Thomas A. Waltermire is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Geon Company and PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), both headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio. PolyOne is the world’s largest provider of specialized polymer materials and services and was formed when The Geon Company acquired M.A. Hanna Corporation in September 2000. PolyOne has manufacturing and marketing operations worldwide.
When The Geon Company was taken public from BFG in 1993, Tom became CFO and ultimately Chairman/CEO in 1999. When Geon acquired M.A. Hanna to create PolyOne, Tom served as PolyOne’s Chairman/CEO through 2005, a record earnings year for PolyOne.
In March 2006, Tom agreed to lead Team Northeast Ohio, serving as CEO until December 2014. Team NEO is a nonprofit business attraction and growth organization. Team NEO markets the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio to the world, attracts new businesses and supports local economic development partners to help existing companies grow. Team NEO represents JobsOhio in the region. From 2007-2014, Team NEO attracted over 100 new business operations to Northeast Ohio, representing 9,000 new jobs.
Currently, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Vadxx Energy, and on the boards of Albrecht, Inc., several early-stage companies based in Northeast Ohio and the North Coast Angel Fund.
Waltermire’s active engagement in the economic development of Northeast Ohio and the State of Ohio includes having served on the executive committees and boards of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, JumpStart, Inc., the Ohio Business Roundtable, and as Chair of NorTech. In addition to Digital C, Tom currently serves as a member of the boards of ideastream, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Zoological Society, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Business Volunteers Unlimited (former chair) and Baldwin Wallace University. Tom was appointed by Governors Taft, Strickland and Kasich to Ohio’s Third Frontier Advisory Board, the State’s initiative in technology-based economic development.