Tom Patterson

Tommy John CEO & Founder

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How Do You Make One-on-Ones More Effective?

I think making one-on-ones more efficient is really spending time to think through the things that you want to go through in that meeting. What's the agenda? What are the decisions that we need to make…

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How Do You Get Executives to Do What You Want?

Two years ago, I hired a COO to really manage some of the operational parts of the business. I think as you scale, you start to bring in higher-level people that bring a level of…

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What Advice Would You Give a First-Time Manager?

I think I've always taken the approach that, you know, treat people the way you want to be treated. Treat them with respect. And I think as a first-time manager, you need to understand that…

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What Do You Look for in a Job Candidate?

When we hire, obviously we look at experience, but I really look for grit. It's not what you've done great, it's what are some challenges that you've had? Have you been involved in sports, extracurricular…

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Did You Ever Give Up on Something and Why?

I was raised in an environment where my parents never let me quit anything. If I started something, I had to follow it through till the end of the season, and then I could decide…

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How Do You Prioritize Your To-Do List?

So, two years ago I hired an assistant, and it was the best thing I ever did, as far as helping me keep my calendar on schedule, keeping my reminders or my to-do lists. So…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

Last year I started getting 300 to 400 emails. I couldn't keep up with them. I put an out-of-office reminder saying that I would only be checking email before nine a.m. and after five p.m.,…

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What Role Does Data Play in Your Decision-Making Process?

As a clothing company today, if you invest $50,000 in a print ad in a fashion magazine, you have no idea how those people are coming to your website. But if you are spending $50,000…

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What’s Your Power Outfit?

I wear clothing that's as comfortable as possible. So I grew up in a family that had a furniture store, a funeral home, and an ambulance service, which is very popular in South Dakota, where I…

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How Long Have You Gone Without Sleep Because of Work?

I don't understand how some of these people in Silicon Valley stay up for 100 hours. I think they must just crash so hard that if you poke them, they don't even move. But what…

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What’s Your Morning Routine?

For the last eight months, I've been getting up at 5:00 in the morning. I work out with a group of 15 guys at a place called The Dogpound in Tribeca. It's a really interesting…

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How Do You Fit a Giraffe in a Fridge?

Tom Patterson: Is the giraffe alive or dead? Betty Liu: Up to you. Tom Patterson: Fit a giraffe in a fridge. I guess the way you would fit a giraffe in a fridge is make a…

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How Do You Get Work Done While You Travel?

Wi-fi on airplanes has been a lifesaver as far as getting work done traveling. Honestly when I travel, I seem to to be able to catch up on things. What I really value, in a…

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What Do You Splurge on in Your Business That’s Worth It?

I would say the things that we splurge on is we offer unlimited snacks and coffee to employees. I wasn't happy with the amount of junk food in the office a couple of years ago…

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What Teambuilding Exercise Actually Works?

One thing that we do is we do culture events, from having speakers come in [to talk] about public speaking to help others gain confidence, we have Family Feud, we have mixology events where people can…

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What’s the Most Important Skill You Use That School Did Not Teach You?

I would say the most important skill that I use that school didn't teach me was to question everything. I've always been, not why, but why not? And why is that? I think I was…

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What’s the Smartest Way to Cut Costs?

You talk about lean startups...we are still running like a lean startup in a lot of ways. I think it has to do with the adaptability of people in the Tommy John culture, that are…

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What’s an Effective Perk to Attract Top Talent?

I think the perks that are really important today to people are just a comfortable environment, great people...product is key. I think that's one thing that we do with all candidates that come into the…

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"Former medical device salesman"

Tom Patterson was born and raised in South Dakota. He studied at Arizona State University, eventually becoming a successful Medical Device Salesperson. In 2008, after years on the road as an unsatisfied consumer in need of more fitted and functional base layers, he founded Tommy John. He initially developed an innovative collection of undergarments made of propriety materials – patented stay tucked undershirts, non-bunching underwear and socks that never fall down. Now Tommy John is recognized as an exciting menswear brand, ever expanding, and leading the way in terms of fabric, fit and functionality.