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Tom Thomson

Managing Partner, Sanford Rose Associates


Member Profile

Tom is a graduate of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia and spent 19 years with Sonoco Products Company where he held key management positions.   He started his career with Sonoco in the Consumer Packaging Division and managed relationships with key customers such as Kraft and Anheuser Busch. In 1991, Tom moved from St. Louis to Columbus, Ohio to help build Sonoco's Protective Packaging business.  During his time in the Protective Packaging Division, Tom created strategic alliances with Whirlpool, Maytag, Electrolux, and Bosch Siemens and was also instrumental in the division’s growth into Latin America as Sales Manager for Mexico. Tom was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Safe Transit Association in 2003. In October of 2005, Tom accepted the position of Division Vice President for a major Staffing Company which was starting their business in Tennessee.   While there, Mr. Thomson oversaw a staff of 800 employees at an on-site account, developed new business with companies such as Coca-Cola and Aim Healthcare, and opened a new branch in South Nashville which became profitable in only five months. In January of 2007, Tom purchased the office of Sanford Rose Associates in Brentwood. In March of 2007 he bought the rights to SRA in Franklin and moved the office to historic downtown Franklin.

Tom has spoken internationally on topics such as Building Win-Win Strategic Alliances and Distribution Packaging. Tom and his wife Paula live in Franklin with their three children. He volunteers his time working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization as well as coaching youth basketball.  Tom is a member the Rotary Club, IOPP, ISTA, NAPS, and the Tennessee Recruiters Association.  He is a Certified Personnel Consultant.


Company Profile

Sanford Rose Associates Packaging Practice specializes in filling critical job openings in the packaging industry.    We work with some of the World's leading Packaging companies to identify talented people in the areas of sales, engineering, and operations.  Our competitive advantages are:

  • Twenty years of experience working in the packaging industry provides a large network of contacts and the knowledge to be more than just a recruiter but a business partner with our clients.
  • We offer the professionalism and service level of a fully retained search firm without the high upfront fees which offer no guarantees.  We prefer to work on a performance based retainer and guarantee our client's complete satisfaction with our service.
  • SRA's proprietary Dimensional Search Process insures a fit between the candidate and your company's culture and management style.
  • We offer our clients the global reach of our 65 office network.

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Contact Information

Company: Sanford Rose Associates - Franklin
Address: 339 Main Street, Suite 200
City: Franklin
State: Tennessee
Zip: 37064
Phone: 615-595-1813


Email: thomson@irsaonline.com
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