Thomas Heuer

Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship & Assistant Clinical Lecturer



Academic Background

  • M.A., Ohio University
  • B.S., Capital University

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Richard A.Forsythe Chair of Entrepreneurship, Farmer School of Business, Miami University
  • Fifth Third Bank, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Strategic Planning and Innovation
  • International Leadership Associates, founder and managing partner
  • JP Morgan Chase, Senior Vice President for Executive Development and Organizational Strategy
  • Pinnacle Bancorp, Chief Operating Officer
  • Deloitte Consulting, Senior Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic planning
  • Executive coaching
  • Leadership Development/Five Practice of Exemplary Leaders
  • Facilitation
  • Corporate Innovation


In August 2011 Tom Heuer joined Miami University as the Richard A. Forsythe Chair of Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business. In 2017, he was recognized as the MBA Core Course Teacher of the Year. He also was nominated for the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Oxford Campus.

Prior to joining Miami, Tom was Senior Vice President, Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Innovation at Fifth Third Bank, where he was responsible for design and implementation of the corporate strategic plan and Corporate Innovation. His team focused on identifying growth opportunities in product development, technology and channel distribution

Prior to joining Fifth Third, Mr. Heuer was a founding managing partner of International Leadership Associates (ILA), a leadership education and consulting firm.  Tom's practice at ILA reflected his research interests: leadership and strategic planning consultation, executive coaching, senior team development and facilitating leadership seminars. Tom's clients included JP Morgan Chase, Huntington Bancshares, M&T Bancorp, Fifth Third Bank, LensCrafters, The Kroger Company, Lexis Nexis, Motorola, Proctor & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, 3M and Microsoft.

Tom is a frequent writer on the topic of strategic leadership and is known as one of the foremost experts on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders Model and the Leadership Practices Inventory.  His new research looks at developmental experiences and needs at different career/life stages. Heuer's book, "There is No Box," was released in 2009 and focused on the attributes needed for a leader to innovate on the Growth Frontier.


Thomas Heuer

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