Thomas served as an engineer, manager & executive for high growth Fortune 100 Silicon Valley firms HP Palo Alto & mostly Cisco for nearly two decades, ranging from product development, corporate/sales strategy, Enterprise IT to operating & management. He has also served as a director & chairman to numerous regional & statewide nonprofits, led executive director search/transitions & has advised several startups, CEOs & large corporations.
As a principal of Sparkovation Advisors, Thomas has been actively involved in advising startups, CEOs, corporations and investment portfolios on value creation, leadership/talent, digital business, IT modernization and growth strategy.
Thomas formed his first tech business @ 15 years of age, with a penchant for innovation & leadership, he later began his engineering career at HP Palo Alto then at Cisco led product development / engineering teams to deliver successive billion-dollar flagship products from concept to market (GPM 85+%). After years of saturation in Cisco’s product development, differenation & leadership model, he rose to lead enterprise transformational change strategy aimed at restructuring complex people, process, technology challenges generated by 100+ acquisitions.
He has been involved in social impact causes including education, workforce & inclusion & served as a past Chair of The Austin Hispanic Chamber, Austin Ed Fund & EGBI. He Chairs Mission Capital and serves on the boards of Texas Lyceum, Capital Area Workforce Development Board(TWC), the Austin Area Research Organization & past boards: Leadership Austin.