For three decades Tom Wheeler has worked at the forefront of telecommunications policy and business development. As a Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a private equity firm managing $380 million in assets, Mr. Wheeler invests in and works with early stage technology companies. He is president of the Shiloh Group, LLC, providing policy strategy and business development counseling. Mr. Wheeler also co-founded SmartBrief, an electronic information service for vertical markets that reaches 1 million executives daily, and serves as its Chairman.
Described in a Los Angeles Times profile as "the rock star of telecom," Mr. Wheeler has experienced the revolution in telecommunications as both a policy expert and advocate, as well as a businessman. As an entrepreneur he started or helped start multiple companies offering new cable, wireless and video communications services. As a policy expert he has been intimately engaged in the development of the government's telecommunications policy at both the legislative and regulatory level.
On the twentieth anniversary of the cable television industry Cablevision magazine selected Wheeler one of the top twenty individuals in the industry's history. From 1976 to 1984, Mr. Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he was president from 1979 to 1984.
Following NCTA Mr. Wheeler was CEO of several high tech companies, including the first company to offer high speed delivery of data to home computers and the first digital video satellite service.
From 1992 to 2004 he was President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. Selected to the Wireless Hall of Fame, Wheeler was described as, "an incredible leader for both CTIA and the industry…his vision, leadership and ability to negotiate and arbitrate in an industry where a unified voice is hard to find because of its fierce competition allowed the wireless industry to move forward to where it is today."
Mr. Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and other leading publications.
Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed Mr. Wheeler a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where he served for 12 years. He is currently Chairman of the Kennedy Center affiliate VSA Arts, an international organization which annually touches the lives of over five million individuals with disabilities by providing equality of experience and accessibility to the arts. He is Chairman and President of the Foundation for the National Archives, the non-profit organization dedicated to telling the American Story through its documents. Mr. Wheeler sits on the boards of numerous companies, both private and public.
Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal. He resides in Washington, D.C.