Tom Okarma


Tom Okarma is a top-rated nonprofit leadership author, keynote speaker, and coach focused on leadership, strategic planning, board development, and governance. His life mission statement is to Empower People with Strategies that Honor What God Loves. His 30+ years of business experience, make him a dramatic force for change, helping ministries and other nonprofits increase their impact.

Tom’s professional experience includes serving as the President and CEO of DPIC Companies, a specialty organization serving design professionals (Monterey, CA) and as part owner of AVA Insurance agency (Chicago, IL) a leader in its specialty niche.

Tom has spent the last decade serving and leading on numerous nonprofit boards. He’s been there, done that, and learned critical lessons about effective leadership and board development. He is a popular speaker at nonprofit events and frequently shares his thoughts on governance, board development, and leadership on his website.

Tom has been active with and served on the boards of The Barnabas Group (Chicago, IL), Arizona Christian University and Impact Phoenix (Phoenix, Arizona), The Peoples Resource center (Wheaton, IL) and Providence International Foundation (Redding, CA) among other organizations. He joined the Pinnacle Forum National Board in October 2019 and accepted the role of Chairman in 2021.

Tom is married to Sue and they have two adult daughters.


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