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Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes

Plank Industries

Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes

Tom Geddes took a nontraditional path to become the CEO of Plank Industries, the family investment company of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. Geddes was raised near London and came to the U.S. in 1996 at 18 years old as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied history.

After graduation, he spent a year teaching at a private school in Seattle and then returned to England for graduate school at the University of Cambridge before moving to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University for more graduate school.

He taught high school and college courses before moving into nonprofit management and, eventually, wealth management. In 2012, Geddes was trying to interest Plank in his firm’s services and Plank offered Geddes a job. Geddes founded KDP Investments, which was later renamed Plank Industries.

“(Plank said) ‘I have ideas about things I’d like to do and the impact I’d like to have on Baltimore, but I can’t divert my attention from Under Armour to do it,’ ” Geddes said in a 2017 interview.

Geddes said he’s learned that adaptability and people skills are critical for leaders.

“You have to be able to react to unforeseen circumstances, and above all else, relate to other people to get their best work,” he said. “The further you go in life, the more your challenges become interpersonal. You have to be surrounded by the right people and you have to have relationships with those people for them to follow you and buy into your mission.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Influential Marylanders awards.

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