Strategic Partners



Since 2012 Tom Bugnitz has been CEO of Manufacturer's Edge, the Colorado Manufacturing Extension Partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Tom has over 35 years of broad experience in strategic planning, operations and financial oversight.

Most recently, Tom was a senior executive for a start-up manufacturer of cutting-edge green air-conditioning systems. Prior to that he was founder and president of the Beta Group, Inc., and advised corporate and government clients across the globe for over 25 years in business and technology strategy development. Tom also co-authored a widely-adopted book on business strategy and capital planning for technology. 

Tom started his career in 1974 working on manufacturing systems for American Motors Corporation and Monsanto Company, and for 10 years ran the IT operation for Washington University in St. Louis.  He holds both an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.


Sales Management professional with over 8 years of experience in manufacturing, leading sales teams to exceed revenue and profit goals. Proven track record of driving multimillion-dollar growth and national expansion. Specialized skills using B2B sales processes when selling to diverse-industry clients nationally. Strong command of national business protocols and experience conducting business with local executives across the United States. Expert relationship builder, channel developer, negotiator and sales strategist. Fields of expertise: Manufacturing, Power Transmission, Industrial Automation, Conveyors, Material Handling, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Industrial Distribution, Machining, Assembly and Fabrication.


Experienced executive leader crossing multiple disciplines and industries; sales/business development, financial leadership, operations, IT, and project management to name a few roles across many industries from manufacturing to strictly service oriented. My DNA is represented by a commitment to exceptional service,building long term relationships, always with the focus on a 10x win/win!