Being that RealSelf is the largest online aesthetic community, it is no cakewalk to be its CEO. Tom Seery is not only CEO of this fast-growing company that has changed the face of the cosmetic surgery in the last decade. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about RealSelf’s CEO, Tom Seery.
1. He used to work for Expedia.
Seery was Director for Expedia.com for 5 years starting in July 2000. He was responsible for a lot of the practices that Expedia has adopted since his departure. Seery says that he still misses all the travel rewards. Who wouldn’t? Just know that every time you log into Expedia.com, Seery had some hand in how it now operates.
2. A little about RealSelf
Seery’s vision for RealSelf goes beyond cosmetic surgery. In the years that it’s been active, RealSelf has helped educate millions of people globally about the standards of practice and all the medical options that are available for people.
3. Yelp or Facebook comparison
RealSelf has some real pull. In fact, the company is known as the Yelp or Facebook of cosmetic surgery. The community-driven online company attracts as much as 9.3 million users each month. That’s an impressive number for such a niche industry.
4. MBA and MS
You can say that Seery is a well-educated guy. He actually has two master’s degrees. Seery has a Master of Science degree from Drexel University, and he also carries a Master of Business Administration degree from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washingotn.
5. Advisory board member
Seery serves as an advisory board member for his alma mater’s Buerck Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington. He’s been serving as advisory board member since January 2017. The Buerck Center for Entrepreneurship helps students achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.
6. Resurge International
Started in the 60s by Dr. Donald Laub, the vision of Resurge International, then Interplasty, was to provide reconstructive surgery to those in need at developing countries, completely free of charge. This is the first international humanitarian organization of its kind, and Seery happens to be a member of the organization’s board of directors.
7. The idea for RealSelf
Sometimes you can never really know when a genius idea is going to hit or whether the next grand idea will actually stick. Seery got the idea for RealSelf one day when his wife had difficulty finding information about something as common now as a laser treatment. One thing led to another and before he knew it, his idea is changing lives all over the world. It has also changed his life. While he had a good thing going on at Expedia.com, nothing could compare to finally being able to own his own legitimate online company.
8. AMWC 2017
Seery was one of the guest speakers for the 15th Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine World Congress, which was held in Monte Carlo. The event featured the world’s leading experts on the latest and best in the field. For his presentation, Seery created a global report on the kinds of cosmetic surgeries people are asking for today. His presentation and report outlined the most popular cosmetic questions and cosmetic trends all over the world.
9. Good leadership
This is really hard to come by, and the employees of RealSelf might be in luck. Not only do they feel that Tom is a great leader; the rest of management happens to be great as well. According to some accounts, Tom’s vision for his company goes beyond just profit. He is down to earth and extremely knowledgeable in his field. There is a culture in RealSelf that works for the company and its employees, and the foundation of it all is just basic and regular communication.
10. Gender gap
RealSelf has been in the news lately because of an achievement that not many companies can boast of today. Famous employment website Glassdoor.com recently acknowledged RealSelf for having zero gender gap within employee wages. That’s certainly a feat for such a small company, and it’s something that RealSelf has been working actively towards for a little while now. Seery is very proud of this achievement, and he very well should be.
Written by Garrett Parker
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