Thomas D. Ogden, MSIMC, is the founder and Principal of XPECTMarketing a marketing and business development firm specializing in professional service firms, providing custom solutions, consultative training and coaching to position them for optimum growth and profit. Tom has more than 10 years with two multi-office public accounting firms as Director of Marketing and Business Development and also in a similar role at a top Midwest wealth management firm. Tom’s focus was identifying new business opportunities that matched the unique market, industry and service specializations as well as coaching Principals, managers and staff at all levels in a variety of areas such as referral opportunities, networking, sales skills, closing techniques, leadership training, team development, and communication skills.
Tom’s entre into professional services firms was six years at a five office, regional public accounting firm with 24 partners and 150 total staff where he was involved in the strategic marketing of numerous branches and consulting services and the implementation and opening of two niche offices, including a wealth management division.
XPECTtech, a focused technical publishing company was formed in July of 2012, as a result of Tom’s previous firm Ogden & Company, specializing in marketing communications for high-tech manufacturing companies, and the need for engineering-based technical writing and production of sales literature, technical bulletins, instruction manuals, white papers, and other communications strategies. Tom and his strategic partner relationships developed over the past 20 years provide unmatched technical publishing of communications in print, electronic and online. Tom is currently working with medical instrumentation, industrial equipment, food processing and green technology companies.
Before his professional services marketing roles, Tom spent three years in the technical publishing arena as a Managing Editor of two publications and was instrumental in the conversion of print-to-web publishing. There he authored a monthly column entitled Developing Your Potential, which claimed the highest readership feature in the magazine and which he still writes today.
Tom received his undergraduate degree in Psychology/Business from Elmhurst College and a (MSIC) Masters of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University. He is very active in the following organizations:
- Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM), Chicago President 2011
- Schaumburg Business Association, Board of Directors
- Legal Marketing Association
- Village of Itasca, Board of Directors
- Greater O’Hare Association (Real Estate and Construction Chair)
- Rockford Area Economic Development Council
- Buffalo Lake District Board of Commissioners
- Former Marketing Committee member of PKF North America
Tom has presented to the above listed groups as well as:
- Association of Accounting Marketing—Chicago, Minnesota
- Illinois Accountants Association of Illinois
- CPE Club
- Schaumburg Business Association
- CPA Networking Group
- Delta Sigma Pi (Illinois State University)
He has also presented on a variety of topics in Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota on professional development, marketing, business development, relationship building and soft skills. He also toured the Chicago area offices of Charles Schwab & Company, presenting on the topic of Enhancing Client Referrals in Trying Times.
Tom’s interests include guitar playing, writing, gourmet cooking, coaching baseball, and is now learning to play the Appalachian dulcimer.