Founder, Tacoma Mountain Group
Tshikuna (Franklin) Muanankese founded Tacoma Mountain Group (TMG) LLC to leverage his experience in energy, tech-enabled services, and information technology to acquire, manage, and grow a small business. Franklin's prior experiences include roles at various divisions within ExxonMobil corporation: Refining and Supply, Chemicals, and Research and Engineering. As a Group Lead at ExxonMobil's Chemicals division, he managed and provided technical expertise to a team of five control system engineers and specialists at three chemical plants.
At ExxonMobil's Research and Engineering division, he developed and deployed enterprise software and industrial hardware for ExxonMobil’s global manufacturing sites. At ExxonMobil's Refining and Supply division, he implemented industrial instrumentation. Franklin also has experience working with small companies on product, sales, and business development, ranging from customer discovery, go-to-market strategy, product operations, client relationship management deployment, and sales and marketing strategy.
Franklin earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in May 2018. He co-authored an HBS case with HBS professors and The Baupost Group titled, “Baupost Group: Finding a Margin of Safety in London Real Estate”. He was also a Robert Toigo fellow, InSITE fellow, and Real Estate Executive Council scholar. Franklin earned a double BS with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Theoretical Mathematics, and a minor in Technology Entrepreneurship in 2012.
He was awarded the best undergraduate thesis in Electrical Engineering for his paper titled, “Comparative Analysis of Different Hybrid Energy Storage Systems for Electric Vehicles”. He was also an active member in Omicron Delta Kappa leadership society, Eta Kappa Nu honors society, Quest honors program, Hinman CEOs entrepreneurship program, and the National Society of Black Engineers.