Account Executive / Project Manager
Tom is an extremely detail oriented and compassionate leader and career coach. I had the pleasure of working with Tom for the past few months during a recent career change. His understanding of the skills and networking it takes to land the perfect career and position is second to none. After speaking and meeting with other career coaches, I knew Tom would be the one I wanted to work with from my initial phone call and up until the time I accepted and started a new career!
February 22, 2015, Brian was Thomas’s client
Senior Human Resources Executive
I have had the pleasure of knowing and conducting business with Tom Wharton for many years. Tom is the owner and Managing Partner for his firm OI Partners. Over the years, OI Partners has provided top quality and professional HR services for me in my capacity as Vice President of Human Resources for BCBSRI, including outplacement, leadership coaching and training/development programs. Tom’s experience, professionalism and his personalized customer service focus enhance the quality of his programs and provide a rich experience for his clients. HR services such as outplacement require a personalized touch. Tom understands this where other organizations do not and that’s what sets him apart. I have personally known Tom to be a person with strong moral character and high integrity. I would give Tom and OI Partners my highest recommendation
October 18, 2013, Eric was Thomas’s client
Construction Manager at Highland Homes
Thomas is an extremely knowledgeable career coach who gives you the information you need to yield results. I would work with Mr. Wharton again and recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in need of a fresh set of objective eyes.
May 10, 2013, Gary A. was Thomas’s client
Outreach Manager at LogistiCare
Tom’s knowledge and advice were very helpful during a recent job transition. His constructive feedback and support enabled me to identify strengths and be more strategic in my job hunting approach. I’m grateful that my former employer provided job placement services and that I had the opportunity to meet and work with Tom and his staff.
April 19, 2013, Sandra was Thomas’s client
Sales Manager at Glassdoor
Tom was a pleasure to work with. I came to him, looking for a career change, and he provided me with the insight and practices necessary to accomplish that goal. He taught me how to network, and how to continually utilize this skill throughout life.
January 28, 2013, Ryan was Thomas’s client
Human Resource Assistant at Care New England
I have been a client of Tom’s as he has been helping me with my transition to explore new job opportunities. He is the essence of professionalism. His suggestions and advice have been invaluable. The skills he has provided me will surely help me in my job search. Many thanks to Tom and his office for all of the help.
September 10, 2012, Carol was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Principal at Medici Consulting Services, Inc
Tom is a high-integrity person and a truly outstanding professional. He is a great listener and provides thoughtful, results-oriented guidance. I often reference his suggestions and recommendations. I am fortunate to be able to count on him as a colleague and a friend.
May 22, 2012, Chris was Thomas’s client
Vice President/General Manager at Hall Communications Inc.
Tom’s executive coaching skills are second to none. I had the opportunity to work with Tom over a three month period this year. Our initial meetings gave me a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a manager. We then went to work to address areas that could be improved. I now feel I can better communicate with my employees which has lead to a more productive workplace environment
December 10, 2013, Tom was Thomas’s client
Director Program Integrity Fraud/Waste and Abuse at WellPoint
Tom is extremely personable and easy to work with. He and his staff do a great job helping people transition from their former employer to a new career or position. Their resume and interview preparation techniques are “spot on” in highlighting one’s strengths, skills, and accomplishments for prospective employers.
December 9, 2011, Jeremy was Thomas’s client
Experienced communications, social media, events & marketing director, specializing in non-profit management
Tom is such a pleasure to work with and truly cares about the community he’s part of! He has been a mentor for youth in our organization for countless years, and his dedication and passion to the cause of mentoring is boundless. He is an expert at using social media and I’ve enjoyed working with him and wouldn’t hesitate to send people his way to talk business – in fact …
May 3, 2011, Amy B. was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
I have known Tom for about 6 years. I have come to know him as a professional and a friend. He helps people during difficult times in their career/ lives. He conducts himself in a professional manner and really takes pride in what he does. He also gives back to the community through various organizations such as RI Mentoring, making a difference in a child’s life. He has actually recruited me to mentor as well. I have not hesitated to recommend his services.
February 8, 2011, Robert was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Senior IT Developer at Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
Thomas provides expert career transition advise for his clients. He and the OI Partners/Lifocus team are truly great “partners”. Thomas has provided helpful content (for which he is often the author), workshops, links to applicable articles and a variety of online How-To tools and techniques. Thomas has also provided the physical space for his clients to freely associate with each other. This positive environment proves to be invaluable during the framing of future career direction
November 8, 2010, Thomas was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Senior Advisor at CVS Caremark Corporation
Tom has provided me with customized feedback that has already proven extremely valuable as I proceed with my career search. His insight into the hiring process is spot on.
I’ve also heard terrific feedback from one of my MBA professors about Tom. He’s been working with Tom for years and highly recommends his services.
