EFS Network Partner
Tom Combs is a Network Partner with EnFocus Strategies. Tom leads Tom Combs & Associates, which specializes in working with clients on local, state, and federal contract negotiations. He has helped over 500 companies win hundreds of millions of dollars in new business. In the last 10 years alone, he has assisted businesses of all sizes to secure over $250 million in government contracts through one-on-one consulting and a series of nationwide workshops.
As a result of Tom’s extensive career experience, he has gained a unique perspective around focus areas such as governmental relations & contracting, minority, women, and disadvantaged contractor outreach programs and contracting, and housing. Tom previously served as the Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Regional Manager for DRC Emergency Services and was the Texas and Oklahoma, and Emergency Housing Coordinator. He joined the DRC team on a consulting basis in 2002 bringing over 25 years “hands-on” housing experience.
Previously, he spent over 10 years in elected public office as a City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem in Beaumont, Texas. In that capacity, he served as liaison to the Beaumont Housing Authority and as President of the Innovative Housing Corporation. Tom also held the position of Homeless Programs and AIDS Housing Coordinator for the City of Houston. In this position, he directly supervised, coordinated and monitored over 30 million dollars in temporary, transitional, and permanent housing construction and operations contracts. In addition, Tom was elected to the County School Board at the age of 20 where he served for eight years.
Tom served as District Director and Chief of Staff for two members of Congress where he personally directed all housing-related activities and served as a liaison between the congressional offices, the various cities, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Additionally, he was the Director of Public-Private Partnerships for the chamber of commerce.
Tom was the Co-Founder of a nonprofit organization, which was the second of its kind, in the U.S. with a mission to help small businesses secure government contracts.
EFS Network Partner
Rodrigo Herrera, Ph.D., is a strategy consultant with over fifteen years of demonstrated achievement focusing on corporate strategy development, business transformation, talent management, operations improvement, and cost-reduction. Rodrigo is highly effective at developing cross-organizational collaboration and relationships in national and international settings with a proven record of generating tangible business results. He has helped clients breakthrough challenges in transformation management, sales force effectiveness, operations efficiency, and leadership pipeline acceleration, among others.
Rodrigo began his career at McKinsey & Co., was a founding member of the Houston office of Katzenbach Partners LLC, and a core team member of the Leadership, Change, and Organization practice at A.T. Kearney. Rodrigo also served as the Chief People Officer for a non-profit organization, KIPP Houston Public Schools, and was responsible for designing and implementing a talent strategy for 20 public schools with a focus on improving change management skills, leadership development, employee engagement, and executive team effectiveness.
The common thread throughout his experience is a focus on data-driven analysis combined with a deep awareness that people make the difference.
Rodrigo completed his Bachelor’s degree at Duke University on a full-ride merit scholarship and holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin.