Thomas M. SmithPresident


A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and a Gulf War veteran, his distinguished military career include leadership positions of high visibility and responsibility in a broad range of international and domestic United States Navy command, operational, and staff assignments.

During the Persian Gulf War, he deployed with the Amphibious Task Force which executed the fastest and largest logistics operation in the history of warfare; pre-positioning ships, and other high-priority combat assets in preparation of Operation Desert Shield.

During Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Group 1-91 (MARG 1-91), along with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), he participated in the amphibious assault along the coast of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. MARG 1-91 also spearheaded Operation Provide Comfort, which (1) delivered humanitarian aid to the Kurdish refugees fleeing Iraq and (2) enforced the security of the refugees and the humanitarian relief effort.

During Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort, he earned numerous military decorations and official commendations.

During his civilian career, Thomas developed an extensive knowledge of industrial distribution (specifically Maintenance, Repair, Operations, Production), flexible manufacturing technology and engineered composite material advances and their business applications, along with knowing how people and technology work efficiently together. He brings tremendous focus and experience to clients that demand advanced manufacturing management technology to support effective and efficient processes.

the key to bridging regional industrial manufacturing with national defense and critical infrastructure
is found within leadership keenly aware of the size, scope, extent and nature of the GDI market, and its impact on economic development, stability, activity, and performance

Seeing an opportunity to bridge advanced manufacturing with national defense and critical infrastructure, Thomas established taktik(z) to create opportunities for domestic and international manufacturers to contribute to the national challenges of GDI (Government Defense Infrastructure) supply chain performance; and provide organizations and its supporting contractors with comprehensive access points to a variety of capable suppliers.


1999 – present

taktik(z), Inc.


Develop comprehensive market engagement business development strategies and co-research, co-engineering, co-production relationships across industrial priority sectors: aerospace & defense/security and critical infrastructures (energy, agriculture, cyber/ICT, advanced manufacturing, engineering & construction, mining, aviation)

Design multidimensional (international, strategic, tactical, operational, expeditionary/frontier) market engagement and business development strategies targeting priority industrial growth sectors.

Comprehensive international experience and connections between government and industry including direct relationships with contractors (primes and subs), federal departments, investment/trade directors, diplomatic ministers, and enterprises leaders.

His experience with established principles, such as, concentration of force, unity of command, effective leadership, and detailed operational planning, adds tremendous strategic business value by cultivating relationships, asserting presence and leading with authority.

1995 – 1999

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Sales Supervisor, Engineered Solutions | MI District 1997 – 2000

• Revitalized Michigan sales distribution network

Sales Representative, Abrasive Marketing Group | MI District 1996 – 1997

• Directed an aggressive MRO business plan and sales initiative.

Sales Representative, Abrasive Marketing Group | NE District 1995 – 1996

• Developed distributor sales teams and account performance metrics.

1987 – 1995

United States Navy

Fleet Technical Support Center 1994 – 1995

• Foreign Military Sales

Fleet Tactical Readiness Group 1992 – 1994

• Fleet Tactical Deception Group
• Space Electronic Warfare (SEW) Staff

Amphibious Squadron Eight 1989 – 1992

• Operation Desert Shield
• Operation Desert Storm
• Operation Provide Comfort

U.S.S. Manitowoc (LST-1180) 1987 – 1989

• MARG 4-87

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