We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Harrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Thomas, what role has risk played in your life or career?
As I define in my book INSTINCT; Tapping Your Entrepreneurial DNA to Achieve Your Business Goals, risk is actually ‘opportunity’. If you are honest with yourself, know why you want to start your own enterprise, why you want to change your career, what you want people to feel when interacting with you…risk is really opportunity. Because you have thought through the consequences.

What should our readers know about your business?
My study of the biological and physiological sciences in college and graduate school has played a key role throughout my career from PH.D. Candidate, to Pfizer sales representative, to medical advertising, to advertising entrepreneur, to CEO within Omnicom Group, to partner in a private equity company and to professional Board member, my scientific background has provided me an advantage in leadership, in entrepreneurial venturers and business assessment.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to the 21 Club, the POLOBar and The MET and have casual conversations about what’s important to them.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many. My Graduate School advisor, My Pfizer district manager, my clients, the CEO of Omnicom, but mostly my wife who has been my encouragement throughout my career and who all along my career trajectory has said “just do it” so many times.

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Tom Harrison

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