He brings more than 25 years of procurement, management and operations experience. He specializes in assisting public sector clients harness innovation and operational efficiency to reduce costs and accelerate project delivery.
His areas of concentration include public private partnerships, procurement, operational improvement and public policy.
Tom advises clients in a variety of industries – including aviation, commuter rail, education, lighting, parking, surface transportation and vertical infrastructure – who are seeking to alternative approaches to procure services and infrastructure through end-to-end procurement frameworks.
Over the last 15 years, Mr. Kness has focused exclusively on complex government procurements with a combined value of more than $13B, including successfully leading the procurement teams to secure private development consortiums to: replace the Central Terminal Building at La Guardia Airport; convert the City of Ottawa’s bus line to its first light-rail train; and, modernize the State of Michigan’s freeway lighting system.
Currently, Mr. Kness is providing strategic sourcing and procurement advisory services to the State of Wyoming as part of a state-wide cost efficiency initiative.
Recently, Tom assisted a major, non-asset-based logistics provider negotiate 3rd party transportation contracts and implement other efficiencies across its network. The project to date has identified over $30M in savings.
As a former Director in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Chicago, where he managed an asset portfolio of $3.8B, Tom built systems and processes that ensure contract compliance and manage risk. He is a skilled negotiator who achieved savings at the City by re-negotiating a high-rise lease agreement resulting in a cost saving of $11M and transforming material hauling and delivery contracting for the Departments of Water, Streets and Sanitation and Transportation resulting in over 50% savings.
As a Purchasing Manager in the private sector, Mr. Kness was responsible for global sourcing of $60M in raw materials, capital infrastructure and MRO for two chemical manufacturing facilities. Tom also led the effort to achieve ISO 9000-2000 Certification.
Mr. Kness earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Western Michigan University.