Tom has served clients in the wireless telecommunications, financial services, aerospace and defense, and health care industries on projects ranging from supplier performance assessments to multi-tower IT outsourcing transactions. Originally from Seattle, Tom is formerly a Product Development Engineer with the Boeing Company, where he participated in research and design on the Sonic Cruiser and 787 programs. Tom has a BSE in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Tom is an avid traveler, including backpacking in remote parts of China and spearheading road trips with PH practitioners to destinations including Amsterdam, Morocco, and Cambodia.
Why I Joined Pace Harmon
"My previous employer was excellent and my colleagues were wonderful−it was a difficult choice to leave the aerospace industry. But after graduate school I wanted to work in an atmosphere where my projects were constantly changing, challenging me to continue learning. In my five years at Pace Harmon, I have worked on exciting projects across numerous industries and across several sourcing and outsourcing disciplines. Pace Harmon was attractive because of its smaller entrepreneurial atmosphere. Not only have I had the opportunity to impact the business performance of my clients, but I have been able to participate in the creation of a consulting firm with a renowned reputation."
What I Like about Pace Harmon
"Practitioners at Pace Harmon work hard and bring a brilliant diversity of knowledge to the table, but don't take themselves too seriously. My colleagues tell remarkably clever jokes, take care of one another, and spend almost as much time traveling and socializing together outside of work as they do working together. This gives Pace Harmon a down to earth character that appears to be unique among top consulting firms. Pace Harmon is also unique because of the access practitioners have to the partners and senior management, whom I have always found to be supportive and open to suggestions on how to improve firm performance.”
The Kind of Work I Do
"Typical projects at Pace Harmon involve supplier assessments, forecasting & business case development, contract development & supplier negotiations, and in many cases, project management during implementation. In one project that I worked on, we had to forecast the estimated costs of using previously negotiated general contractor agreements for the nationwide build-out of a next generation mobile phone network. On another project, my colleagues and I had to facilitate the sourcing of a one billion dollar IT services agreement and negotiate the business and financial provisions with the downselected supplier. The problems we solve vary with each project, and it is rewarding for both me and my colleagues at Pace Harmon to develop solutions that are custom-tailored for our clients."