Tom joined Shelburne Farms in 2005 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Along with the traditional CFO duties, Tom is responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Cheese Production, and Cheese and Catalog operations. Tom began his business career in 1976, following graduation from Hamilton College with a degree in Economics. He joined the General Electric Company and was recruited for the Financial Management Program. Employed within the Aerospace Group, Tom progressed through several positions within the financial organization. Tom ultimately moved to the International Marketing organization, and was asked to lead a team of marketing, engineering, and contracts personnel in the pursuit of international strategic alliances.
With an eye towards keeping his family in Vermont, Tom left GE in 1989 and joined Climb High – a small Vermont business in the outdoor industry. As General Manager, Tom led the three facets of the business – international importation and distribution, retail, and mail order. Climb High became the leading American distributor of European rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and backcountry skiing products. In 1999, Tom joined the Vertek Corporation, a telecommunications consulting firm, as Chief Operating Officer. Tom developed key relationships with telecommunications executives, and led his employees with honesty and integrity throughout a tumultuous time in the industry. With the company back on solid ground, Tom joined Shelburne Farms in 2005.
Tom enjoys fly fishing, hiking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family and two Australian Shepherds.