SBDC for Enterprise Excellence
The SBDC for Enterprise Excellence has dedicated the last two decades to the long-term improvement of companies in the Fort Worth area seeking a competitive advantage. We invite you to learn more about our staff, fellow facilitators and resource partners.
SBDC for Enterprise Excellence | Director
Tom Pryor is the Director of the SBDC as well as a growth coach, financial consultant and Lean Costing trainer on staff at the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center. Tom specializes in helping organizations grow revenue and improve profitability. Tom created a simple method of Value Stream Costing to support Lean and improved decision-making.
Tom has trained thousands of people and helped hundreds of manufacturing, service and governmental organizations of all sizes improve their financial results. Tom’s customers include such recognizable names as Dell, Ralston-Purina, Ford Motor Company, Lennox, AAA, Revlon, Department of Veteran Affairs, the City of Plano Texas, The Dallas Morning News and hundreds of small to medium size organizations needing financial improvement.
Prior to joining TMAC in 2007, Tom served as president of Integrated Cost Management Systems, Inc., a training, software and consulting company he founded in 1988. Tom was the focus of a Business Week magazine cover story titled “That Old-time Accounting Isn’t Good Enough Anymore”.
Tom has authored hundreds of articles and numerous books, including Using ABM for Continuous Improvement, The Activity Dictionary, Activity-Based Management: A Healthcare Industry Primer and The Principles. He has served as editor of the Journal of Cost Management. Tom is an adjunct professor of the Executive MBA program at the University of Texas - Arlington and lecturer at SMU’s School of Engineering.
Tom has held senior financial management positions with Motorola, Johnson & Johnson and General Motors. He is a graduate of the University of Texas - Arlington
SBDC for Enterprise Excellence | Small Business Sustainability Counselor
Dana McLaughlin joined the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence in early 2009 as a Small Business Sustainability Counselor. She brings a passion for environmentalism and a wide range of experience with environmental issues, including conservation (and the resulting cost savings), urban ecological systems, recycling/waste management, and green building and LEED building standards. Dana spearheads Environmental Education & Outreach as well as the Planet Performance portion of the Triple Bottom Line (Profit, People, Planet) assessment/advising program for the SBDCEE.
Dana loves travelling and her world perspective has been positively impacted by the assorted cultural experiences. She temporarily resided in Oaxaca, Mexico where she studied Spanish formally and through immersion and volunteered at Esperanza Infantil Children’s Shelter. She taught English and worked in the nursery and kindergarten with disadvantaged and homeless children. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain where she focused on Urban Ecological Systems, Sustainability efforts in the urban Mediterranean, and the Spanish Language. She has also explored many other cities around Europe and North Africa.
Dana earned her MS in Environmental and Earth Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and her BS in Biology with minors in Physics and Spanish from the University of Tulsa.