September 21, 2010, Sharon was Thomas’s client
Experienced Healthcare Professional
“Tom is extremely professional, as well as very knowledgeable within his field of expertise. Tom and his agency have proven to be very helpful during the career transition process. Their service enables an individual to approach a job search with a logical, systematic methodogy that is both relevant and structured. Tom is a very good listener, as well as flexible and available to his clients.
September 21, 2010, Jeannine was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Principal at Exceeda Consulting, Inc.
I have had the honor to work with Tom over the past few years. He has impeccable ethics, high integrity and can trusted to get things done. Tom is a very talented career counselor and executive coach with great sourcing skills and a deep understanding of candidate motivations. His commitment to his clients and their goals is unmatched. Tom is a true leader in the HR community and I am proud to have had the chance to work with him and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again
September 19, 2010, Tom was Thomas’s client
Managing Director-Parallel Partner, Luxury Sector Business Development
“I tend to gravitate toward executives & businesspeople that are able to handle global corporate issues & yet have the skill set & compassion to deal with down to earth one on one problems. Tom is one of those people. He can speak in front of a Fortune 500 group in the morning on outplacement choices & sit down with a local executive contemplating a career move in the afternoon. He knows his business and is always willing to help
September 17, 2010, John was Thomas’s client
at HealthCare Focus & Solutions
Tom Wharton is an expert in the area of outplacement services and job counseling. He is personable, experienced, and results orientated. Most importantly, he is supportive of his clients, and at the same time realistic. In his work with clients, he does not dwell on the past, but looks toward the future in providing assistance to those who are in a difficult chapter in their lives.
September 16, 2010, Michael was Thomas’s client
SVP of Community Engagement at RI Mentoring Partnership
“Tom is a dedicated, caring individual who goes out of his way to make a positive change in the community. He has served as a volunteer mentor for the RI Mentoring Partnership for close to fifteen years and has been an exemplary role model to the youth with whom he has worked. He also goes above and beyond to support our organization through public speaking engagements, fundraising events and serving on various committees. Tom is always giving of himself to help others and is one of our agency’s most valued partners!”
September 15, 2010, Arlene was with another company when working with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Director of Brand Management at New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium
Tom and his team of career coaches at OI Partners-Lifocus provide result based advice and guidance to job seekers. Techniques proven to work in even the tightest of job markets. Tom’s passion and commitment to his clients come through in his personal hands on approach. I believe the advice and guidance I have received working with Tom puts me at a competitive advantage in more ways than one!
September 15, 2010, Brian was Thomas’s client
Owner, DiGennaro & Palumbo, LLP
My relationship with Tom spans about 20 years, during which I have been his accountant and tax advisor, but more importantly, we have become close friends and colleagues over that time. I’ve witnessed the start up and growth of his business which was made possible by the passion and hard work that Tom puts into his business every day. His professionalism, personalized service and attention to detail makes it very easy for me to refer business to Tom. Clients that I have referred to him are all impressed with the value of his services and the manner in which they were treated. I would highly recommend Tom and O/I Partners/Lifocus
September 15, 2010, Richard was a consultant or contractor to Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Independent Business Rep at Lyoness Management Americas, Inc.
Tom and I have known each other for over four years on both a personal and business level—I can attest that Tom has strong industry knowledge, an old fashioned work ethic and most importantly truly cares about people. He is a straight shooter and you cannot go wrong with working with Tom.
September 15, 2010, Arthur was a consultant or contractor to Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Human Resources Management
I’ve worked with Tom over the years in a number of HR-related capacities. Tom is able to balance the needs of the business with the needs of the employees to whom he is providing services. I have great respect and admiration for the work Tom does–often under difficult circumstances. I highly recommend him to you.
September 14, 2010, David was Thomas’s client
Quality Assurance Engineer at Chamilia
It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Tom at OI Partners. Tom is expert at helping clients and companies through transition situations and knows all those nuances that make the big difference in attaining success. He has great interpersonal skills and relates well to the specific needs of the client and mentors them to maximize their assets. He has a passion for this work and it shows – he gave me some great insight into things I needed to do. I would highly recommend Tom and OI Partners to any company facing downsizing issues or people who are going through transition. You don’t know what you don’t know in this area, but Tom Knows!
August 27, 2010, Norman worked indirectly for Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Owner – Sales Mgr., Arrest-A-Pest, Inc.
I have known Thomas for many years. Not only as a client. He has been very active in the community. Notably, his involvement with the local chamber of commerce and several community organizations. His willingness to give back to the community is proof to me of his admirable character. I would certainly recommend Thomas if anyone is seeking his professional services.
