Tom Krekel’s business and leadership skills grew from more than 30 years as a top executive and business owner in the newspaper industry. He started his own company that published weekly newspapers in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The companies Tom ran ranged in employment from as few as seven to as many as 200.

In 2007, he left the newspaper industry to return to New Mexico, retiring as President of an Advance Publications company in New Jersey which published 20 newspapers with over 300,000 circulation.

For ten years, Tom participated as a CEO member in a peer advisory board in Milwaukee. That experience plus his special interest in small business development led to his interest in building Executive Forums in New Mexico.

He has been selected to leadership in state and national associations having been President of the Wisconsin Free Community Papers, and First Vice President of the national Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP). He was President of the 100 member Waukesha Rotary Club during his fifteen year tenure with that organization. He’s a past board member of both the Wisconsin and New Jersey State Press Associations.

The Wisconsin native earned a BA in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tom received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

His interests include fitness, golf, and reading. He is a member of the Del Norte Rotary Club, The New Mexico Angels, Albuquerque Economic Development and The Executive Association of Greater Albuquerque.