Since 1996, Tom and his wife/partner, Sherrie Myers, have owned the Lansing Lugnuts. Playing in Cooley Law School Stadium, a stadium he developed and constructed in Lansing, Michigan, the Lugnuts have been one of the most successful professional sports franchises in Minor League history.
During this time, Tom has also been a full-time entrepreneur in sports, having developed more than $250 million in nine new Minor League Baseball stadiums, helping cities to enhance quality of life options.
In addition to the Lansing Lugnuts, these teams, and their unwavering approach to marketing, sales and branding, have included the Dayton Dragons, Charleston Alley Cats and Montgomery Biscuits.
Tom and Sherrie own two other companies: Professional Sports Marketing - a sports consulting company, and Professional Sports Catering - a concessionaire catering exclusively to Minor League Baseball. These two companies were founded to provide wide-ranging consulting and food services for professional sports franchises around the country. PSC operates food service for 15 baseball teams across seven leagues.
Tom began his career in 1980 with Leo Burnett Advertising, one of the largest advertising agencies in the United States. In his 17 years with Burnett, Tom managed several national and multi-national businesses including Kellogg, Procter & Gamble, Nintendo, Hallmark and Keebler, gaining an extensive knowledge of all marketing disciplines including advertising, sales promotion, database marketing and sports marketing. Tom was an executive vice president when he left Leo Burnett in 1996 to start his own company.
Tom, a 1979 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, is serving his first term on the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees.