Tom Coke

My passion is to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds and help them to achieve their best results while also growing myself. I enjoy the process of building something new, constantly pursue the next thing

About Tom / Chief Marketing Officer

A businessman, lawyer, husband, father, FinTech and tech geek and entrepreneur; with over 15 years of experience across a variety of business disciplines including branding, marketing, sales and management I have built and helped a number of businesses. I enjoy the process of building something new, constantly pursue the next thing.

Born and bred in Michigan, I have been in the entrepreneurial ecosystem since worked at the Kalamazoo SBDC in college, helping locals businesses get off the ground. I personally have been part of three exits, once as a founder and twice as a key member, and helped a UK business expand into the US. In addition I’ve advised a number of early stage business on marketing, sales and growth as well as branding and fundraising.

Additionally I’ve been involved with investment crowdfunding from the beginning, assisting with the drafting of several state bills and conducting a number of offerings using federal securities laws. Prior to that I was a securities regulator and sat on a national committee on startup and small business securities. I’ve also helped with an ICO and have a deep passion for blockchain and crypto technologies and how they will change the world…at least until exaScale computing makes them obsolete.

My education is both formal, with a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College and a JD from Michigan State University, as well as informal, learning at the feet of a father who was an executive for companies like Digital Equipment and Oracle and a mother that was a top-tier professor. Both always challenged me to achieve my best. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout, played football in college, and have also coached AAU basketball and football. In addition I’ve led mission groups in Chicago and completed mission trips to Guatemala and Ghana.

Through my experiences I’ve developed the ability to listen, be curious, and work with a variety of others to get them to achieve their best in business, in particular in the startup world. I’ve been a valued guide in legal, fundraising and sales and marketing, as well as branding. In addition I’ve helped companies see a few steps into the future to grow at a high rate of scale. I’ve worked in industries from FinTech to Cannabis as well as cloud technology infrastructure.

My passion is to connect with people from a variety of backgrounds and help them to achieve their best results while also growing myself. I can be found most days working from my family’s farm in Ada, somewhere else in West Michigan or the Upper Peninsula or in my second home of Chicago.

Competencies

  • Securities law
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Sales
  • Direct Sales
  • Business Development
  • Team Building
  • Strategy
  • Operations

Experience Highlights

  • 15 years in marketing, sales and business development
  • Securities lawyer in a variety of regulatory frameworks
  • Part of three exits, including one as founder and CEO
  • Regular advisory board member
  • Speaker around the Midwest on securities law, crowdfunding, and the intersection of technology and business