Tom is a Professor and Department Chair in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business (SSB). His primary focus is on student success and well-being, and teaches courses in entrepreneurship, international business, global strategic management, leadership and behavioral and organizational development. Tom also coordinates the SSB internship academic program and serves as Co-director of the Freeman Foundation Asian Internship grant program, which funds Champlain students to complete internships in Southeast Asia each summer.
Tom came to Vermont from Maine in the late 1980s as an alpine ski racing coach and teacher for the Green Mountain Valley School, an elite-level ski racing academy. Tom then spent the 1990s serving as the Director of International Trade and Investment for the State of Vermont. During his tenure, he advised the Governor and the state legislative body on international trade policy issues, developed global marketing and strategic partnerships with Vermont businesses and oversaw Vermont's foreign direct investment (FDI) promotion program.
Tom graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in Economics. While an undergraduate, he also attended the Austro-American Institute in Vienna, Austria where he studied German and international economics. He received a MA from the Union Institute and University in Positive Psychology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Twente (Netherlands)-dissertation title, The Emergent Synchronicity Principle in Appreciative Inquiry: Seeing the Connections.
Tom is certified in Myers/Briggs Personality Type Indicator (no relation), the EQ 2.0 and EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence Assessments, StrengthScope Assessment Practitioner, Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) and as a fitness trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Tom serves as a judge for Champlain's annual Elevator Pitch Competition, and is a founding member/rider of Fresh Tracks Capital's (venture capital firm) annual Road Pitch event. In his free time, Tom enjoys fly fishing, fitness, skiing, technical diving and underwater archeological research, riding his adventure motorcycle and driving his restored 1978 I.H. Scout. Tom lives in Jericho, with his wife, Julie. They have two sons, Will (22) and Charlie (20), as well as a crazy corgi named Finn.
"Don't let college happen 'to' you, but rather, make college happen 'for' you. As business school faculty, we encourage our students to be proactive and let us know where they want to go in their careers. We will then simply help to "open those doors" to your future."