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Meet Tom Chew, Chief Strategy & New Business Incubation Officer

I’m responsible for managing and expanding Slalom’s technology practice and network of innovation practices nationally, as well as managing the Studio.

My military background taught me early on how important it was to surround myself with the best team possible, empower other leaders, and lead with a propensity for action. When dealing with client, partner, or delivery situations, I urge my team to engage with others in a dialogue early and often when they feel something is going the wrong direction. Ninety percent of the time, a crisis can be avoided by simply talking through a situation, understanding everyone’s point of view, and building a plan to resolve together. The final step is jointly committing to and acting on those commitments.

What makes Slalom great?

For me, Slalom has always been a place where ideas come to life and smart people challenge each other to raise their game. The company has been able to successfully scale while maintaining a local model—the foundation of our deep commitment to the intimate relationships we have with our employees, clients, and partners. We always want to win together.

What attracted you to Slalom?

Two main reasons: the people and the ability to start a new business. I missed the camaraderie and drive of the mid 90s Big 4 firms. At Slalom, I felt that again but this time without the big company structure. I was truly given the opportunity to build a business within the business. It was exciting to join a small company that was just hitting its rapid growth curve (we grew 100% per year during my first three years) and to experience our growth year over year while staying true to our core values.

Experience

Prior to joining Slalom in 2003, I held senior technology roles at Terabeam, Capgemini, and Accenture, and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corp.

Education

I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Awards

Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40”—2009

Hobbies and Charities

Hiking, snowboarding, Boys & Girls Club (King County Board of Directors), Wounded Warrior Project