Tom Epley is an incredibly experienced turnaround CEO, an expert in rescue management. He's a tough, hands-on, results-oriented executive who knows how to make bold decisions and take meaningful actions â and implement them swiftly in difficult environments.
For more than 30 years, Tom served as the General Manager, President, CEO, and/or Chairman of more than a dozen independent companies, divisions, or subsidiaries spanning a variety of industries. All of these organizations, with revenues of $50 million to $1 billion, were either in a slow descending drift, facing an ominous cliff, caught in an accelerating downward spiral, or nearing a state of total collapse.
During Tom's relatively short stint, each organization rebounded rapidly, was positioned to continue this highly positive trend, and produced an immensely profitable return for its owners. Remarkably, Tom accomplished this without any prior knowledge of the business, industry, products, or markets of any of these companies.
Principles of Rescue Management
Tom credits his ability to turn ailing, dysfunctional businesses into successful and sustainable organizations to a set of principles and techniques which are based on his first-hand experiences and real-life observations. These ideas are not found in the business literature nor are they taught in graduate schools of management. As practiced by Tom Epley, they blend common sense with the courage of conviction, and culminate in many of the same conclusions reached by behavioral scientists who seek to understand human nature and organizational dynamics.
According to Tom, most organizational wounds are self-inflicted and remain uncorrectable without a significant mid-stream change in management style. Most General Managers and CEOs could dig themselves out of their self-imposed dilemma if they had the courage to challenge their own personal status quo and completely re-think their approach to inducing cultural change, engaging their employees, realizing higher levels of performance, and, ultimately, transforming dying companies into thriving ones.
Expanding the Comfort Zone
Tom's unique management concepts and techniques may be outside the mainstream, but they're thoroughly tested and proven. Whether it's called transformational thinking or transformational management, one thing is clear: business decisions must be made urgently and effectively, problems must be attacked in an organized way, and employees must be enlightened about management decisions so that desired outcomes will occur.
Tom Epley's breakthrough management techniques radically increase the likelihood of success for decision makers in any environment from MBA students and recent graduates to owners, investors, LBO partners, and CEOs. It's all about making bold decisions and taking effective actions that are outside the purview of one's normal comfort zone. It's about realizing that the benefits of being a Bold Exec far, far outweigh whatever risks are associated with bringing about real change. It's about making a difference --- a significant difference.
Tom Epley received his BSME in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Policy Analysis.