People Profile - Tom Chew

Tom Chew

Cross-Market General Manager

"Do what is right for the customer & the team - always"
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I’m responsible for managing and expanding Slalom Consulting’s technology consulting practice and network of innovation practices nationally, as well as managing the Marketing Studio.

  • Leadership style
    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 3 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