Tom Neustedter is CEO and Founder of GNU Ventures LLC, and works with The Alternative Board® providing coaching and peer advisory group facilitation services to leaders of small and medium-sized businesses. An exceptional problem solver, Tom leverages his broad experience in sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing and financial management to help business owners solve their most important challenges and develop new business opportunities.
Tom’s business career spans more than 30-years, with half that time spent working in small businesses and the other half in large corporations. Tom has had the good fortune to co-found two businesses, helping grow the first to 75-employees and $24M in annual revenue, and the second to 20-employees and $5M in annual revenue. He has also held senior management roles in larger corporations, including the position of VP and general manager for a division of a Fortune 500 firm. This unique combination of business experience helped Tom develop the ability to introduce much-needed structure into smaller businesses without disrupting the sense of urgency or entrepreneurial spirit that so often drives their success.
Thomas’ education includes a BS in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in mnagement and finance from Santa Clara University. Tom also holds certifications in strategic marketing, strategic planning, and services marketing.