Tom Patterson (entrepreneur)
Tom Patterson accepting an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award
|Born||12 February 1979|
|Residence||New York City, New York, United States|
|Alma mater||Arizona State University|
|Known for||Founder and CEO of Tommy John|
|Spouse(s)||Erin Fujimoto (Co-founder of Tommy John)|
Tom Patterson (born 12 February 1979) is an American entrepreneur, who founded the Tommy John company in 2008.
Patterson was raised in South Dakota. He graduated from Milbank High School in 1998 and went on to attend Arizona State University, where he graduated with a degree in business communications.
Patterson began his career as a medical device salesman, a position from which he was released in wake of the Great Recession. Frequently wearing business attire as part of his position, Patterson became irritated with the fit of his undershirts, which led him to design a new undershirt for himself.
After being let go from his sales job, Patterson began selling his undershirts from his apartment in San Diego. He founded Tommy John with his wife, Erin Fujimoto, in 2008. Lacking a background in fashion, Patterson used his sales skills from his previous position to grow the company. Under his leadership, Tommy John expanded their product range to include socks, sportswear, and underwear, The company was incorporated in 2012 and is headquartered in New York.
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