EMBRACING CHALLENGING & COMPLEX ENDEAVORS
Shiboomi was founded in 2003 by two partners with diverse expertise and backgrounds. Gary Woolf was the CEO of Woolf Associates, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing firms with a prominente clientele spanning most major sport and entertainment sectors. Tom Fidel was a Captain in the US Marine Corps specializing in military operations, tactics, and strategy as well as leadership training.
Mr. Woolf and Mr. Fidel united with the vision to create a new company with the mission of using their innovative, broad-ranging expertise and relationships to assist companies and organizations in corporate and executive development across many sectors and industries. Over the years Shiboomi's has built a leadership team of seasoned international experts as well as a comprehensive network of corporate partners in various business sectors and fields which allows Shiboomi to execute across a multitude of business endeavors around the world.
Gary Woolf, Founder & CEO
Strategy, Management, & Leadership Consulting, Strategic Opportunities, & Investment Banking & Growth Capital
Mr. Woolf is the Co-Founder & CEO of Shiboomi LLC. He is also a Managing Director of Charles Towne Securities, a firm that provides M&A, Private Placements, and other Financial Advisory services to companies located worldwide. Mr. Woolf has over 35 years of experience in leadership and entrepreneurial roles. He has executed the Chief Executive position in enterprises in various industries including sports and entertainment, biotech, infrastructure project development, consumer products, as well the founder and CEO of a holistic medical center.
Mr. Woolf began his professional career as a sports agent for Bob Woolf Associates which was one of the leading sports and entertainment representation and marketing firms of its time. The firm represented over 1,000 professional athletes and entertainers over its life cycle in contract negotiations. In addition, the company had a literary agency as well as business management and investment divisions. At the age of 18, Mr. Woolf created his own business venture within the firm, representing NBA basketball players in their European efforts. By the age of 20, he had negotiated contracts in the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball. After graduating from Harvard University in 1987, he began taking on business development efforts for the firm, helping the company grow into new areas of business. In addition, at this time, as a result of personally experiencing the challenges that come with business success at a young age, Mr. Woolf began pursuing an education and training in the fields of Chinese medicine, Tai Qi, Qi Gong, and Taoist meditation to develop tools to balance the stresses and challenges that come with taking on leadership positions in the business world.
During Mr. Woolf’s tenure with Woolf Associates the firm co-founded the Champions Sports Bar concept with the Marriott Corporation. It was during this time that Mr. Woolf was first exposed to corporate finance & M&A as the firm's investment division not only managed the money of the firm's clients but also helped advise many of the firm's celebrity clients on investments they were pursuing in new companies and ventures as well as companies of their own that the firm's clients started. After his father's death in 1993, Mr. Woolf took over as CEO of the company and ran Woolf Associates through the sale of the company.
Mr. Woolf went on to found Shiboomi LLC. As CEO of Shiboomi, Mr. Woolf has helped build many companies in a variety of industries around the world. He has been the founder of various companies and projects and over the years led in raising the challenging Seed, pre-development and Series A funding rounds for these companies and projects. Mr. Woolf has a deep expertise in the formation and execution of corporate strategy and vision. Additionally, because of his eclectic background, training, and experience, he has a unique mindset and approach to assist business executives and leaders in balancing their personal and business growth challenges.
Mr. Woolf is a cum laude graduate of Harvard University (’87 Economics). He is also a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture. Mr. Woolf enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and young companies and has served over the years as a mentor at the MassChallenge, a judge for the Big Booster International Startups Accelerator Program, a judge for the MIT CHIEF Business Plan contest, and a mentor for the Rice Business Plan contest.
Mr. Woolf is a Registered Investment Banking Representative and holds FINRA Series 79 and Series 63 licenses with Charles Towne Securities, LLC to raise capital for emerging growth companies. He is also conversational in Mandarin Chinese.
Tom Fidel, Founder & President, Shiboomi
Leadership, Management, & Strategy Consulting; Growth, Transition, & Crisis Navigation; Strategy Consulting; & Strategic Opportunities
Mr. Fidel is the Co-Founder and the President of Shiboomi LLC. He heads Shiboomi’s strategic initiatives as well as the company’s leadership training practice. At the corporate and organization level, he focuses on developing leadership and management strategies and strengthening and maximizing efficiencies in each company's team, team dynamics, and internal elements to support growth and expansion and guide companies through transitions. At the individual level, Mr. Fidel specializes in helping high performance individuals cultivate personal insight and strength to achieve their goals.
Mr. Fidel is also the Founder & CEO of Fidel Leadership Consulting, and has been advising, training, and counseling CEOs, celebrities, corporate executives, and high performance individuals through leadership challenges for the past 2 decades. He also organizes and lectures at leadership seminars and conferences across the US for corporations, institutions, and high performance individuals. Mr. Fidel developed his expertise as a former Captain in the Marine Corps. where he specialized in counter-terrorism, human intelligence, and strategic planning.
Mr. Fidel focuses mostly on Shiboomi's Management Consulting, Leadership Training, Crisis Navigation, Strategy Consulting, and Strategic Opportunities services. For Shiboomi’s clients, Mr. Fidel focuses on developing leadership and management strategies and strengthening and maximizing efficiencies in each company's team, team dynamics, and internal elements to support growth and expansion and guide companies through transitions.
Mr. Fidel has held numerous Board positions over the years for both US and international companies and is currently serves as a Board Member of InSchoolbus, Inc. Mr. Fidel holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and he holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership.