Tom is the VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at ForwardLine Financial, a leading SMB lending platform backed by institutional investors.  ForwardLine started in 2003 and is focused on improving the financial health of America’s small businesses by providing convenient, transparent and fairly priced working capital loans.  Prior to ForwardLine, Tom held various leadership positions in lending and fintech with expertise in building innovative products and business development.  In his career, Tom has also developed partnerships with a variety of companies including leading fintechs, lenders, banks, brands and retailers.   Most recently, Tom was with Think Finance and Prosper leading business development.  Prior to that, Tom was a founding executive at innovative POS financing platform Vyze, which was recently acquired by Mastercard.   His earlier career was with Dell Financial Services, where he held several leadership positions in operations, strategy and product helping them grow from early stage to a multi-billion dollar portfolio and a premier captive financing company. Tom earned his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.