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 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 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.