Tom Simpson has over 30 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur. Currently, he focuses on working closely with emerging companies in the Spokane region to achieve growth and profitability.
Tom was co-founder and Chairman of etailz, a rapidly growing eCommerce company which was sold to Trans World Entertainment in 2016. He currently manages four angel funds focused on investing in emerging companies in the Inland Northwest and is President of the Spokane Angel Alliance, a 100 + member group.
Previously, he had been Managing Partner of NWVA. NWVA invested over $125 million in emerging companies throughout the Northwest. Prior to NWVA, Tom was a Managing Director in Dain Bosworth’s Seattle-based investment banking group and managed public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions for multiple companies in the region. He began his career as a CPA for Deloitte, Haskins + Sells.
Tom serves on the board of directors of Berg Manufacturing, GenPrime, Stay Alfred, Sportscope and Telect.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and an MBA from The Wharton School and has served as an adjunct professor in Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Tom and 13 other fiji’s set a world record in leapfrogging by leapfrogging around Greenlake (in 7 groups of 2 person teams) 215 times for a total of over 500 miles in 1981.
Tom has three children, is a private pilot and has participated in numerous triathlons.