Tom earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of numberous articles published in communication journals. He has a chapter in Perry and Geist's "Courage of Conviction: Women's Words, Women's Wisdom."
An in-demand keynoter and seminar leader he has worked for corporations such as 3M, Honeywell, and Medtronic. He was named the "Jeanne Robertson Outstanding Professor" by the National Speakers Association.
An ardent motorcycle enthusiast, Tom conducted his interviews for "Sturgis Stories" from his classic 1980 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH 1000. He is a member of H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) and the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
Tom is married with three daughters.