How I can help you

I will begin our relationship by thoroughly understanding your current situation and, also, where you intend to go with your ideas.  Then, I can help you to develop or refine those aspects which guide you to success: goals (purpose and value proposition), plans (strategy), and related actions (tactical programs and processes).

I use many different tools and co-mentoring relationships in delivering my services. I am relentlessly practical in approach. 

I have 35+ years of leadership experience in fast-growing, entrepreneurial environments throughout the world but I also know the significant challenges with starting and growing early stage businesses. 

My experience with starting a business began in 2008, when I founded a specialty retail snack food business that I successfully operated for nine years, growing it to 17 sites across southern Maine.  I developed all aspects of the business: branding, marketing, sales, sourcing of equipment and products, operational systems, human resources, financial & legal compliance.  I understand the satisfying but challenging, often exhausting, aspects of building a business.

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy & Planning

Industry Experience
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Technical & Scientific Services
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Retail & Wholesale Trade


Michigan State University (B.A., Accounting); Licensed CPA

Thom Novak

Communication Methods

  • In Person
  • Phone
  • Video