Tom’s first successful career was as a fighter pilot for the US Air Force. Tom (Lt Col Retired) flew the A-7D, A-10A, and O-2A aircraft all over the then free world flying for over 3000+ hours of flying time. His main accomplishment was as an instructor to many pilots over the years honing their fighting skills to a razor-sharp edge in utilizing their aircraft for its intended purpose.
Upon retirement, Tom was recruited to then create an application that would track all Department of Defense (DoD) movements of personal, transportation assets, and cargo for the entire DoD. Such an audacious project had never been attempted before. This was accomplished when his company introduced using the then-new internet, a new technology that was not being utilized by very many application builders at that time.
Tom then began a career in financial investments and sales at which he excelled helping many families insure successful investing and retirements. It was during that time Tom was recruited into working as a business counselor for the Service Core Of Retired Executives (SCORE). His experience at as business counselor lead him to create his own business consulting and mentoring firm – American Small Business Centers, LLC. (ASBC)
Through ASBC Tom has mentored, built, counseled, and worked with hundreds of successful businesses. In his book “Ladies You Can Do This!” Tom details out the steps and considerations a person needs to think about if they are contemplating starting their own business. About 95% of Tom’s clients have been women who want to turn their passions into profits and start their own business.
Tom has also been very active in volunteering his talents for local boards of nonprofit organizations. He has built shelters for abused women and children, revamped sanctuaries for run away and thrown away teens, and built adult day care centers. Currently, Tom is working to bring clean water to villages in Nakuru, Kenya, and to buy additional milling machinery for a flour grinding business also in Nakuru, Kenya.
Tom currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with his wife Nancy and Shih Zhu dog Casey.