Tom launched Forté Ventures in 2012 with more than 24 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial and operational experience. Prior to Forté Ventures, Tom co-founded the Venture Capital line of business at Arcapita Bank in 2005 and raised a $200 million growth stage venture capital fund in 2006. Tom managed investment activity in the IT, communications, energy and industrial technology sectors.
Prior to Arcapita, Tom was an Investment Partner with the Corporate Fund of Siemens Venture Capital, the $850 million venture capital arm of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), where he managed investment activity in IT, communications and industrial automation & control.
Prior to Siemens, Tom served as a member of the General Partner of two funds at Cordova Ventures, a $250 million venture capital firm in Atlanta, where he focused on digital media, Internet & e-commerce, enterprise and infrastructure software, communications and industrial technology. Prior to Cordova, he managed Strategic Business Development at Radiant Systems, which was acquired by NCR (NYSE: NCR) in 2011.
Tom currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia and is a Charter Member of TiE Atlanta. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Navini Networks, Digital Envoy, Intelleflex, Arisdyne, Qcept Technologies, ManageSoft, SmartSynch and Quellan.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1992 and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1999.