Tom graduated from Marquette University and has a background in nonprofit management and small business trades. He spent 10 years working for ISRI in a variety of roles, ultimately as the Director of Membership from 2012-2015. After relocating from Washington DC to Colorado, he worked for Distinctive Woods, a small, high-end company specializing in custom cabinetry, furniture, and trim carpentry. In 2018 he returned to the scrap industry and works in operations for Rocky Mountain Recycling. He currently resides in Denver with his wife and 2 year old son Owen.