Thomas Brewer provides leadership of industrial collaboration and workforce development initiatives for Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Leveraging the university’s intellectual capital, he develops and implements strategies for technology transfer, economic development and innovation/entrepreneurship programs.
In Spring 2015, Brewer was named the Executive Director of the TTU TCIM Initiative and served as the Managing Director for the TTU Center of Excellence for Water Research. Prior to TTU, Tom was Managing Director for the Workforce Development and Conference Center at Northfield in Spring Hill, Tennessee and provided strategic planning and operational management. During this period Tom was also President of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA). Brewer authored the Automotive Industry Infrastructure Initiative (AI3) as the roadmap to public/private leadership of the automotive sector in Tennessee.
In January 2018, Tennessee Governor Haslam appointed Brewer as the Higher Education representative on the newly established state-wide Energy Policy Council.
Tom spent 34 years with General Motors (GM) where he held positions including Controller and Planning Administrator at the Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex. He was a member of the plant Executive Leadership Team directing day to day operations along with responsibility to execute the GM Global Launch Process for all new vehicle platform architectures and led (23) separate launches including the very successful $1 Billion retooling of the assembly plant prior to his retirement.
Prior to Saturn, he was the International Joint Venture Controller for GM and successfully developed and negotiated business agreements with Chinese government officials for a Greenfield Iron/Aluminum Automotive Casting Foundry in Beijing.
Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Evansville in Indiana with Finance and Engineering majors.