Submitted by Shawn Durr on March 12, 2024 - 15:23

Meet Tom Kenter, M+S CFO

What would you like our community to know about you?

I come to M+S after a career as a senior executive and corporate officer with 25+ years of progressive experience. I strive to be an operationally focused business partner while bringing my knowledge in finance, business improvement, business strategy, change management, cost reduction, cash generation and risk management to the mix.

I work at building partnering relationships across the organizations I am involved with while driving incremental change to achieve results. I strive to bring a fresh perspective, broad thinking, and new insights by identifying and leading needed change through strategic thinking, strong analytics and the use of technology.

I work to build strong teams through a focus on people. I believe that talent management should emphasize self-development coupled with team building.  I strive to identify and remove complexity in order to achieve standardization and simplification.

What drew you to join the M+S team?

I am the father of two sons who have developmental disabilities. After spending the majority of my career in for-profit America, I found myself seeking a new challenge that would allow me to give back to the community for all the things it has blessed me with.  A friend shared that M+S was looking for a new CFO and after researching the organization, I threw my hat into the ring in the hope that it would afford me the opportunity to give back – I am happy to say, it has.  I look forward to using my career skill set and my personal experiences to help make a difference in a community that is near and dear to my heart.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact which is also a bit of a “claim to near fame” is that I am Mike Pence’s fraternity brother.  We joined the same fraternity at Hanover College.  Mike served as President, while I served as Treasurer.  I like to say that I knew Mike when he was a liberal Democrat who played guitar around campfires, before he went to law school and converted to conservativism.