Tom is a Managing General Partner of the Highland Consumer Fund and focuses on retail and consumer services companies. He is also interested in ways technology can be applied to further impact existing businesses. Tom brings to bear his deep understanding of entrepreneurs, new markets, and product innovation in assisting portfolio companies in building successful and enduring companies.
Prior to joining Highland, Tom founded Staples and served as CEO for sixteen years and Chairman for three additional years. Tom pioneered the office superstore industry when he wrote the business plans for Staples in 1986. Tom propelled Staplesâ€™ business growth through store expansion programs, a delivered office products business, growing international presence, and award-winning e-commerce operations ultimately creating a $19 billion company. Tom also founded Olly Shoes, a leading children's shoe retailer. Tom currently serves on the boards of CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), Guitar Center, lululemon athletica (Nasdaq: LULU), PETsMART, Inc. (Nasdaq: PETM) and Pharmaca.
|Aug 17, 2015||Bloomberg - Amazon Runs 'Sweatshop,' Faces Headwinds, Stemberg Says|
|Feb 11, 2015||Bloomberg - A Brief History of Staples vs. the Obama Agenda|
|Jan 1, 2015||YourStory News - Invent, scale, reinvent,: success steps for continuous innovation|
|Mar 22, 2013||Xconomy - Roundup: Kick, UW STEM Programs, Funds for Indochino, World CNG|
|Mar 21, 2013||FinSMEs - Indochino Raises $13M in Series B Financing|
|Mar 20, 2013||Venture Beat - Indochino suits up with $13M for custom-made mens clothing|
|Feb 19, 2013||TechCrunch - Artspace.com Raises $8.5M Series B To Expand Online Marketplace For Fine Art|
|Apr 28, 2011||Fast Company - Six Lessons From Judging Harvard's Business Plan Competition|