Department of Economics

Tommy Hyde

  • Graduated: 2012
  • Field: Analyst/Consultant

Tom Hyde, who graduated with a BA in Economics in 2012, is a business consultant at HydeConsulting LLC(opens in new window), a company that he founded in 2014 in Portland, Oregon.  Hyde Consulting provides business services “with the goals of fostering entrepreneurship and facilitating sustainable growth, as well as helping to solve, or altogether prevent, problems and complications faced by businesses, in this evermore interconnected and complex global market,” according to Tom's LinkedIn(opens in new window) page. 

Tom transferred to Chico State from Montana State University(opens in new window) in 2009.  After graduation Tommy worked as a ski and snowboard technician for about a year and one-half at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. “I was in my mid 20's and trying not to let life get too serious too fast,” Tom stated in a recent email.  “I also enjoyed working in a place where my favorite recreation is part of the job. However, I knew it wouldn't be enough to satisfy my desire for critical thinking and problem solving or get me compensation to live comfortably.” 

Tom started working as a contractor with Vista Partners, also in Bend, in 2013.  After almost 2 years as a contractor, Tom opened his own business, Hyde Consulting LLC(opens in new window), in Bend, Oregon, shortly before moving to Portland, Oregon, where he is now working.  “I founded the firm to find and gain some advantages as a contracted financial analyst and consultant while working with Vista Partners and a number of small startups.”

“I also passed with high scores on my Series 3 FINRA(opens in new window) licensing exam to become a commodities futures and options broker and worked at a commodities brokerage firm, Excel Futures(opens in new window).  Unfortunately, I only worked with the company for around 2 weeks as I found that I was not satisfied by the work. This ties into my college experience, as one thing Chico State University's Department of Economics gave me was an understanding of myself and the type of environment that will allow me to reach my full potential.”

“I'm looking at moving forward into getting my Series 65(opens in new window) or 66(opens in new window) license from FINRA so I can give advice on investing and the markets, but until then I'm planning on getting back into making commentary, observations and conclusions via writing on my site and for clients on everything from the wider global economy to individual markets, both those I respect and those I have issues with, which are at the core of the whole system of the study we call economics.  I am also looking into expanding into a podcast, as I think it's probably a better format for the subject matter than a vlog unless I'm interviewing somebody.  Thinking critically about details is another lesson college taught me.”   (Last Updated 10/17/16)