Tom was raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but growing up, he felt an internal tug to be adventuring and exploring. After high school, the mountains called, and Tom answered. He shook off his Midwestern roots and headed west, planting new seeds in Crested Butte, CO. His new life adventure not only allowed him the opportunity to fulfill his passion for a life in the great outdoors, but it also united him with his greatest love, Esperanza, his four-legged furry companion.
Tom balanced mountain life with academics, and in 2013 graduated from Fort Lewis College not only with a degree in Environmental Studies, but as a more well-rounded and environmentally consciousness individual. After graduation, Tom wore many entrepreneurial hats, and even started a live glass blowing business in downtown Durango where tourists and locals could watch custom glass be blown to order. In his most recent venture, Tom successfully took on the role of General Manager at the flagship Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store in Durango. He proved to not only be his family’s favorite person during the holiday gift giving season, but also to each customer that walked through the door and had the opportunity to interact with him.
Speaking of family, Tom is the favorite youngest brother of two older sisters who look up to him, literally and figuratively. He contributes his amazing sense of humor and wit to his sister, Michelle, who he learned everything from. He is also the proud father of not just his beloved Esperanza, but also her fur brother, Bode.
In April 2019, a new adventure called out to Tom, only this time it was not the mountains, but the desert. And again, Tom answered. While the Utah landscape captured his eye, the undiscovered trails and vast opportunities captured his soul. His genuine passion for people can be felt in every smile he gives and every conversation he shares. Tom is grateful to be a part of the American Heritage team, and he looks forward to making a positive impact on the lives of all he encounters.