Tom Burden


Founder & CEO

Columbus, OH


My name is Tom Burden, I am the inventor of the Grypmat! It is a brightly colored, flexible, non-slip tool tray that prevents mechanics from losing their tools. I got the idea when working on fighter jets in the Air Force. At Grypmat we are very involved with the tool industry anywhere from Military to Automotive to Aviation. I am good at 3-D design, marketing, networking and brainstorming! With the Grypmat I have been on the past two seasons of Shark Tank, cover of Time Magazine and Forbes 30u30. I like to meet new people, try new foods and dance. Feel free to reach out to me 419-953-7607.



  • 3-D Design
  • Marketing
  • Networking

We pride ourselves on developing innovative products that strike the perfect balance between functionality and usability to meet our customer’s diverse and demanding needs. Our team consists of energetic and forward thinking people that have broad and extensive technical backgrounds as well as years of experience in the U.S. military. At Grypmat we believe in finding efficiency in simplicity. Grypmat products are designed to increase efficiency, safety and productivity. The high friction surfaces allow tools to be placed where the work is being done and helps reduce FOD and overall maintenance time while increasing aircraft longevity. We currently have multiple patents for products that we are excited to release in the near future.


  • Automotive

Area of Focus

  • Automotive
  • Military
  • Retail