Founder and CEO
Tom Buono is the founder of BIA Financial Network and chief executive officer of BIA/Kelsey. Since founding BIA Financial Network in 1983, Buono has overseen its acquisitions and growth into a diversified strategic and financial consulting and information firm and has been involved in the creation and management of BIA Capital Strategies, LLC, a communications industry investment bank; BIA Digital Partners LP, a mezzanine investment fund; and, most recently, BIA/Kelsey, to offer data, research and services that provide an expanded and comprehensive view of the local media and advertising sector. He is viewed as one of the leading authorities on communications industry business values, investments and strategies.
Over the course of his career, Buono has been involved in the valuation of billions of dollars worth of communications properties, has spoken on panels for virtually all the major communications industry trade associations and has testified as a valuation expert in many communications disputes and before Congress. He has also been a principal in a venture capital firm, the president of a paging and SMR business, and the partial owner of a number of radio stations. He is often quoted in trade publications, business magazines and national newspapers.
Buono graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Clarkson College of Technology. Upon graduation, he enrolled in General Electric’s Financial Management Program and graduated in the top 10 percent of this prestigious national program. He received his M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1981. Buono is also NASD certified as a broker-dealer representative.