About Tom Parish – VP Marketing
Tom Parish is Vice President of Marketing for Concepture. Responsibilities include creating and executing marketing strategy, budget recommendations, website design, market positioning, outbound and inbound lead generation, graphics and branding recommendations, website metrics, SEO and the development of marketing materials (case studies, ebooks audio and video productions.
Concepture is a digital transformation services provider that simplifies the challenge of building custom software solutions for end-to-end seamless integration of business processes with mobile accessibility. The client interface is process-centric not code-centric. The Concepture Platform works with existing IT infrastructure and provides rapid application development without writing lines of code.
Tom’s career has focused on process control, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, expert systems, application development platforms and network computing. His technology background includes networking, cloud computing, telecommunications, enterprise software, customer relationship management and multi-media production.
Tom has extensive enterprise experience in working with teams in India, the Ukraine, Croatia and China, as well as all across the US. He has been involved with the Internet since the Arpanet days in the early 1980’s working with a leading AI company spun out of MIT. He continues his career with Concepture.com which combines all his technical and marketing interests on the emerging intelligent business process automation RAD platforms.
Tom is an author and speaker on the future of technology’s impact on society, education and employment for our next generation.
About Tom Parish – Backgrounder
Tom Parish was born with a heart condition and not expected to live to adulthood. But in 1959, historic advances in medicine gave him the opportunity to have a healthily beating heart. Yet, in the five years he struggled to live prior to that life-changing surgery, he developed a skill that would carry him farther than he could imagine: mastering the art of adaptability like his life depended on it.
In 1968 the landmark science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered. Tom attributes his curiosity about and penchant for artificial intelligence and advanced technologies to this movie. It was also the impetus for him to attend Texas A&M University and study electrical engineering.
His first job out of college was with Honeywell, where he integrated his passion for technology with encouraging adaptability in others by persuading chemical plants and refineries to change from analog control to digital process control.
While keeping current with changes in technology, Tom read a ground-breaking cover story in Time magazine about the “Fifth-Generation Japanese Computer Threat.” The story inspired him to research companies in the U.S. which might be doing similar work. He found Symbolics, a cutting-edge artificial intelligence company which became the first business to have an official domain name on the Internet. Tom reached out to them, and before too long became their number one salesman of programming and multi-tasking systems.
From Symbolics, Tom moved on to work with a research consortium, Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp. (MCC), where he served as a marketing manager for emerging technology. During his time with MCC he wrote a paper on “The Future of Holographic Storage” that was published in Popular Science.
Tom next continued his career with Motorola Semiconductor, where he became involved with the mingled evolution of the Internet and technology. He specifically worked in collaboration with teams in India, Ukraine, Croatia, and China.
His interest in using technology to connect to target audiences via broadcast led Tom to produce some 1300 podcasts, with millions of downloads, for Motorola, BMC Software, AVICAL, TaoOfColor.com, MixingLight.com, and his own businesses. Through this he has had the opportunity to interview a vast array of management and creative personnel from some of the top-performing tech and design companies. Tom was also a professional colorist, applying his artistic drive to the process of grading dozens of full-length movies, documentaries, web shorts, and advertisements for businesses globally. His mantra was and still is to encourage everyone to think and feel and grow their awareness of color from story creation through post-production and distribution. He applies the same mantra to any business: become aware, be curious, adapt, move forward.
Tom is thrilled with his current role as VP of Marketing at Concepture.com. In this position he is able to fully call upon his many skills: networking, cloud computing, telecommunications, enterprise software, mobile technology, customer relationship management, social media, and multi-media production.
Over the span of his careers, Tom has organically fashioned himself into a facilitator of conversations around technology applications and the problems of the times. After a robust technology career, the conversation nearest his heart is addressing how best to educate young people on the skill of adaptability in the workplace — the same skill he developed from birth which has contributed to his value as an employee and an entrepreneur.
By bearing witness to emerging technology, global economies, and their unprecedented whims, Tom seeks to give voice and visibility to this pivotal dialogue about adaptability through his work as a writer and public speaker. To learn more about Tom Parish and his points of view, visit InspireCuriosity.com.
Tom is a FCC licensed radio operator – KG5LBP