More than 40 years of
clients and students
Steve Toms is fortunate to work with a select and growing
family of clients and academic institutions that appreciate
quality marketing communications.
This year, he celebrates having taught more than
undergraduate and graduate students. They consistently
rate him in the top 1% of top/best professors in their
Steve works with all types of
organizations, from non-profit
institutions to worldwide multi-national corporations.
critical thinking skills
integrates proven marketing strategies
Client seminars and classroom instruction
latest computer and presentation technologies.
His PowerPoint Master Classes show others
how to structure and deliver information to keep
audiences turned on, and tuned in.
Currently, he is working in several
at MD Anderson Cancer Center, coaching
and students how to better organize
complex research data. He's a recurring
on behalf of the MD Anderson Postdoc Association.
Steve is a communications coach for
enrolled in the University of Texas MBA+ program
in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
He currently serves on the faculties of
and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
He is also a frequent
speaker at local, state, and
Business and education require
a global perspective
Steve has a true grasp of what it takes to do business
He holds a Diploma of
Hispanic Studies from the University of Barcelona (Spain),
a Masters of
International Management from the American Graduate School (Arizona),
and post-graduate studies at the University of New South Wales in
double major at The Ohio State University was Spanish
During his senior year, he worked as a producer/director for instructional television.
He has taught English and Marketing to
visiting government dignitaries,
business leaders, and student groups from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Japan, Spain,
France, and Scotland.
To build a quality academic
you have to recruit the best students
Steve initiated and grew an undergraduate marketing
at one of Houston's
Working closely with a faculty
colleague, he researched
equivalency courses at local
designed custom 2+2 Program brochures
making it easy for students to transfer into his
When Steve switched to part-time teaching to
Steve is currently a communications coach
University of Texas MBA+ Program in Austin, Dallas,
He shares PowerPoint skills and tips on
and at campus-sponsored workshops.
pro to successful entrepreneur
Steve has been fortunate
to work with top advertising agencies in Chicago,
and Columbus (Ohio). For more than a decade,
on numerous packaged goods
and service industry accounts,
such as the Ohio State Fair, Kentucky Fried Chicken,
Amateur Athletic Unon, and Phillips Petroleum.
In 1991, he formed
ProComm, a consultancy dedicated to the fine art of
business communications which now operates under stevetoms.net.
There are no rewards for efforts,
only for results
Steve feels that
one of most challenging aspects
of working with first-time clients
and new students is overcoming their resistance to change.
A simple axiom says: If you do what you
did, you'll get what you got. To that, Steve adds:
Less is more, but presentation matters most.
Steve has the unique
ability to break down barriers keeping others
from realizing their true potential.
He believes that when you
begin communicating from the point of view of your reader or audience,
a major shift takes place.
At the start of the Clinton
the Associated Press ran a story featuring
postcard of Socks, the presidential cat
a punctuation error
and wrote a short note
to The White House.
“Is there a remote
possibility that your printer erred
in placing the end quotation marks for 'First Cat'?
There are situations when they should be placed inside,
such as the question mark above. In this case, invoke
the ProComm axiom whenever quotations appear on either
side of a period or comma: When in doubt, put them out.
That way, your client's response will be ‘purr-fect.’”
a week later, Steve got a call from
Advisor Roger Goldblatt,
for assistance in correcting
the remainder of Clinton's presidency, Socks sent
postcards (shown here).
Postscript: On February 20,
2009, Socks passed away. He
was 18 years old (almost 88 in human years).
Socks had moved into the
Maryland home of Betty Currie, President Clinton's
secretary after the Clintons left the White House in 2001.
know Ms. Currie gave Socks much love
and a great home, and trust
the posting above keeps alive
the tremendous joy that Socks gave to those who wrote to him.