Thomas Beckett, Executive Director of Carolina Common Enterprise, has for most of his career worked as an attorney serving the needs of small and startup businesses. He has been professionally focused on cooperatives for the past ten years and provides business & legal guidance to cooperatives throughout North Carolina and the South. He has completed and is certified by the CooperationWorks! Cooperative Business Development Training Program.
Thomas has presented on Business Law for Worker Cooperatives at the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives conference in 2012, and at the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy in 2011 and 2015. He also provides business and legal education and guidance to cooperatives throughout North Carolina and the South. He has taught Business Law at Warren Wilson College and is certified to present the FastTrac TechVenture program, the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurial training curriculum. He has significant experience working with agriculture enterprises in the region, including cooperatives, quasi-cooperatives and nonprofits, as well as with working farmers.
Thomas is currently on the Board of Directors of Shared Capital Cooperative Development Fund. He previously served on the boards of CooperationWorks!, the Center for Participatory Change and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP). He received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned his law degree and later an MBA at the University of North Carolina.