Tom Loker recently took a break to write a new book and to speak and mentor young entrepreneurs in the healthcare and tech space, after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of a public health care company for 7 year focused on systems to cost effectivly and efficatiously serve the needs of underserved populations. Prior to that period, Mr. Loker was the founder and senior partner of Wild Tiger Holding Company and Thomas Loker Consulting. Serving companies from incubators to iron lungs.
Tom is an active member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies ranging from health care to technology, from sanitary and wastewater to robotics. He is a Senior Advisor to Venture-Med - an angle invstement community. He is also continuing to advise and mentor startup companies and entrepreneurs. He is always ready to expand his mentoring, consulting and board activities.
With over 30 years in business, Tom is known as a perpetual problem solver, and continues to advise both start-up and established companies seeking experienced and integrated solutions.
"Tom is one of those people you go to to find out the things you don't know. An avid reader and perpetual student, he has either read about it or experienced it. And if he hasn't, he can rapidly either get you the answer or direct you to where to go to find it."
- Timothy Howell, Finance Director, Vistapoint Technologies
Tom Loker served as chief operating officer of Ramsell Holding Corporation since 2005, a company comprised of four health care business entities (that coordinate the management and care of health care benefits and related services), as well a nonprofit organization, the Flowers Heritage Foundation. In connection with Ramsell he also was most recently the founder of the WE Movement, a philanthropic initiative of Ramsell that offers the use of its HELP4U online software program to help connect “those that have goods, products and services,” and who wish to offer them gratis, to “those who desperately need them.” Typically, the latter includes Ramsell’s basic constituency of the uninsured, the underserved and “those most fragile among us.” These goods, products and services not only include health care, but cover other areas, too, such as housing, legal assistance, accounting services, education and youth programs.
As a champion for those most in need of health care and related services, Loker has traveled to Washington D.C. extensively over the past several years where he met with legislators, helping them shape the recently passed health care bill. His fascination with the inner workings of the health care industry, and the evolution of health care over the past two hundred years, prompted him to write a book, entitled The History and Evolution of Health Care in America: The Untold Backstory of Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Why Health Care Needs More Reform. The book will be out in late 2011.
"Tom has been a true partner with the State of California. He has tirelessly offered solutions to our states health and fiscal problems, always putting the needs of others ahead of himself." - Don Perata, President Pro Tempore, California Senate
Speaking on a range of topics related to his areas of expertise, Loker has made many broadcast appearances discussing the intricacies of health care and its reform. A partial list includes broadcast outlets such as KABC 7, KFBK News Talk 1530, KDRT 95.7, KCRA 3 (NBC), WHKT AM 1650, KKGO 105.1 (“Tuned In with PJ Ochlan”), KGIL 1260 AM, KKJZ 88.1 FM, and WSVA 550 AM (“Late Afternoons with Mike Schikman”). Loker has also been quoted as a source by a number of print and online publications including The Christian Science Monitor, Physician’s Money Digest, Los Angeles Daily News, Healthcare Finance News, Processor,Menlo Park Patch, Sacramento Press, The North Sac News, PharmaWire.com, OCFamily.com, NewsBlaze.com, BioPharmInsight.com, and InsuranceQuotes.com. A prolific writer, Loker’s authored articles have been featured in Lead-Zine and several medical publications.
With over 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing, finance and operations, Loker’s background has not only included serving the needs of health care companies like Ramsell, Bioluminate/Biotelligent, Inc. and the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, he has also offered his expertise to other industries including technology, biotech, consumer retail, telecom services, and education.
Prior to joining Ramsell, Loker was the founder and senior partner of Wild Tiger Holding Company and Thomas Loker Consulting. Founded in March of 1995 and located in Danville, California, TLC gained recognition throughout Silicon Valley and the investor community for its superb leadership and packaging of startup companies. He also gained an impressive reputation for reviving those struggling companies that were close to shutting down. Wild Tiger specialized in providing "Tiger Teams" that consisted of an extensive group of experienced professionals that served as a temporary executive team. These teams managed the growth of start-ups and the revitalization of distressed companies.
In his pre-Ramsell days, Loker held several senior level executive management positions including that of president & CEO, vice president, and director for companies such as ICOMMM Corporation, Sybersay Communications, Mylinx Corporation, MGV International, Power UP Software, ComputerLand and Epson America.
Loker currently serves on the board of directors or as an adviser to the board of RedZone Robotics Corporation (the acquirer of ICOMMM Corporation). Commensurate with Tom's strong concern over the increasing risk of highly drug-resistant pathogenic organizms Tom is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Staphylococcus Educational Leadership Foundation (SELF). SELF is dedicated to research and education on the recognition, treatment and prevention of staphylococcus with a particular interest in community associated infections. SELF's goal is to improve clinical and patient education and outcomes while raising awareness about community associated Staphylococcal infections on a global scale. He has alsoserved on the boards of Safebridge Consultants, Inc., Sybersay Corporation, ICOMMM, Inc., The Oakland School for the Arts, Flowers Heritage Foundation, and Ramsell Corporation.
The launch of the WE Movement was not Tom Loker’s only philanthropic endeavor. He has been involved in other charitable activities and ventures as well. For instance, at the request of Governor Jerry Brown, Loker served as a member and later president of the board of directors for The Oakland School for the Arts, a grade six through 12 performing arts charter school. He also has been active in other philanthropic education and faith-based efforts, and is currently an active supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. One of Loker’s favorite charitable causes has been the Easter Seals program where one of his sons was named an ambassador for that organization.