Tom “TK” Keliinoi is a member of the Founding Team of Elevate Schools. TK has served as Vice-chairman in 2014, Board Chairman from 2015-2018, and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Elevate Schools.
Keliinoi served as an executive of Qualcomm, joining the firm during its early pioneering years as it built to its current position as a global leader in technology. TK established and managed a large international technical and customer support organization for Qualcomm, beginning with domestic support of Qualcomm’s pioneering OmniTRACs communications system that revolutionized the transportation industry. As Qualcomm’s innovation in personal communications grew, TK directed change in a rapidly developing technology sector that helped Qualcomm establish a global leadership position in mobile communications. To fill the rapidly growing need for talent, TK launched recruitment at several major universities across the country, pioneered innovative global strategies that grew corporate revenues, managed projects in excess of $100M, and implemented concurrent rapid technology deployments for GlobalStar in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Russia, Australia, and South America.
TK is CEO & President of San Terra Properties. Tom and his wife, Kim Klecan, started San Terra Properties in 2008. San Terra, a property management and real estate company, has grown from a small startup to a growing reputable company in the past eleven years.
A native Hawaiian, Tom grew up in a blue-collar, single-income family of 7 and learned the value of hard work at an early age. As a teenager, he worked summers on a pineapple plantation and in a cannery before moving to San Diego to begin his career.
Tom and Kim have five children, three grandchildren, and share a passion for serving their communities through education and support of military families and first-responders.