Class of 1999
A member of the candy community since 1977, Tom was born July 12, 1940, in Bronxville, NY. He graduated from Bronxville High School and graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH, with a degree in business. He married Rosaleen in 1962, and together they raised three children; Susan, Ellen and Tommy.
In 1961, Tom joined Duffy Mott as an account manager. After two years, he moved to Durkee Famous Foods, where he became district sales manager. In 1977, he joined Ward Johnston, as regional manager until 1983 when he became regional vice-president for Uniconfis. In 1985, Tom became sales manager for Red Baud, joining Callard & Bowser/Suchard in 1987, where he held the position of southern regional sales manager at the time of his induction. In 1993, Tom won the Doc Reed Award from his candy business peers.
According to Tom at his induction, the biggest reason for his success in the candy business was surrounding myself with quality people and working with them through the good times and the bad times. For those wishing to succeed in the candy business, Tom advised: always work hard, be honest and never forget the people who have helped you to be successful.
Tom passed away August 20, 2016.