Tom Petro

Board Member-in-Residence

Tom lives by the adage that strong cultures eat strategy for lunch — but when the two are aligned, great things happen. With over 30 years as a seasoned corporate executive, venture investor, and boardroom leader spanning all stages of the business cycle from startup to rapid growth to fully mature, Tom offers extensive leadership experience to Mach49’s global clients to help them realize exponential growth.  

As CEO, Tom led the turnarounds and the repositioning of two public companies, one of which was a NASDAQ IPO, and founded two private companies. As an early stage venture investor in financial services, fintech, life science, and tech-enabled services companies, Tom is a trusted advisor and partner to entrepreneurs and management teams navigating the uncharted terrain from pre-revenue to growth stages. These include BizEquity, WealtHub Solutions, and NextGen Reporting. Tom has a passion for helping early stage startups and founders grow and has a demonstrated knack for moving the needle with teams at the earliest stages.

At the board level, Tom brings public and private company governance experience and serves as a partner to the senior executive team on leadership, strategy, and execution issues. His significant boardroom experience includes leadership roles chairing audit, compensation, risk management, finance, and executive committees. His financial background and public company CEO experience qualify Tom as a Sarbanes-Oxley SEC financial expert. He is board chair of OrthogenRx, Inc., and board member of Univest Financial Corp., GenPro, and Yes Lender.

Tom holds a B.S. in Business Management from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA and has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight conferred by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University for board directors.

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