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, 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 — in addition to founding two private companies. 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 as they navigate the uncharted terrain from pre-revenue to growth stages, including businesses like BizEquity, WealthHub Solutions, and NextGen Reporting. He has a passion for helping early stage startups and founders grow and 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 also qualify Tom as a Sarbanes-Oxley SEC financial expert. He is Board Chair of OrthogenRx, Inc., and a Board Member of Univest Financial Corp., GenPro, and Yes Lender. 

Tom holds a BS in business management from Point Park University and has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, conferred by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University for board directors.