3500 Barrancas Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32507
Tom is an avid offshore sailor. Starting in 1975 when he purchased a Laser sailboat and joined the Mussel Shoals Sailing Club in Northwest Alabama, Tom and Carol serially owned and O’Day 19’ daysailer, a 36’ Catalina coaster cruiser, a 33’ Hans Christian offshore sailboat, and in 1998 built a custom Shannon 43’ cutter rig sailboat.
In 2000 while planning a transatlantic crossing the Patterson’s collaborated with Shannon Yachts to design and build a custom 52’ Shannon ketch rig configured for sailing across oceans. With twenty-five years sailing experience and through the eyes of a mechanical engineer, Tom had a pretty good idea of what he and Carol desired in a yacht that was sea worthy, outfitted with proper mechanical, electrical, plumbing and rigging.
In 2001 the project was completed. The 52’ ketch was commissioned as Satori and began her voyages with Tom as captain and son Peter as first mate. With Carol’s assistance as voyage planner and logistician they sailed eastward from Newport, Rhode Island across the Atlantic to Bermuda and the Azores, on to Portugal, returning to Pensacola, Florida by way of the Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, and he Caribbean Islands from St Lucia to the Virgin Islands.
Combining his sailing hobby with business, Tom and Carol funded a hull development project with Shannon Yachts to develop a new powerboat hull shape that resulted in two prototype boats that they owned and tested in Pensacola Bay and surrounding waters. The successful hull development project resulted in a new line of fuel-efficient power boats that Shannon Yachts designated SHOAL CRUZER’S.
Tom has a long history as a self-starter, a hard worker and a visionary entrepreneur, all starting with his paper route at age 11. This propelled him through public schools where he earned numerous scholarships to The University of Alabama. Earning a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, he transitioned from a design engineer to technical sales and marketing.
Over a 10-year period, Tom sold computers and software in the niche markets of simulation, process control, space exploration, military applications, and healthcare. From there he launched a stream of technical companies spanning 40 years, culminating with his first attempt at retirement and moving to Pensacola, Florida in 2010.
For the past ten years, Tom and Carol have focused on angel investing and mentoring young entrepreneurs in the finer points of sales and marketing. Through the member companies that join Tocaro Blue at his shared workspace facility in Pensacola— the JettyIOT.com — Tom wants to combine his enjoyment of mentoring with the thrill of seeing small, entrepreneurial companies prosper.
Tom is active as an advisory board member at The University of Alabama with the Crimson Tide Foundation, the Blackburn Institute, the College of Engineering Leadership Board and is an honorary member of the A Club and the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. Tom is also active in the community outreach Children’s Center program at St John’s Episcopal Church and the outreach programs of the PYC Satori Foundation in Pensacola.
Tristan comes to Tocaro Blue from the SyTech Corporation where he worked after retiring from the navy as their director of military programs. He managed Department of Defense sales and technological development to support Special Operations communication capabilities. SyTech programs involved development of high tech equipment/software to increase operational relevance and effect.
In his career as a SEAL,Tristan served as the Surface Systems Program Manager leading a diverse 53-person team while managing cost, schedule, and performance for nine combatant craft programs totaling over $450M. Tristan was responsible for developing and fielding two new Special Operations Craft Hull forms and Operationalizing a third experimental hull form. Developments included Stealth, Shock Mitigation, Offensive & Defensive weapons systems, Electronics, Propulsion, and hydrodynamic efficiency.
As the Chief Program Analysis & Evaluations Division & Special Programs Assessment Director Special Operations Command, Tristan led a team of five executives and 235 program civilian and military managers developing the US Special Operations Command’s annual Program Objective Memorandum. That’s a five-year, $67B+ program and resource allocation proposal for the 73,000+ person organization. He concurrently led, managed, and resourced $4.5B+ annually recurring program to support all aspects of sensitive special activities required to organize, train, and equip no-fail forces.
Tristan has not only commanded at every level within the Naval Special Warfare community, but also lead an international joint combined team of over 350 US/Polish and military, civilian, and Department of State personnel in Afghanistan's most kinetic and dynamic combat environment where he mentored the Provincial Governor, 19 Sub-Governors, 36 Line Ministers. He reported to the US Ambassador in Afghanistan.
Carol spent 15 years with CIGNA companies. Her last position with CIGNA was Director of Provider Relations for the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. She then worked for Auburn Systems as CFO and Marketing Director. Auburn Systems was a start-up MIS time share company for Healthplans. It was the first company to have a recurring revenue model in healthcare and was based in Dallas, Texas.
