Tom started his Scouting career at the age of 15 as a Counselor-In-Training, at the Boy Scout Summer Camp north of Detroit, Michigan where he worked for three summers.
After graduating from Hillsdale College in 1977, Tom went to work for the Detroit Area Council as an Associate District Executive. While on the Detroit staff, he also served as Exploring Executive, District Executive, District Executive Multiple Person, District Director, Exploring Director, Director of Exploring, and Director of Marketing and Program Services.
In 1991 Tom was selected as the Scout Executive in Davenport, Iowa, and in 1995, he was promoted to Scout Executive in Rochester, New York. In 1999 the Council in Rochester was recognized by the New York State Governor with the Governor’s Award of Excellence, bestowed for deploying outstanding business practices.
In January of 2000, Tom was selected as the Scout Executive in Denver, Colorado. During Tom’s tenure as Scout Executive in Denver, the Council has earned the Quality Council Award every year, enjoyed a 19% balanced growth increase in membership, 20% increase in units, and a 59% increase in balance sheet assets.
Tom became the director of the Western Region on October 1, 2004. As Regional Director, Tom provided leadership to the successful operation of the 58 councils in the Western Region. He was also responsible for maintaining standards, rules and regulations and the bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America.
In April of 2013, Tom became the Assistant Chief Scout Executive of Council Support. Council Support is comprised of the Impact Departments (Membership, Mission, Program, Finance and Learning for Life), as well as the Human Resources Group, Youth Protection Team and the All Markets Strategy Team.
Tom is an Eagle Scout with a Gold Palm. He was awarded the Gold Hornaday Medal for Conservation by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was presented with the distinguished Eagle Scout Award at the 2013 National Jamboree. He is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow with the Distinguished Service Award, and is a three bead Wood Badger.
Tom received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations from Hillsdale College and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Non-profit Leadership Program.
Tom and his wife, Mimi, live in Southlake, Texas and have four children: Katey, Kim, Dan, and Christine.