Tom was born and raised in Cook County. Living for a short time in Skokie, his family later put down roots in the suburb of Glenview. Upon graduating from Glenbrook South High School, Tom attended Arizona State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He later completed the University of Chicago's Leadership in Sustainability Management program, focusing his research towards improving the rate at which medication is properly disposed - an emerging environmental and health issue.
Upon returning to Chicago after college Tom founded Cashier Live, a startup dedicated to providing affordable point-of-sale and credit card processing technology to small retail business owners. As the company's Founder & CEO, Tom has worked directly with hundreds of small business owners to help them improve their operations through the use of technology.
Tom is also a sustainability advocate with a background in environmental policy. In 2013, Tom created the organization Windy City Sustainability in order to bring Chicago's sustainability community together. Windy City Sustainability has grown to over 6,000 members and now hosts events, promotes other environmental organization's events, and publishes a widely read weekly newsletter.
In the summer of 2014, Tom led a team of designers, developers, and urban planners to create Chicago Green Score. The app placed 1st at the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Urban Sustainability App Competition and was profiled on WBEZ, the RedEye, and DNAinfo Chicago. Tom has also served on the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Young Innovators board, as well as the communications committee for the regional conservation organization Openlands.
Tom lives in the East Village neighborhood of Chicago with his wife Michelle and their dog Daisy.
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