For over 30 years consulting for small businesses, family businesses, investment management and institutional research firms, Tom’s drive for founding and transforming companies into alternative thinking and technology leaders has been his unwavering passion.
Here are a few highlights. Thomas Roulston Investment Partners' investment manager platforms were celebrated for their unique research screening and processing. ManagerLink used the platform for its notable reporting and managing of assets before its acquisition by Advent in 2001. Roulston Research provided an alternative research network partnering with over hundreds of industry experienced consultants to support institutional investors in their research due diligence. Hosting over 100 annual proprietary roundtables around the country to discuss industry trends and future forecasting provided institutional investors with access to former Fortune 55 executives and thought leaders in an extensive network to gain insight for better investment decisions.
Then in 2014, Tom transitioned to working in the not-for-profit and consulting space specifically to address students and career advisory through proprietary training, virtual internships and tutoring executive mentoring. Working with both applicants and businesses, innovative platforms connected career paths to companies seeking to hire and retain better prepared candidates for employment. Consulting in sales, employee training and retention has resulted in proprietary dashboard services and consulting at Dashboard Adherence LLC, a uniquely structured platform for small businesses to monitor, measure and monitor profitability and growth to successful outcomes.
Tom is active in the Cleveland community having served on the boards of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Recovery Resources, The Cleveland Lumberjacks Hockey Team and multiple private companies and organizations. He is an avid hunter, skier and cyclist and still enjoys playing baseball. Oh, and he loves playing fetch with Brandy, too.
Subject matter expertise is a necessity to manage change, sustain growth, and improve ROI. Networks are valuable assets for successful management best practices and skills of leadership. Delegating responsibility creates sustainability of a business without dependence on an owner. Networking finds talent and develops trust. Tom's foundation in business is the contacts built by a lifetime of seeking quality talent and relationships.
TrustNavigator was a not-for-profit 501-C-3 working primarily with student success and preparedness. The 501 C-3 organization was closed in 2019 after ten years of working with thousands of students and TrustNavigator was created not only to work with students but all applicants and the changed landscape for employers.
I started TrustNavigator with my frustration as a parent and employer and the lack of preparation I saw of students investing in a college degree without the skills to succeed in careers. Historically, expectations of applicant preparation by employers were deferred to institutions and parents. Colleges are not focused (or incentivized) on educations that are more employer responsive or affordable. Changed parenting as “best friends”, changed disciplining, participation trophies etc. has not adapted to the rapid changes happening in our culture from technology and media influences. The bottom line is few entering or in early employment know what they want and are career focused. This is no fault of their own.
From student to employers- Thru TrustNavigator as a student program, it was evident small and mid size companies were struggling with a new generation of employees. But their focus on this issue was a distraction from working ON their business instead of IN their business.
Some challenges to analyze in businesses and where I seek solutions:
Create a vision from leadership with values shared with employees.
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