Tom Matthesen is a seasoned entrepreneur who has not only founded, built and sold several companies, but has also spent over 25 years financing and advising both development stage and more mature growth companies in a wide range of industries. He served as the founding Chairman of the Board and continues as a Board Member for the company. Since its inception, Matthesen has worked alongside the founders in the development of the company’s vision, strategic execution and capital formation strategies.
In addition to creating a sustainable scenario for local communities in Central America and countries where coffee is a major exported good, Matthesen is passionate about empowering the talented men and women who are responsible for growing world-class coffee – the individual farmers.
Matthesen served as CEO of Presidential Financial, a premiere provider of strategic financing for predominantly private equity portfolio companies throughout the U.S. Prior to Thrive, Matthesen served as CEO and founder of Wall Financial and held executive positions with GE Capital, Heller Financial, and Sun Trust Bank in Atlanta.
Matthesen holds a Bachelors degree in Business/Finance from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University. He has also received his Six Sigma Quality and Executive Leadership certification from GE.
An active community member, Matthesen serves on the Board of Advisors for the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fellowship Christian Schools and served as Deacon at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Tom and his wife, Rhonda, have two sons and a daughter and the world’s largest Golden Retriever, Maxx.