Tom Stanton has over 30 years of highly diversified experience in financial and operation management of a couple of large Arkansas based corporations after which he founded his own company specializing in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.
Stanton holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In addition, he holds a Securities License and an Arkansas Real Estate Brokers License. In 1975, he accepted his first executive position as Assistant Controller for the public company Fairfield Communities, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas and two years later was transferred to Knoxville, Tennessee where he was promoted to the position of Regional Vice President. In the six years of employment with Fairfield, he participated in the corporate growth from $25 million in revenues annually to $75 million.
In 1980, Stanton was hired away from Fairfield by Pickens Bond Construction Company based in Little Rock, Arkansas as its new Chief Financial Officer. At the time, Pickens Bond was a 30 year old private construction company and the largest of its kind in the MidSouth. However, Management was seeking addition growth and in 1983 promoted Stanton to Secretary/Treasurer and two years later to Executive Vice President, one of five principals. For the eight years that Stanton was employed by Pickens Bond, corporate revenues grew from $75 million annually to $325 million annually while Stanton through his personal and business contacts, secured $105 million in contracts. To accommodate the growth, regional offices were established in Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Pickens Bond was actively involved in 25 states and became the 24th largest general contractor in the country at the time of Stanton’s departure.
In 1987, Stanton left his employment with Pickens Bond to establish his own company, Fidelity Venture Capital, Inc. where he raised equity capital for small and start-up business and provided business consulting services. In 1991, Stanton bought an existing company, Spiltech Services, which had historically been involved in the clean-up of chemical and oil spills in Arkansas and in Alaska but subsequently had incurred financial difficulties. In order to stabilize and later grow the company, Stanton brought in 3 additional partners in conjunction with a recapitalization to set the stage for expansion into the South and Southwest, with regional offices established in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. In 1996, Stanton and his shareholders agreed to sell the company and its subsidiaries to a public environmental company.
After a brief respite, in 1998, Stanton re-established Fidelity Venture Capital, Inc., this time concentrating on merger and acquisition activities, primarily in Arkansas and Texas. During the same period of time, he was involved as a co-investor in establishing a Texas based company(Regency Healthcare) that was focused on developing and managing skilled nursing care facilities in south Texas. The company has since grown to 30 nursing homes, 3,000 employees and in excess of $200 million in revenues. Stanton remains as an investor as of this writing.
Over the course of his career, Stanton has brought experience and expertise to the areas of operations and financial management for major corporations of which he was an executive officer and to his own companies, one of which was a struggling company when acquired and later thrived prior to its sale five years later to a competitor public environmental company. This corporate background, combined with 15 years of developing and capitalizing small business and structuring numerous merger and acquisition transactions, serves him well in working with CBI to service its clientele in the selling of their businesses. Stanton has also served on numerous corporate and philanthropic Boards.