Tom graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical Engineering, from University of Rochester with a 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. Tom has 20+ years of full time, hands on experience as the chief operating officer and/or chief executive officer of various real estate companies. Specifically, in 1987, at the age of 37, Tom was appointed President of the Stearns Company where he was responsible for all aspects of the Company’s nine state, $200,000,000.00+ (i.e., $400,000,000 based on 2008 dollars) real estate portfolio, comprised of over 2 million square feet of hotel, office, warehouse, R&D, and retail properties as well as 25,000 acres of land. Development offices were located in the Silicon Valley, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Lexington, Kentucky. In 1999, Tom moved from Kentucky to Bluffton, South Carolina 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 helping form startup real estate companies and combining various public initiatives into his real estate activities in five states. Locally, 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 has or has had positions and/or memberships in present and past professional associations that include the Kentucky Bar, the YPO, the IESC and various real estate organizations (e.g., IREM, ICSC, SRI, NACORE, ULI, etc.). He is presently a licensed real estate broker in South Carolina, Kentucky, Utah and, California.
Tom was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.