Tom is a retired professional City Manager. He started trombone in 7th grade, and in high school he participated in the All-State band in three states (North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). At the University of North Carolina he was in the Marching Band, Drum Major, and basketball Pep Band.
Tom earned his MPA from University of Oklahoma. He served as Captain U. S. Air Force. Following his time in service, he managed communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before retiring in Ponte Veda Beach.
Pro bono work promoting democracy in Bulgaria under USAID contract has been a passion for Tom. He has also lectured for 22 years at the National Fire Academy in the Executive Development Program.