Tom enjoyed sailing small boats on Biscayne Bay before getting hooked on windsurfing in the mid-80’s. Working in board shops through high school and as a certified windsurfing instructor during college, he shared his passion for the sport with hundreds of new sailors. Tom is a graduate of Florida State University with a Masters in Accounting and has worked in Palm Beach County as an accounting/finance professional for over 25 years.
He enrolled his children in summer sail camp at the Palm Beach Sailing Club hoping they would have an interest in sailing. Shortly they were hooked, joined the PBSC race team, and were traveling to regattas all over Florida. This was a great opportunity to meet other sailing families and develop relationships with coaches & administrators from a wide variety of sailing programs. These experiences confirmed that sailing is a great platform for youth development and teaching important life skills.
Tom served on the PBSC Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. During this time, he came to believe that our local community could benefit from an independent charitable non-profit organization 100% focused on youth sailing. As a founding director of the YSFPB in 2015, Tom served a President from 2015-2018. Those early years were important to develop YSFPB’s vision & mission, establish administrative processes, promote the YSFPB brand, and acquire sailing equipment needed to expand the sailing opportunities for youth sailors in Palm Beach