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Tom Waknitz

Tom started his career as a mechanical design engineer and soon after came along this thing called a personal computer and computer aided drafting (CAD) & he was hooked. Reading tons of books, he studied, and soon was a computer & network administrator, teacher, and consultant. After traveling nearly 500,000 air miles for Novell and GE he was given an opportunity to manage a consulting practice. It was the first great experience working with business teams to achieve results. Much later Tom read the book, Get Out of I. T. While You Can by Craig Schiefelbein and soon realized the real purpose of computers is to enable business success.

After reading the Schiefelbein book he spent a little more than 8 years as small business owner/partner. Most recently coming from Revelation Network Management where he was the president. During these years he worked closely with business and technical team to further understand and deliver technical solutions that enabled the customers’ business. With a focus on Healthcare, Education, and State/Local Government he participated in a number of projects crafting solutions for identity management, cloud adoption, and application development. Tom has also been the CIO for a SaaS based behavioral/mental health EHR and most recently National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

At OST Tom will have overall leadership responsibility for the Minneapolis location and provide geographical management of all operations. As part of the OST leadership team Tom will be working closely with many at OST to further develop strategies that enable business success for each OST Customer.

In a company of coffee drinkers, Tom sips his fair share of green tea. He plays bass guitar in Rock-n-Roll bands, enjoys photography, sailing, and authoring children’s books. He makes time to meditate multiple times a day, and believes if we do right, take care of each other, all the rest will fall in place. Tom also jokingly refers to himself as the maintenance guy for a 107 year old house where he and his wife Michelle have raised 4 children and many more pets.