Tomás served as an engineer, manager and executive for two decades within high growth Fortune 50 Silicon Valley firms HP Palo Alto and mostly Cisco. He has held roles ranging from product development, corporate strategy, Enterprise IT/sales strategy to operating and management.
Tomás is President of Sparkovation Advisors, a digital product and management consultancy that advises startups, CEOs, corporations and investment portfolios on value creation, digital business strategy and growth. He has also served as a director & chairman to numerous regional and statewide nonprofits, led executive director search/transitions and advised startups, CEOs and corporations.
He formed his first tech startup at 15 years of age and with a penchant for innovation and growth, later began his engineering career at HP Palo Alto then at Cisco where he led product development / engineering teams to deliver successive billion-dollar flagship products from concept to market. He later founded the office and served as Cisco’s inaugural Hispanic ERG CTO over the Americas & Europe while collaborating with thought leaders and working with Cisco Ventures to seed billion-dollar ideas across global markets and evangelizing emerging technologies aligned to Cisco’s investment portfolio.
Today, Tomás is General Partner of Top Line Ventures, a group focused on advising and seeding exceptional 4IR, cyber and B2B investments across sectors founded, led or operated by underestimated tech innovators.
Due to his lived experiences, he has been compelled to engage across many critical social impact causes where disparities are the greatest, including education, workforce, inclusion & entrepreneurship. He served as a past Board Chair of The Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Ed Fund, EGBI and Mission Capital. And currently serves on the boards of Texas Lyceum, UT College of Natural Science (UTCNS), Capital Area Workforce Solutions, Austin Area Research Organization and UFCU (a $4B cooperative).
He graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has earned project management and executive leadership credentials from George Washington University, Stanford University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
¡Atrévete! | How They Got There - Latinx Changemakers
During this conversation, we’ll uncover the inspirational stories behind Latinx leaders, professionals and changemakers.