Member of the Week: Tom Motzel - ECM Matchmaker and DSA Recipient

By Bryant Duhon posted 07-02-2012 11:59


Tom Motzel works with Tesserae Talent Strategies as a Business Development Consultant / Entrepreneur. He serves software providers, system integrators, and value-added resellers within the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) community. Tesserae Talent Strategies is a National Consulting Firm dedicated to ECM; offering Recruiting & Strategic Consulting Services. Previous DSA recipient Craig Shogren illustrates why Tom earned the DSA: "He works feverishly to advance new chapter ideas into reality, most notably with the Thirsty Thursday event structure and his recent work with changing the way vendors view their chapter involvement."

To top it off, Tom’s also a nice guy. Congrats, Tom.

Duhon: What do you do and how did you get there?

Motzel: I am a Talent Broker to the ECM Industry; playing matchmaker between ECM Vendors and SME’s (Subject Matter Experts). When I look at the world, I see content. Not sure how or why this is the case, but it is certainly appreciated by hiring managers and candidates who know I understand their needs.

Duhon: What’s your number 1 priority today?

Motzel: Helping an ECM vendor and an ECM candidate fully appreciate the skills and opportunities they present to one another.

Duhon: You’re focused on ECM talent acquisition; what do you think of AIIM’s Certified Information Professional certification?

Motzel: File cabinets were much easier to understand and operate than today’s storage and retrieval solutions. Even the smallest businesses will benefit from having someone who can navigate the digital landscape. The CIP will provide an essential baseline of knowledge to organizations that recognize its value.

Duhon: Do you find companies look for ECM professionals who have either taken one of AIIM’s ECM professional development courses or the CIP?

Motzel: These certifications are often part of the overall experience that helps differentiate final candidates.

Duhon: You’re active in the AIIM Minnesota Chapter. What’s the value of participating in the AIIM chapter network?

Motzel: The most valuable benefit is undoubtedly the relationships that form between members. A close second is the opportunity to broaden your perspective. Most of us have a certain job focused on a certain things. It’s important that we expose ourselves to new topics; even when they seem irrelevant, as they can end up being essential.

Duhon: Can you give any tips to other chapter volunteers to facilitate great chapter meetings?

Motzel: Remember that every single person who shows up is more important than the organization itself…and treat them that way.

Duhon: Where is the ECM industry headed?

Motzel: The “semantic” revolution is upon us. Its effects will be more profound than most of us can imagine. I hope we don’t get lost.

Duhon: What’s it mean to you to receive the DSA?

Motzel: It always feels good to help a great cause. It’s an honor to be recognized and important to point out that I don’t do it alone…thanks AIIM MN board members! I am also fortunate that my job aligns so closely to my roles within AIIM.

Just for fun

Duhon: What are your three favorite websites?

Motzel: Hopefully everyone understands my honesty. 1)See what I do 2)Join me on LinkedIn 3)Add me to your ‘professional resources’ circle. JI’m just trying to help.




Duhon: What are the three greatest books ever written—and what’s on your nightstand today?

Motzel: Bruce’s Loose Tooth – Fun with a moose and a goose – Eileen Landay





The Ten Commandments – good advice and catalyst to invent paper

Encyclopedia Britannica – catalyst to the Internet

The Joy of Bocce – (Current nightstand reading)

Duhon: What are the three greatest movies of all time—and what’s the last one you’ve seen?

Motzel: My criterion for this list is ‘movies that get better each time you watch them’. (Like Fletch…assuming most of you are familiar with that one.)

Neighbors (1981) – John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd

A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis

Multiplicity (1996) - Michael Keaton and Ande MacDowell (Last one I’ve seen)

Duhon: What was your first concert—and what are the three greatest songs on your iPod?

Motzel: I love music and am far too eclectic to answer the second part of this question.

Billy Joel – Apline Valley, WI