Veterans Incubator at UWT
Nov 01, 2018
Thomas Kuljam
Veterans Incubator at UWT



Thomas Kuljam, Director of the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE)

Tom emigrated from Thailand at age 7 with his mother and brother. Tom’s mother married a US Air Force service member during the Vietnam War, and moved to the U.S., where they lived in California, Texas, and Oklahoma before putting down roots in Washington.

Immediately following high school graduation, Tom enlisted in the US Air Force and faithfully served his country for 20 years in both active duty and reserves. While in the Air Force, Tom worked as a Hydraulics and Pneudraulics Aircraft technician, specializing in the C-130, C-141, and C-17 aircraft.

While in the reserve, Tom started in his commercial banking career. After 24 years in the commercial banking industry, Tom started multiple businesses including, most recently, an insurance brokerage and business consulting firm. Tom worked mostly for the regional commercial community banks in the Puget Sound Region, helping many local businesses achieve their dreams. Tom’s experiences in the banking and financing field extend to:

Tom has devoted time and energy to multiple local boards and organizations, including:

  • International Community Health Services, Seattle, Finance Chair
  • YMCA, Chair of the Tacoma Center Advisory Board and Metro Board Member
  • Brotherhood, program mentoring high schools at Lincoln High School, Tacoma
  • Banking Specialist for the SBA's B2B program
  • Panelist for Banking Q&A sessions in the Puget Sound Region

Tom graduated from Washington State University and Western Commercial Lending School (University of Nevada, Reno).