- Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
- Board member since 2017
- Resident of Oak Park, IL and Beverly Shores, IN
Tom became a board member after years as an avid patron of The Acorn as he started his current business, ReWIRED.
Tom is Executive Counsel at Lipman Hearne and Founder of ReWIRED, LLC. Since Tom’s “rewirement” in 2016 he has been actively seeking board roles where his nonprofit marketing knowhow could be of value, particularly to early stage, up-and-coming organizations. While attending a concert at The Acorn, Tom heard the Executive Director announce that the Theater had recently become a nonprofit. He volunteered to help the organization on the spot and was thrilled to later become elected to its Board of Directors.
Tom is known for innovation in nonprofit marketing. During his two-plus decades at Lipman Hearne, Tom has held several leadership roles including Managing Partner, CEO, and Chairman. Among the 700+ institutions served by Lipman Hearne during Tom's tenure: the Smithsonian, Amherst College, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Olympics Committee, University of Notre Dame, Old Town School of Folk Music, Julliard, and the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Tom is an engaged leader in the marketing profession, having served as a member of the American Marketing Association’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the AMA’s Foundation Board. Tom’s nonprofit volunteer leadership includes serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University and board chairmanships of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Urban Gateways, and Friends of the Children-Chicago.