Advisory Board Member
Tom Dugan has been working in Information Technology for over 40 years in varying capacities from Field Technician to Senior Management. As a parallel entrepreneur, Mr. Dugan started and sold two companies operating both organizations simultaneously for 5 years during which both organizations had astounding growth. His first company, eSource Group, was ranked as Philadelphia’s 14th Fastest Growing Company by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Shortly thereafter, his second company, Recovery Networks, ranked 6th on the Philly 100 in 2009 and was also on the list in 2010 and 2011; Recovery Networks was also the co-awardee for the Best Practices in Business Continuity along with Hewlett-Packard for its work in innovating recovery solutions. The company was also honored as the country’s fastest growing urban companies by the ICIC (ranked #45 in USA.)
He was selected as the Director of Technology for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015. In this role, Mr. Dugan was tasked with managing all aspects, from ticketing to technology, of the World Meeting of Families Congress as well as the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Working with various public and private entities, his role was to prepare the City of Philadelphia for arrival of millions of visitors, tens of thousands of attendees, thousands of priests, hundreds of bishops, scores of archbishops, dozens of cardinals … and one Pope.
He last was a Senior Product Manager for Virtustream, the Cloud Division of Dell/EMC before retiring from active work in 2018.
He has been a speaker on various topics, particularly virtualization and disaster recovery as well as small business startup and entrepreneurship. He had been selected as a tiered member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) through its work with Asigra, Inc. A constant advocate for business continuity, Mr. Dugan taught a course for CompTIA, the leading industry education and certification organization, where he was tasked with certifying executives and business owners for the Executive Certificate in Data Recovery and Business Continuity. Mr. Dugan had also been selected to be on the American Partner Advisory Board for the Asigra corporation. Additionally, Mr. Dugan has served as a technology judge in “Best of” competitions for Storage Magazine, TechTarget, VMWorld and SearchServerVirtualization.com.
Active in numerous activities, Mr. Dugan was the Chairman of the St. Joseph’s Prep Football Alumni Association; High School Rugby Coach and certified referee; a member of the MS Leadership Class of 2004; and co-founder of the first VMware Users Group in Philadelphia. Most recently, he is on the Board of Trustees for Neumann University and serves and Finance Committee Chair and Board Member of Habitat for Humanity (Montgomery/Delaware Counties). Further, he sits on the Advisory boards for several smaller organizations in both start-up and expansion modes.