Tom is an adjunct professor at the School of Business Administration in the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University, teaching global supply chain management, business policy capstone, financial management, and marketing foundations and co-leading short study abroad programs to China on global fashion value chain. He won the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award in 2012.
Tom developed a plethora of eclectic interests over 29 years working in the consumer packaged goods industry. Travel is perhaps part of his DNA, as international assignments with Campbell Soup Company had taken him to Europe and Asia. Formerly, as Director of Operations for North American Foodservice Division, Tom managed all aspects of the supply chain, with direct impact to profit and loss. His corporate experience ranged from engineering, packaging, and quality and operations management to strategic planning. He was a key liaison between product development and marketing, overseeing 30 manufacturing plants, supporting commercialization, business continuity planning, capital budgeting, logistics, technology assessment, and lean manufacturing practices.
He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.S. in chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.B.A. in Marketing at Temple University Fox School of Business. He joined Temple’s CIBER (Center for International Business Education & Research) Advisory Board after earning a M.S. in eBusiness at Fox in 2002. Tom completed a M.S. in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He joined PhilaU in 2010 with a passion in exploring next-generation business models in value creation. Every night a flock of Boeing 747s would leave Hong Kong to reach all regions of the globe, loaded with Apple products; however, the apparel industry started this business model long ago, leveraging American innovations with global supply chains, driving economic growth and job creation. Fashion ROCKS.
Nioka Wyatt is an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Merchandising & Management program at Philadelphia University. Nioka spent her tenure working at QVC in the Quality Assurance department and later transitioned into jewelry production for a number of celebrities. Nioka has extensive knowledge in fashion merchandising and product development for a plethora of consumer products, such as apparel, home textiles, footwear, accessories, and hardgoods. Nioka serves as a consultant in the areas of product development and small business development. She has taught courses in textiles, design thinking, and fashion business, and she conducts a course to China to provide experiential learning opportunities to fashion students. Nioka’s research merges culture, experiential learning, design thinking, and product development. Nioka earned her MBA and has a B.S. in Fashion Industry Management from Philadelphia University.