She and Tom then started TXEN in Dallas and moved the headquarters to Birmingham, AL. TXEN provided MIS services to Third Party Administrators also on a recurring revenue model. She and Tom sold that company in 1998. The next company the couple started was DAXKO, and now Tocaro Blue and The Jetty IoT.
Boating is in Carol’s blood. She and Tom serially owned an O’Day 19’ daysailer, a 36’ Catalina coastal cruiser, a 33’ Hans Christian offshore sailboat, and in 1998 built a custom Shannon 43’ cutter rig sailboat.
In 2000 while planning a transatlantic crossing the Patterson’s collaborated with Shannon Yachts to design and build a custom 52’ Shannon ketch rig configured for sailing across oceans. In 2001 the project was completed. The 52’ ketch was commissioned as Satori and began her voyages with Tom as captain and son Peter as first mate.
With Carol’s assistance as voyage planner and logistician they sailed eastward from Newport, Rhode Island across the Atlantic to Bermuda and the Azores, on to Portugal, returning to Pensacola, Florida by way of the Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, and the Caribbean Islands from St Lucia to the Virgin Islands.
For the past ten years, Carol and Tom have focused on angel investing and mentoring young entrepreneurs in the finer points of sales and marketing with the member companies that join The Jetty IoT at the shared workspace facility in Pensacola—
Carol and Tom enjoy their home in Pensacola and their family in Birmingham, AL and Jacksonville, FL. Carol is actively involved as an advisory board member of the Blackburn Institute at the University of Alabama. She volunteers at the PYC Satori Foundation and at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pensacola.
Jared is an experienced project manager, team manager, and sales and marketing executive. After graduating from University of Alabama Birmingham he worked in the non-profit sector with Habitat for Humanity, where he developed and implemented new programs as well as recruited and managed over 15,000 volunteers worldwide.
Jared earned his Master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Sports Business Management. Before, during and after grad school he worked for the University of Alabama Athletic Department including working directly with the Alabama Football program.
For more than 17 years, he has been helping companies drive their vision and strategy from a product and engineering direction with a deep focus on business and client needs, as well as developing new businesses and product innovation.He has worked for companies like Google, Magic Leap, Globant and other technology first companies.
He has been deeply involved in building, coaching and mentoring technology teams; managing product development, software development processes, development operations and systems design. Helping companies navigate the growth and needs from early stage startups to enterprises for scalability, maturity and process optimizations. Managing small teams of 5 all the way up to around 100 technologists.
Data and analytics is in his DNA and core of everything he does, fiercely enthusiastic about data collection and consumption for better decision making, driving strategic priorities and guiding results based on data.
Dangerously obsessed with UI/UX design, development and visualization technologies for better distribution, consumption and understanding of data.
Alex loves sailing and being on the water. Dreams of being able to sail across the Atlantic soon!
Originally from Argentina, has lived in the US for more than 12 years as well as a short time in Dublin, Ireland. Fluent in Spanish, English and basic French.
Immediately upon finishing his degree studies, Ed became a managing partner in a marina and restaurant development where he oversaw the permitting, construction, and ultimately the sale of the facility.
In the late eighties, Ed started a new chapter in his career by joining the Sales and Marketing team at Chris Craft. He has been in the marine industry ever since including serving as Fishing Boat Product Manager for Wellcraft Marine and Director of Sales for Hydra-Sports Boats.
Prior to joining Tocaro Blue, Ed was Customer Relations Manager for Tampa Yacht Manufacturing where he managed the contracts, production, and crew training for high-speed patrol boats delivered to customers including U.S. Department of State (INL), U.S. Air Force (AFTC-EGLIN), Kuwait Coast Guard, Indian Border Security Force, Indian Navy Special Operations, Indian Army (MOD), and U.K. MOD/ Gibraltar Police.
Ed brings to Tocaro Blue 40+ years of product development, sales, and operational experience in the recreational, and commercial boat-building industries.
Karen is passionate about building strong customer relationships, driving brand loyalty, increasing customer engagement, and she helps keep us all on track!
Having been on the founding team of 5 successful startups in the last 10 years and collaborated with many entrepreneurs and organizations, Karen understands the skills necessary for building a successful business and, most importantly, that retaining satisfied clients takes professionalism, patience, and a “people-first” attitude.
Originally from the U.K., Karen has called Florida her home for the last 20 years now and enjoys road trips, craft cocktails, and taking every opportunity to be on a sailboat.