Tom Melton is Vice President: M&A / Strategic Planning at Pritchard Industries, Inc. Prior to this, he worked with Encourage Capital’s water team and also reviewed direct deals in environmentally-focused investment opportunities. Tom joined Encourage Capital after receiving his M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management with additional coursework at the Yale School of Forestry and the Yale Law School. Prior to business school, Tom worked for American Capital – a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts, and he began his career in M&A Investment Banking at Wachovia Securities and Lazard. Tom received his B.A. in Economics and Commerce from Hampden-Sydney College, and he completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics. Tom is a founding director of Tumaini, Inc., a non- profit organization focused on secondary education in east Africa.