or time constraints made difficult. Brent has sat at the desk of CEO, CFO, and head of sales during that time frame.
The diversity of Brent’s business background is best evidenced by the breadth of his engagements which in part have included:
- helping to start up and establish financing and trade credit for a company so unique no sic code existed;
- opening a restaurant location for a Chicago based group and selling off two struggling locations;
- fully recapitalizing an IT company;
- selling major distribution agreements for a beverage company;
- averting bankruptcy for a food manufacturing company and creating a path for long-term financial success
- managed corporate attorneys in litigation matters as both Plaintiffs and Defendants with successful outcomes for both
While the term “generalist” is often used in business, it is not always an appropriate label. Brent is a generalist with a proven ability to fill numerous roles within a business and to solve the problems no one else can solve.
Tom is a proven leader in global business expansion and effectiveness, risk management, finance and operations with experience in both Fortune 50 and entrepreneurial environments. He has a proven record of defining strategic objectives, translating them into operational tasks, and leading their implementation in diverse geographies and cultures across the globe.
Tom spent over ten years in the automotive industry with Daimler and DaimlerChrysler primarily building the global financial services business and improving its effectiveness. He formalized the assessment of new country markets for expansion. Tom established the first captive automotive finance company in the UAE– Mercedes-Benz Finance and Leasing UAE. He defined and executed the market entry strategy through the founding of the Joint Venture. He previously served as head of Project and Process Management and Business Development for the Latin America, Africa and the Middle East region for DaimlerChrysler Financial Services in Berlin, Germany. He established the first Project Management Office in the organization, developed and implemented a multiple country process management philosophy and methodology, and formalized and implemented a strategy clarification, communication, and measurement tool in support of the overall company’s goals.
Tom is coming off an effort to establish a Private Equity firm focused on the community banking sector. He was a founding member of Acorn Equity Partners, LLC where he defined strategy, identified and developed investment opportunities, and funding sources.
Tom spent the first half of his career in banking, where he had responsibilities in virtually every aspect of a bank, from audit, loan review and acquisition due diligence, to credit, operations, finance and controlling, customer service, regulatory compliance, and lending. During this time he obtained a graduate degree in Banking from the Graduate School of Banking at the University Wisconsin, Madison.
Tom has lived overseas for over twenty years, including Switzerland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and has worked extensively across Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.