CIO at TopGolf
- Dallas, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Area)
Tom LaPlante's Overview
- CIO at TopGolf
Tom LaPlante's Summary
Business and technology executive skilled at monetizing innovative ideas and implementing change that maximizes revenue and profits.
Visionary business strategist adept at translating diverse big picture objectives into actionable technical programs focused on streamlining operations across corporate functionalities.
Leader that builds highly effective teams spanning multidisciplinary departments to deliver world class solutions in high growth companies.
Project management expert skilled at directing teams through large, highly complex IT/Business projects, including major business re-locations and organization wide launches.
Known for a strong ability to generate widespread consensus among competing stakeholders for company change initiatives.
Able to identify and successfully implement innovations such as mobile apps, social media, big data analytics to generate revenues and improve operations.
• Team Building
• Social Media Strategy
• Strategic Planning
• Innovation Management
• Organizational Change Management
• Predictive Analytics
• Mobile Solutions
• Mobile Applications
• Enterprise Transformation
• Revenue Expansion
• Vendor Management
• Contract Negotiation
• CRM Loyalty Systems
• Lean and Six Sigma
• Cloud Solutions
• Big Data Analytics
• Enterprise Solutions
• Systems Integration
Tom LaPlante's Experience
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Entertainment industry
April 2012 – Present (2 years 6 months) Dallas, Tx
CIO for this unique and emerging global leader in golf and entertainment.
As CIO he is responsible for the strategy, architecture, program management, development, support and operations of the entire portfolio of Topgolf's World-Class IT systems.
Led the effort to build scalable systems deployments and processes that enable the doubling of sites year over year.
Developed the strategy to integrate social media with site activities and created the "mobile first" strategy for customer facing employees to provide electronic concierge services.
Led the Big Data Analytics programs to create first enterprise data warehouse resulting in improved operations and profits.
Used offshore, near-shore and in-house application development strategy to deliver next generation of games, integrated multi-channel marketing programs, web presence and Topgolf's first mobile app.
SVP Service Delivery, Account Management
Information Technology and Services industry
October 2009 – April 2012 (2 years 7 months) Austin, Texas Area
Management and Technology Consulting specializing monetizing innovation and business changes.
Strategic consulting executive specializing in program management in the areas of mobile applications, social media, large scale IT and construction projects.
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CZR; Gambling & Casinos industry
May 2006 – October 2009 (3 years 6 months)
Head the identification of innovative IT projects to continuously enhance productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness while maximizing return on investment. Collaborate closely with cross-functional corporate leadership to strategize proactive change/improvement programs. Research vendor and supplier options to develop comprehensive financial justifications and direct project teams of up to 100 staff across 8 corporate divisions in the execution of all IT initiatives.
Mentor Management Group
June 2002 – May 2006 (4 years)
Served as the chief consultant, managing up to 75-member teams to run client engagements for such companies as NCR, Worldspan, Guidant, Calence, and Cingular. Additionally headed all sales and business development efforts, delivering proposals to C-level executive decision makers.
Principal - IT Strategy
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CSC; Information Technology and Services industry
1998 – 2002 (4 years)
Managed large scale consulting projects for a blue chip client portfolio. Additionally developed RFPs for potential outsourcing deals and contributed to sales negotiations and deal closings in a high-level pre-sales support role.
Director Data Center Services
Public Company; 51-200 employees; Hospitality industry
June 1991 – June 1994 (3 years 1 month)
Built and relocated this data center from Memphis to Atlanta. Managed the technical and operational groups to run this 24X7 facility.
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; BFB; Wine and Spirits industry
1988 – 1991 (3 years)
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Tom LaPlante's Skills & Expertise
- Vendor Management
- Change Management
- Strategic Planning
- Team Building
- Project Management
- Contract Negotiation
- Cross-functional Team Leadership
- Program Management
- IT Strategy
- IT Management
- Service Delivery
- Executive Management
- Business Process Improvement
- Cloud Computing
- Business Intelligence
- Social Media Marketing
- Enterprise Architecture
- Product Management
- Business Process
- Project Portfolio Management
- Management Consulting
- Strategic Partnerships
- Enterprise Software
- Account Management
- Mobile Applications
- Professional Services
- Information Technology
Tom LaPlante's Education
1981 – 1982
BS, Computer Science
September 1974 – April 1978
Activities and Societies: Cum Laude Graduate
Tom LaPlante's Additional Information
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