Tom LaPlante

Tom LaPlante

CIO at TopGolf

Dallas, Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth Area)

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Tom LaPlante's Overview


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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.

• Leadership
• 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 2012Present (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

Star Support Inc

Information Technology and Services industry

October 2009April 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 2006October 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.

Sr Partner

Mentor Management Group

June 2002May 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

CSC Consulting

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; CSC; Information Technology and Services industry

19982002 (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

Holiday Inn Worldwide

Public Company; 51-200 employees; Hospitality industry

June 1991June 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.

Director IT


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; BFB; Wine and Spirits industry

19881991 (3 years)

Tom LaPlante's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Chairman Charity Golf Tournament

      Blaze Sports
      • Social Services

Tom LaPlante's Languages

  • Spanish

Tom LaPlante's Skills & Expertise

  1. Vendor Management
  2. Change Management
  3. Analytics
  4. Strategic Planning
  5. Team Building
  6. Project Management
  7. Contract Negotiation
  8. Cross-functional Team Leadership
  9. Program Management
  10. IT Strategy
  11. Outsourcing
  12. Leadership
  13. IT Management
  14. Consulting
  15. Service Delivery
  16. Executive Management
  17. Business Process Improvement
  18. Cloud Computing
  19. Business Intelligence
  20. Social Media Marketing
  21. Enterprise Architecture
  22. Product Management
  23. Business Process
  24. Project Portfolio Management
  25. Management Consulting
  26. Strategy
  27. Strategic Partnerships
  28. Sales
  29. Enterprise Software
  30. Account Management
  31. Mobile Applications
  32. Professional Services
  33. Information Technology

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Tom LaPlante's Education

University of Georgia

BS, Computer Science

September 1974April 1978

Computer Science

Activities and Societies: Cum Laude Graduate

Tom LaPlante's Additional Information


Golf. Coaching youth sports.

Groups and Associations:

Board member a non-profit for raising awareness of Dravet a form of epilepsy.

Honors and Awards:

Blaze Sports - HERO Award for Outstanding Volunteer Work

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