June 28, 2010, Paul was a consultant or contractor to Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Business Operations Manager at New Balance
I have known Tom for many years and have worked for Tom directly for two companies. He is an inspirational leader and a leader that creates an atmosphere built on autonomy, integrity, accountability, and superior customer experience. Tom’s success in the business sector has transcended into a very successful business in the private sector. His business experience coupled with his community involvement and charitable work have built a solid foundation for Tom as a mentor and coach. I would highly recommend Tom to any individual, company or organization looking to associate themselves with a true professional!
April 23, 2010, Peter reported to Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Professional Speaker, Trainer,Certified Success Coach, Attractionpreneur™
Tom is passionate about working in the field of outplacement. Having had the experience of being laid off himself at one point, Tom has built an outplacement business that is a true source of information and assistance when job searching. Having worked with Tom on various projects I find him to be focused, detailed and generous with his time. He understands the stress that comes with a job search and does everything within his power to assist his client.
December 9, 2009, Terry worked directly with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
VP of Human Resources for NA at AMTROL Inc.
I have received excellent responses from all employees who lost their jobs and worked with Tom regarding Outplacement Services. Each employee would call me and say “thank you” for referring them to him.
I have been with my company “AMTROL Inc” for over 40 years and he is one of the best contacts and consultants I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with.
April 1, 2008, Mike was Thomas’s client
Human Resources Professional
Thomas is a dedicated outplacement professional who cares about each client’s job search process. He does not hesitate to share his expertise and personal to help the client. He is also committed to growing his business to benefit companies in retaining their current employees.
March 31, 2008, Renee reported to Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
Operations Officer, Transatlantic Division, US Army Corps of Engineers
I worked with Tom Wharton in the midst of a job search in 2007. Tom was a terrific resource for referrals, resume preparation, and guidance throughout several interviews. I found his counsel consistently well grounded and practical. His depth of knowledge in every aspect of the search process is exceptional, and I would recommend his services without reservation.
March 29, 2008, Thomas was Thomas’s client
Inside Sales Representative / Account Support at PatrolPC a division of Advanced Electronic Design Inc
Tom possess a natural ability to deal with people. Consistantly developed a high level of employee motivation and loyalty, with emphasis on customer service.
Responded to situations immediately, decisively and with sound judgment. Maintained composure and control under pressure. Successful background with sales results, training and supervisory management.
March 29, 2008, Philip worked directly with Thomas at Lifocus, Inc.
I have used Tom’s service in the past and I must say it was a great process. Tom helped me identify the qualities of my ideal position. As a result I was able to come up with a near perfect match in my next job. Give Tom a call, it is a good investment of your time.
March 28, 2008, Bob was Thomas’s client
Commercial Energy Solutions Rep at Superior Plus Energy Services
Tom is a great mentor who keeps his clients focused on their career search goals. He is patient, caring, and always professional. He will stick with a client throughout the career search process, with encouragement and advice, until their goals are achieved.
March 28, 2008, Michael was Thomas’s client
Appraiser at Paul E Clancy Appraisals
I met Thomas at a time in my life when I had no direction. Tom helped me focus on my qualities and interests, and directed me towards job opportunities that were in line with these characteristics. I have remained friends with Tom well after our contract time had expired, and I feel I could count on Tom anytime for an unofficial “follow-up”. In a way, Tom is still a role model for my own personal career: to identifiy what I’m good at, what I want, and how to achieve it. Tom gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received: if you love what you do, you will succeed in the end.
March 28, 2008, Paul was Thomas’s client
Dr. Maria Lenaz
Medical Director at WellPoint
I have had the pleasure of working with Tom in a collaborative working partnership as a client , He provided the most compassionate and personalized service during a time of corporate outplacement and career management and coaching. He has exceptional listening skills and is extremely effective in responding to one’s needs which ultimately led to a successful career transition. His ability to communicate in such a personal and genuine manner is one of his unique qualities. He takes his role very seriously and has a passion for his work. His compassion for people and ability to connect with others is very much a part of their success
March 27, 2008, Maria was Thomas’s client
“THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. IT WAS THE STRATEGY DEVELOPED BY OI-PARTNERS – LIFOCUS THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE.”
• International Director
“THE ENTREPRENEURIAL COUNSELING BY THE TEAM AT OI-PARTNERS – LIFOCUS PROVIDED NOT ONLY THE TOOLS, BUT ALSO THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND REINFORCEMENT THAT STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.”
• Former Vice President of Operations
“MY ANTICIPATED JOB SEARCH TIME WAS CUT IN HALF THANKS TO THE JOB LEADS OBTAINED THROUGH OI-PARTNERS – LIFOCUS.”
‘WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW OPPORTUNITY RON IS EMBARKING ON AND WANT TO EXPRESS OUR SINCERE THANKS TO OI-PARTNERS – LIFOCUS FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS AND SUPPORT. WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATE ALL YOU’VE DONE.”
• Wife, Corporate Quality Assurance Mgr.