Tom is the Chief Operating Officer of SmartFi which he co-founded with a vision to empower users by explaining the confusing nature of cryptocurrencies to a broad audience and making the modern tools of wealth generation accessible to all.
Before SmartFi Tom Retson spent 23 years with GE Nuclear Energy which provided the foundation for Mr. Retson's move later as founder of EnergyPath Corporation, an energy-focused consultancy supporting clients worldwide. Joining GE upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS degree in nuclear engineering, Tom completed multiyear engineering assignments before assuming progressively more responsible U.S., European and Asian market positions, most recently as Group Executive for GE Nuclear electric utility customers in the northeastern U.S.
As U.S. electric markets began restructuring, this extensive industry background has allowed Tom to help numerous energy market clients with project management, business analysis, and strategic decision support. Notably among these activities was supporting the introduction of nuclear power technology to the government of Abu Dhabi UAE and project team development for the 4 Unit Barakah nuclear power plant now beginning commercial operation.
In 2004, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy 2010 program, Mr. Retson/EnergyPath formed and led a diverse team of technical, business, licensing, and financial experts in a comprehensive feasibility study of new nuclear generation in Texas. The resulting report has been applied as a principal input to new reactor development projects in Texas and supported the evaluation of several.
Tom Retson has similarly led global market analysis and business strategy development efforts for a number of nuclear plant, fuel technology, reactor services, and nuclear instrumentation firms. In a related area, Tom has been particularly active with international nuclear fuel technology development clients.
As cofounder and COO, Tom has actively led site development and technology selection within Blue Castle Holdings and most recently, with the fast expanding Block Chain technology and crypto currency related financial services markets, Tom cofounded PowerBlockCoin LLC/SmartFi.
Tom and his family make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina