Tom Decker is the Founder and Principal of Hickory Creek Consulting (HCC). HCC specializes in domestic and international cooperative development, board work (including strategic planning and training), leadership and management training, ethical decision-making and conflict transformation. HCC also brings values-based thought leadership solutions for businesses and social enterprises seeking to advance social impact through good citizenship practices. Tom is currently enrolled as a full-time student in the Master of Divinity Program (with an emphasis on Peace and Justice) at the Earlham School of Religion where he is a Cooper Scholar.
Tom was the Director of Domestic Cooperative Development at the National Cooperative Business Association from April 2011 until January 2015. He was responsible for managing all grant and contract programs within the Cooperative Development portfolio, leading the national initiative for organizing and advising regional cooperative business associations, new business development, and cooperative community relations.
From 2006 to 2010, Tom served as the National Program Director of the Credit Union Center for Social Impact Management at the National Credit Union Foundation. In that role, he led the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program and Social Impact Management Institute, which focused on training credit union staff and volunteers about cooperative principles and values, credit union philosophy and development, social responsibility, and their business applications in today’s world.
Prior to his work with NCUF, Tom was the Director of Executive Development for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA.) His programs included the Leadership Development Institute, Executive Boot Camp, Community Development Credit Union Institute, Certified Executive Program, and the CUNA Management School.
Tom’s bachelors’ degrees in sociology and religious studies were awarded by Ball State University in Indiana, and a master’s degree in student development by Indiana University. He attended the Dispute Resolution Program at Hamline University’s School of Law, he is a certified mediator. Tom is also an International Credit Union Development Educator (I-CUDE) with designations earned in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and the Caribbean.
Tom has been a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program in El Salvador, working the coffee, cashew and organic vegetable cooperatives. He is currently one of the co-editors at the Co-op Water Cooler website and serves on the board of directors for the Indiana Cooperative Development Center. He also continues to serve the Caribbean Credit Union Development Educator Program whenever possible.