Mr. Papa has over 28 years in operations and finance consulting, high level management, and marketing and sales with Fortune 500, management consulting, and investment banking firms operating in the USA, Europe and Asia. Mr. Papa’s main roles at CRESO Capital are collaborating with C-level executives in developing and executing organic and acquisition strategies, private placements, fostering strategic alliances across borders, providing investment banking services including M&A financing, recapitalizations, positioning and managing Joint Venture relationships, Management Buyouts, and advising on new market penetration.
Thomas was also founder of CRESO Capital Management Corporation, the principal management company for mezzanine investment funds for smaller private middle market companies. Mr. Papa’s experience also includes being a Director for FLAG and participating in the MBA Enterprise Corps in Eastern Europe and working with Emerson Electric in business and corporate development efforts for ten years where he consulted at the C-level while leading project execution teams.
Thomas received his MBA from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with an emphasis on International Business and Entrepreneurship. His graduate studies included European Business & Strategy at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Mr. Papa’s leadership skills are fully reflected in his community activities. Thomas is Chairman & President Emeritus of the the ~80,000 member USC Marshall Alumni Association, President Emeritus of USC’s Marshall Alumni Board – Orange County Chapter, and currently is a Trustee and Chairman of the Vision & Strategy Committee for the World Affairs Council Orange County after serving as past Chairman. Tommy also served on the Advisory Board for the Women Executives & Entrepreneurs for Southern California, spent six years on the Board for Young Professionals Against Cancer, and has chaired events for the American Cancer Society.