Tom LaMantia believes in making things happen. He’s the managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, where he helps clients implement technology in order to grow their businesses, be more productive and stay competitive. With over 30 years of experience in global, high-tech digital transformation, Tom truly is a strategic thinker and innovator. And he’s one hell of a leader.
Before starting Magenium, he was the co-founder and CEO of Intrinsic Technologies, a Chicago-based Microsoft National Systems Integrator. With Tom at the helm, the company grew to be one of the nation’s premier Microsoft service providers.
Oh, and get this — he holds several patents, trademarks and copyrights; he’s on the National Board of Advisors for the Eller College of Management at his alma mater, the University of Arizona; he’s a member of the Economic Club of Chicago; and he’s a faculty member at Northwestern University’s Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Tune in as Tom discusses his “mischievous” childhood, why it’s so important to “play chess, not checkers” and the four Ps everyone should live by.
:51 — Chess: A game (almost) as old as time
2:00 — This guy is legit
3:48 — Arizonan, born and raised
5:42 — How Tom learned the difference between welcome and unwelcome information
8:06 — The various ways Tom’s parents influenced the man he became
10:31 — “Athletic geek” — Tom is somewhat of a conundrum, but he’s the smartest guy in the room
13:38 — “We were very good at never being caught” — Tom discusses his mischievous childhood
15:40 — Tom puts everything ahead of himself — God, family, his company, friends … then Tom
21:25 — Magenium, AVI and lots of cool technology — what Tom’s work life consists of
24:24 — “Do you lie?” — Tom reveals the one question he asks every potential hire during interviews
26:46 — Various pieces of advice for anyone going through a merger or acquisition
34:01 — Northwestern students have incredible access to tremendous resources — it’s amazing
37:36 — The story of how Tom and Brian met — and bonded immediately
39:54 — Even though you may not see eye to eye with someone doesn’t mean you should be hateful toward them or their views
44:43 — Tom talks the four Ps: priest, prophet, provider, protector
55:58 — “More of the same” — Tom jokes about his predictions for the future, but then gets real
58:59 — Want more Tom? Connect with him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org