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Tom Cowley

Director of Emerging Markets - Tulsa, OK.

All right. Where am I from? I am from St. Louis, MO. The first few years of my life were spent on The Hill, which is a neighborhood within St. Louis, MO and has a heavy heavy emphasis on Italian culture. If you’re ever in St. Louis and you need a place to go eat or shop you don’t have to look too much farther than The Hill. There’s a lot of good stuff there!

Right around the age of three or four, my family and I moved to a suburb 25 miles West of downtown called Fenton and that house is still in my family today. Not much to brag about in Fenton specifically other than it holds a lot of my childhood memories and there is a lot of Parks and Recreation.

My parents were very involved and a huge influence on me growing up. They both worked really hard but stayed very present at the same time. They wanted the best opportunities for my brother and I, but they did not spoil us to the point where we felt entitled to something.

My childhood taught me a lot but mostly taught me that you are who you surround yourself with. I know I’m not perfect, but I’ve always found myself around great people whether it was by chance or choice. Without that in my life, those great circles of individuals, I wouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity to major in Education and play baseball for Oklahoma State University, which has been one of the best experiences in my life. One I’m still benefiting from today.

What’s on my bucket list?! You know, I feel like my answer will change every time you ask me, but today bucket list goes a little something like this…

I want to see as much of the world as I possibly can with my wife, I want to open a small business with my daughters, I want to visit every ballpark with my son, and I want to open a food truck that travels the country feeding those in need.

These are some experiences that I think would live with me in my family forever, so my bucket list is mostly just about creating memories.

Honorable Mentions:

The Masters. That would be fun to attend!

Kentucky Derby

Skydive with an emphasis on maybe. I might be getting ahead of myself there!

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All right. Where am I from? I am from St. Louis, MO. The first few years of my life were spent on The Hill, which is a neighborhood within St. Louis, MO and has a heavy heavy emphasis on Italian culture. If you’re ever in St. Louis and you need a place to go eat or shop you don’t have to look too much farther than The Hill. There’s a lot of good stuff there!

Right around the age of three or four, my family and I moved to a suburb 25 miles West of downtown called Fenton and that house is still in my family today. Not much to brag about in Fenton specifically other than it holds a lot of my childhood memories and there is a lot of Parks and Recreation.

My parents were very involved and a huge influence on me growing up. They both worked really hard but stayed very present at the same time. They wanted the best opportunities for my brother and I, but they did not spoil us to the point where we felt entitled to something.

My childhood taught me a lot but mostly taught me that you are who you surround yourself with. I know I’m not perfect, but I’ve always found myself around great people whether it was by chance or choice. Without that in my life, those great circles of individuals, I wouldn’t have been afforded the opportunity to major in Education and play baseball for Oklahoma State University, which has been one of the best experiences in my life. One I’m still benefiting from today.

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Off the clock, I love spending time with my 3 crazy kids and beautiful wife. It’s very time consuming to run this amazing little race, trying to get all of them to their activities every week but watching them do the things they enjoy is my favorite hobby.

Second to that, I like to travel, take vacations, exercise, golf, and grill. I don’t really have any intention of mastering the art of golf or grilling. Both are just very therapeutic activities I can enjoy without taking too seriously.

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I heard about some recent research that shows, on average, we are lost in thought 47% of the time.

Pretty scary if you really think about it.

I’m not sure how accurate that average or percentage is for me personally, but I do know that I’m constantly working on being present. Who I want to be at work and at home: I want to be the best, present version of myself which, in return, I think would make me a great husband, dad, coach, and the best leader that I can possibly be.

I want to leave people with the impression that I’m patient, I’m empathetic, sincere, consistent, lighthearted, and enjoy serving others.

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I am part of INCEED-Team Tulsa and have been for over 10 years now.

The Tulsa team is very experienced and it’s a bit of a melting pot, which can also be said for our entire company. We are all very unique when it comes to origin, background, education, etc. but we all care about the same things and share a professional vision.

Our team does a great job of supporting one another and holding each other accountable. The people on our team are what make us great and I’m so proud of how resilient our crew is, especially when the conditions of the market don’t tip in our favor. And we know how to have a lot of fun while we’re doing it.

Love my group!

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The majority of my volunteer time goes to Make-A-Wish Young Professional Group the Oklahoma Chapter, specifically Tulsa.

Even before I became a father, I’ve always had deep levels of empathy for children with critical illnesses and the families that support them. The opportunity to volunteer arrived at a great time in my life and the group had all the perfect ingredients of volunteering. I would get a chance to network with talented young professionals, support a cause/organization that speaks to me, and endless opportunities to make an impact and instill hope in other peoples’ live. So, it was easy for me to lean into it when our Oklahoma City branch referred Make-A-Wish to our Tulsa branch.

For the last two-plus years, I’ve served as the group Sponsorship Chair. My primary focus is raising as many dollars as I possibly can for our two major annual events.

Of those two events is a golf tournament and a brunch and all of the dollars, all the funds, raised go directly to an Oklahoma kid and his or her wish.

Basically, the dollars we raise fund those experiences, and I can’t think of anything more rewarding than co-creating, I can’t take all the credit I’m just helping raise money but helping create a once in a lifetime experience for a wish kid and their family.

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My favorite quote is:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

~Jim Valvano

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Before I came to Inceed, I spent 2 1/2 years doing inside sales for a company out of Chesterfield, MO that sold e-Learning to small and medium sized businesses.

Before that, I spent a couple years ping balling around Minor League baseball. The first five years out of school were a financial struggle to say the least.

So, the goal for me was to align myself with a job that I saw value in. Something I could get excited about every day because I knew if I could fall into love or a deep like with the job, a team, a company, all the above ideally…it would become a career. The path I was on with my previous employer was not for me and I didn’t see myself happy there long term. I will say that I am grateful for the perspective and the grind that came with that experience.

But, you know, once my wife and I decided to move back closer to her family here in Tulsa, it didn’t take long to discover that some of my college network was working at Inceed. So, you can probably guess how the rest went from there and how I landed here.

It didn’t take me long, within the first couple weeks, I knew Inceed was my “something better”. I was so stressed out and anxious at a place that wasn’t my “something better” it affected my nights, my weekends, my thoughts, my attitude, my everything, really.

As soon as I realized that I have an opportunity every day to help procure someone out of the very same situation I was in, into that “something better”… I was hooked.

Plus, I just loved everything this company stood for, and how fanatic they were about creating great experiences for their people and their customers.

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