Tom Cox
Tom is fan of entrepreneurs and those that aspire to be. As founder & CEO of, he launched the first online retail business in Louisiana. Since its start in 1995, has been named to the Inc. 5000 8 times and has grown to $25mm in annual sales. In 1996, Tom co-founded Einstein Digital Media, a web-development firm that grew to be one of the largest in Louisiana prior to sale. Tom is the volunteer-president of the Opportunity Machine, a business incubator and accelerator based in Lafayette, La that has been home to 30 startups in the last 5 years. Tom is Vice Chair of the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise and is a member of the IberiaBank Lafayette Advisory Board. Tom is the former Chairman of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority and was an advocate for entrepreneurship support during his term as commissioner. Tom is a former member of the editorial board of Internet Retailer magazine, and has been a speaker at its annual conference.