Mr. Wilbur’s leadership and management style compliment the pace and complexity of 21st-century business. A creative problem solver with the ability to drive revenue growth, resolve conflicts, and define strategic planning he excels in managing, training, and mentoring cross-functional, cross-cultural, high-performance teams. An accomplished executive, Tom currently leads a boutique consulting firm dedicated to assisting tribal economic development entities in formulating a collaborative approach to gaining access to the federal contracting arena using SBA Section 8 (a) set-aside capacities. Mr. Wilbur previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Grand Traverse Economic Development (GTED). GTED is the non-gaming commercial investment entity that provides a consistent, supportive, and structured management platform to guide its subsidiary companies. Through organic start-up and Merger & Acquisition activity, GTED leverages federal and state set-aside competitive advantages to compete for government contracts, explore different revenue vehicles, and expand profits. As the CEO, Mr. Wilbur led and managed the C-suite personnel as well as oversaw the management and successful operations of subsidiary organizations. Tom was formerly the President of Ohio Geomatics, Ltd., a professional services firm providing surveying, civil engineering, and transportation design to state, federal, and commercial customers. Before this position, he served as the General Manager of Seven Generations Architecture & Engineering, LLC (7GenAE) and as the Chief Operations Officer for Mno-Bmadsen (concurrently), the economic development enterprise chartered by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. 7GenAE’s SBA Section 8 (a), HUBZone, DBE, and MBE certifications were initiated under Tom’s guidance. Prior to joining 7GenAE, Wilbur was the Managing Board Member for Oneida Total Integrated Enterprises, LLC (OTIE) an SBA approved Section 8 (a) tribally-owned environmental engineering, civil engineering, and construction management firm with over 180 personnel in 15 offices, providing professional services to federal, state, tribal, and commercial customers nationwide. OTIE’s annual revenue was $40 million.
Mr. Wilbur holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Master of Science degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Executive Education, and is currently in the dissertation phase for earning his doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. His terminal degree provides organizational value, is current, and 21st century applicable providing a practitioner-scholar approach to organizational efficacy. He is a part-time Adjunct Faculty member at Concordia University-Wisconsin. Thomas E. Wilbur is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.