Thomas J Buckholtz: Profile
Member DNA Global Partner/Consultant Network

Thomas J. Buckholtz, Ph.D., helps organizations and individuals innovate and succeed regarding business strategies, products and services, customer-centric marketing themes, operations and productivity, working culture, and innovation programs.

Tom’s hands-on experience includes the following.

  • Lead a corporate-wide grassroots innovation program the produced annual cost savings equal to 1.5 percent of annual revenue.
  • Lead a US$ 1 billion business unit.
  • Serve as co-chief information officer for the United States federal government’s 4,000,000-person Executive Branch and CIO for the General Services Administration.
  • Establish 3 information-technology marketplace business practices, including the corporate software license and the United States federal government’s Government-Wide Acquisition Contract.
  • Develop and deploy easy-to-use, leading-edge administrative information systems - for adjudicating insurance claims, managing a crime lab, and screening newborns for genetic diseases.
  • Pioneer information technologies - multi-participant simulations, automated document libraries, and hand-held computers.
  • Lead the team that catalyzed a U.S. nationwide grassroots movement to improve governmental service to the public.
  • Serve as a corporate officer and advisor for startups.
  • Perform research in computing, mathematics, and science.
  • Work with groups from China - on innovation, with 8 senior leaders of a petroleum company; on how the U.S. federal government catalyzes private sector innovation, with 30 leaders of Beijing government corporations; and on American governance, with hundreds of provincial and local government officials.
  • Author the books “Information Proficiency: Your Key to the Information Age” and “Innovate Incisively: Gain Impact. Save Time.”
  • Provide, via the World Bank’s Global Development Learning Network, a course, “Catalyzing an Information Proficient Society,” for participants in Afghanistan and Ghana.
  • Serve on the Board of Trustees of Committee for Economic Development and on the Board of Advisors for the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Complete executive-education programs at Stanford University and the University of Michigan.
  • Earn a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, after receiving a B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

Tom proposed key concepts that led to the following.

  • Preserve 7 kilometers (4.5 miles) of Pacific Ocean coastline in California, USA.
  • Pioneer nationwide grassroots endeavors by an American national political party.
  • Establish a Rotary International worldwide service program.

Tom enjoys bringing insight from one industry to another.  His work has involved large and small enterprises in aerospace, agricultural research, business services, computing, defense, education, energy utilities, government, healthcare, high technology, innovation, insurance, Internet, law enforcement, politics, research and development, telecommunications, and venture capital.