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Professional Development

Saturday, September 21, 2013

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209Tom Dowd,
Owner of Thomas Dowd Professional
Development and Coaching

Thomas Dowd Professional
Development and Coaching

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With over 23 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles, Tom was most recently a Senior Vice President at Bank of America. In 2011, he started his own business on the side called “Thomas Dowd Professional Development &; Coaching,” where he helps people creatively find ways to differentiate themselves in the workplace and to find their individual paths toward success. The company tagline is: “Transform into who you really want to be professionally.” 


Tom is currently the Vice President of Education for Dirigo Toastmasters Club in Belfast, Maine. As a founding member of the club, Tom has been involved in Toastmasters since September 2008. Tom is an ACG and ALB and has his High Performance Leadership (HPL) certification. Tom was awarded the District 45 Outstanding Toastmaster for 2010-2011 representing over 100 clubs in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the three Eastern Canadian Provinces of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Tom has also exhibited consistent success when competing at the division and district level in the Humorous, International, Table Topics, and Evaluation contests.

He is currently the two-time reigning Table Topics District 45 champion (2012-2013). Additionally, he is a member of the National Speakers Association. Tom graduated from the University of Delaware in 1990 with a Communication degree, concentrating on interpersonal and organizational communication. In September 2012, Tom published two books that have recently garnered recognition in the business field. The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World, a book detailing Tom’s own professional growth based on lessons learned in his career, received honorable mention in the business category at the 2012 New England Book Festival, while From Fear to Success: a Practical Public Speaking Guide received the Gold Medal in the Business Reference category at the 2013 Axiom Book Awards, Honorable Mention at the 2013 New York Book Festival, and Honorable Mention at the 2013 Paris Book Festival. An audio book of Fear is currently in the editing phase. Tom lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and three daughters.




208Patrick Riley,
CEO and Founder
Modern Survey
Modern Survey

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As the CEO and Co-Founder of Modern Survey, Patrick oversees company growth strategy and product development initiatives. Patrick is a Human Resources technology expert with nearly two decades of experience in the field of employee measurement. Prior to founding Modern Survey, Patrick designed employee measurement solutions at American Express. Patrick is an expert technologist whose thought leadership has been featured by numerous media organizations including Talent Management Magazine and National Public Radio.