Honorary Board of Directors

Thomas F. Puckett

Chairman, HPC Puckett and Company

Thomas F. Puckett is the founder, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer and is located in the Rancho Santa Fe, California office of HPC Puckett & Company. He is responsible for the strategic development and overall management of the Firm's business. Having completed approximately 500 transactions in his career, Mr. Puckett is involved in every aspect of the Firm's representation of client's mergers & acquisitions, debt capital formation and financial advisory engagements.

Mr. Puckett formed HPC Puckett & Company in September, 1983. Prior to starting the Firm, Mr. Puckett headed his own law practice in Topeka, Kansas and from 1977 to 1983 specialized in mergers and acquisitions coupled with an emphasis in specialized taxation. During that time Mr. Puckett completed dozens of transactions including numerous specialty engagements in the areas of cable television and optical retail and manufacturing. In 1987 Mr. Puckett relocated to the San Diego area and there opened the Firm's corporate office that same year. That transition expanded the Firm's activities to a national presence and has resulted in HPC Puckett & Company being one of the United States leading privately held communications investment banks and the exclusive optical manufacturing, supply and distribution investment bank, currently serving clients worldwide.

In addition to his financial expertise, Mr. Puckett is recognized by both the cable television and optical industries as an industry leader. In 2003 Mr. Puckett was inducted into the Cable Television Pioneers, was a past member of the Board and is an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of The Cable Center, maintaining an active role therein. Mr. Puckett founded the Optical Pioneers organization, was a 2011 inductee into the Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame and continues to be active in the Optical Laboratories Association as a member of the Advisory Board, Chairman of the Optical Pioneers committee and a frequent speaker and panelist at the OLA annual meetings.

Mr. Puckett received a Bachelor's degree in business administration, with emphasis in accounting from Washburn University in 1974, and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1977. In 1994 he was recognized as only the second Alumni Fellow for the Washburn University School of Business. In addition he has participated on multiple occasions at Washburn University in a guest lecture capacity as well as an adjunct professor in the School of Business teaching corporate entities from 1980 to 1982.