Teresa Meares has twenty years of law enforcement experience and 15 years as a business owner. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and over 300 hours of advanced management training.
Teresa is the founder of TM Consulting, where she assists organizations and businesses in the development and execution of growth and multi‐level project strategies. These strategies focus on delivering exceptional presentation, execution, and management of initiatives.
Teresa currently serves as the General Manager for Cass Information Systems a technology company headquartered in St. Louis, MO. She owns and manages the P&L for the Waste and Sustainability expense program, providing oversight, managed services, and reporting for global companies focused on reducing waste, waste expense, and increasing sustainability efforts to attain net zero waste initiatives.
Inspired by her 20 years in law enforcement, Teresa published “Think Safe 2 Be Safe”. The series is a compilation of stories focused on teaching children how to stay safe. And most recently published her first leadership book; C.A.R.E. Effective leadership through the control of emotions. She has been published as an editorial guest on many topics discussing leadership, girl’s empowerment, and women in business.
Teresa is on the Business Journal’s “List” as a top Women-Owned Business in northeast Florida. She was the recipient of the 2009 Jacksonville Business Journal’s Women of Influence and the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year for the North Florida Women in Business Awards.
Her previous company, DGG, has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in northeast Florida, a Florida Company to Watch by Grow Florida, Top 300 businesses in Florida, and Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Florida.
She is a Past President of the Women Business Owners of North Florida, Past Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Past Chair for the NAWBO Institute (a foundation supporting women’s education), and recently received an appointment as the World Vice President for the international steering committee for Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises (FCEM), an international association, as the World Vice President, which represents 120 countries across five continents.