Tom graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical Engineering; from the University of Rochester with an MBA in Finance, and from Duquesne University with a JD.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Tom was employed by Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, PA, Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Stearns Company in Lexington, Kentucky in various real estate, corporate planning, treasury, and real estate credit positions; Tom's 30+ years of full time, hands on experience as the chief operating officer and/or chief executive officer of various real estate companies began in 1987, at the age of 37, when Tom was appointed President of the Stearns Company. Tom's responsibilities included all aspects of the Company's nine state, $200,000,000+ (i.e., $500,000,000 based on 2017 dollars) real estate portfolio. The portfolio was comprised of over 2.5 million square feet of hotel, office, warehouse, R&D, and retail properties as well as 25,000 acres of land including technology, industrial, and office parks as well as mixed use and retail developments in 10 states. Development offices were located in the Silicon Valley, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Lexington, Kentucky.
In 1999, Tom moved from Kentucky to Bluffton, South Carolina to help form RRZ LLC and affiliated companies. Tom devoted most of his time to managing all functions related to 5,000+ acres of land near St. George, Utah and most functions related to most of the 4,300 acres acquired in the Buckwalter PUD. Commencing in 2005, Tom began allocating a significant portion of his time to combining various public initiatives into his real estate activities in five states.
In Bluffton SC, Tom has been the past Chairman of the Greater Beaufort-Hilton Head Economic Development Partnership, the Beaufort County Technology Committee, and the Bluffton Economic Diversification Committee and was selected as the 2002 SC Ambassador for Economic Development for Beaufort County. Tom also has or has had positions and/or memberships in present and past professional associations that include the Kentucky Bar, the YPO, the IESC as well as various real estate organizations e.g., IREM, ICSC, SRI, NACORE, ULI.
He is presently a licensed real estate broker in South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, and Utah. Tom was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.