Posted by Kelly Salwei
Tom Kieffer - CEO Virteva:  End with a Miss
Tom is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and built eight plus companies and served on ten plus boards of directors including a stint as Chair of the High-Tech Association. Tom has a BS in Engineering from Iowa State
where he also lettered for the track and field team which he joined as a walk-on and earned a partial scholarship after a year. Tom met his wife at Iowa State and they both accepted positions at Honeywell. After about a year
they were both laid off and while his wife obtained another engineering job, Tom embarked upon a career as an entrepreneur.
Tom shared his story and his mantra of “Ending with a miss”. Just like entrepreneurs, high jumpers keep raising the bar with each successful jump until they miss. Mistakes will be made and not all endeavors are successful, but entrepreneurs keep trying. Tom’s started his latest venture (Virteva) in 2005 and it currently has 150 employees.
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