Tom Fulcher, a Certified Small Business Counselor, is the founder of The Idea Gardener LLC, a business development, strategy and leadership/management consulting organization. He has over 25 years of marketing, management and business development experience. Mr. Fulcher has led projects and divisions for start-up, small and large firms including Colgate-Palmolive and Heinz and has served as CEO of an internet firm leading up to its eventual sale. He also currently serves in executive advisory role with several startup firms.
He teaches the NACET Pitch Power training course for entrepreneurs and is Entrepreneur-in-Residence for NACET at the Chandler Innovations incubator. He is the Co-Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the ASU Innovation Advancement Program mentoring graduate business, engineering and law students as they assist start-up and early stage tech companies with a variety of business operations, strategy and legal issues. In addition, he lectures on topics including leadership, marketing, strategic business planning, branding and capital formation at Arizona State University, The Thunderbird School of Global Management and the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. He assists clients in all phases of business development and expansion. During his career, he has held the positions of VP of Marketing, VP of New Business Development, VP of International Development, COO, CEO and Board Member.
Mr. Fulcher is highly involved in the Arizona community serving currently or formerly on the boards of the Alliance for Entrepreneurial Advancement and Finance, Arizona Angel Investor Network (screening committee), Seraphim Angels (founding team), Arizona Technology Investors (strategic resource advisor for entrepreneurs), Invest Southwest Executive Committee, Venture Madness Judge and Mentor, Arizona Commerce Authority Venture Ready Panelist, Arizona Commerce Authority Arizona Innovation Challenge Judge, WISE™ (Westside Institute for Start-up and Emerging companies Executive Director, WIN (Westside Investor Network) founding team, American Marketing Association Phoenix Chapter, the Economic Club of Phoenix, Enterprise Network, Arizona Zoological Society and Audubon Arizona. He has also volunteered with the Arizona Centennial Commission, the PKD AZ chapter, ASU’s Venture Catalyst.
He holds a B.S. in Management from Arizona State University, an MBA in Marketing from the University of Denver and a Global Leadership Certificate from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Tom is also a Certified Small Business Counselor and Certified Global Business Professional. He and his wife, Michelle reside in Cave Creek and own several businesses including Organized Affair LLC (meeting and event management company).