Tom GildredFounder and Chairman of the Board
Meet Tom Gildred
Tom Gildred is a San Diego native with an inspiring entrepreneurial history. He attended San Diego State University, where he earned his degree in accountancy and is currently a board member at the business school. Tom’s first job after graduation was at Ernst & Young in the auditing and consulting practices.
Mr. Gildred founded the award-winning FMT Consultants in 1995 and is currently Chairman of the Board. He oversaw the company as it was honored with the Microsoft Partner of the Year award, and named one of the Best Places to Work in both 2016 and 2015. The technology firm has also been ranked the No. 5 Technology Solutions Provider company, and the ‘Fast 150’ by the San Diego Business Journal in 2016. In addition to these awards, FMT Consultants has been recognized with the Small Business Award for “Customer Service” and the “Business is Roaring” award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, respectively. Tom built the technology consulting firm from the ground up, recruiting industry leaders that shared his passion for creating innovative technology solutions.
In 2010, Gildred founded Emerald Textiles, a commercial linen and laundry service provider for Southern California’s hospitals and healthcare centers, and is currently the CEO. The company is known for its innovative technology advances, environmental responsibility, meeting the highest cleanliness standards and providing exceptional service to its clients. Emerald is dedicated to the safety, comfort and advancement of its employees.
The company services the majority of the largest healthcare networks throughout San Diego, and is rapidly expanding throughout the Los Angeles area with two Southern California facilities.
Tom is on the Board of Directors for The Gildred Companies which began in 1929 with construction and operation of the landmark San Diego Fox Theater Building (now Copley Symphony Hall and Symphony Towers). Today the Gildred Companies is a diversified company with assets throughout Southern California including a portfolio of industrial and business parks, new developments in real estate and renewable power, and strategic investments in complementary business opportunities.
Awards and Organizations
Tom was recognized by winning the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO award and has been recognized twice in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ awards winning the regional competition from a broad array of candidates in 2012 and then as a national finalist in both 2012 and 2014. He also earned the Millennium Award from the Friends of Balboa Park in 2014.
Gildred serves on many boards of directors for both local companies and non-profits, including past president of the board of The San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego State University College of Business Administration Board of Directors.
Mr. Gildred has served on the Vistage Member Advisory Committee and is a founding member of Vistage Group 3080. He is a past member of the San Diego Software Industry Council, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mission Valley YMCA as well as a founding member of the Downtown San Diego Breakfast Rotary Club. He recently won the Millennium Award from the Friends of Balboa Park.
Tom is the 2016 Chair of American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in San Diego. He is also the Treasurer for the Plaza de Panama Board of Directors led by Irwin Jacobs who is the Director and Chairman of the committee.
Tom is an avid cyclist, riding an average of 250 miles a week, and is a member of the San Diego Bicycle Club. He likes to golf, collect wine and belongs to both the Wine & Food Society of La Jolla and Chevaliers du Tastevin of San Diego. Tom is also a member of the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, where he served on the finance committee, and is a Circle Member at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Founder and Chairman of the Board
In his role at FMT Consultants, Eric Casazza sets the strategic direction for the company and helps guide the team to continually develop and grow, and build long term relationships with clients. Eric has over 15 years of experience in enterprise transformation, information technology, program management and professional services. After graduating with a B.S. in Finance from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, Eric started his consulting career with Andersen Consulting and Deloitte Consulting where he managed large software projects. He then went on to a long tenure with AMN Healthcare, where he held several leadership positions including Sr. Director of Business Systems, and Vice President of Program Management and Integration. Eric is passionate about helping customers and team members solve their business challenges and achieve their growth strategies.
Paul ClaytonVice President of Consulting Services
Paul has attained a plethora of knowledge over his 17 plus years of experience in the IT industry; he graduated with a Bachelor of Science from California State University and currently holds numerous Microsoft certifications. Paul’s knowledge and leadership skills enable him to lead FMT’s team of consulting experts in providing world class business solutions specializing in Accounting and ERP solutions, Business Intelligence, CRM, Custom.NET and Development and Integration Services and Collaboration and Workflow Solutions.
Vice President of Consulting Services
Darren StordahlVice President of Sales & Marketing
Darren heads the customer, partner and market engagement efforts for FMT Consultants and brings more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology sales and marketing to the position. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Darren has worked for FileNet, Mosaix, Lucent, Avaya, and Triniti, and prior to FMT, successfully led all marketing and ecommerce for San Diego’s cyber-security leader, ESET North America. Over the years, Darren has effectively developed numerous high-performing customer engagement teams as well as building strategic partnerships with Oracle, SAP and Microsoft. Today, he heads the FMT sales and marketing teams in order to connect FMT Consultants and our world-class partners with the very best clients anywhere.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Linh NguyenSenior Director of Finance and Operations
Linh leads FMT’s finance and operations including marketing, human resources and administration. In addition to managing the financial health of the company and striving to build a high-quality finance team, Linh helps to promote branding from the inside out, and helps to cultivate a high-tech and high-touch customer-centric culture. In addition to financial management, she is passionate about organization, team and leadership development.
Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer for several public companies in biotechnology and software development industries.
Linh earned a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego, a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from California State University, San Marcos, and completed coursework towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree at University of Toronto, Canada.
Senior Director of Finance and Operations
Wade WalkerDirector, IT Services
As Director IT Services at FMT Consultants, Wade Walker is responsible for the internal IT Department, the Customer Care Department, and Managed IT Services. In addition, Wade is the Practice Director for Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Wade has over 20 years of industry experience including driving technology vision and strategy, project management, business process improvement, and professional services. Wade graduated with a B.A., in Chemistry from University of San Diego and initially worked in the scientific industry prior to transitioning into the IT industry. Wade is committed to customer loyalty and takes pride in helping customers improve their business processes so they can deliver high quality services and achieve their business and revenue goals.
Director, IT Services
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