Tom has been a Trustee of Stewards Foundation since September 2009, a staff member responsible for public relations and planned giving from July 2008 until June 2009, and a trustee from September 2006 to June 2008. He currently serves as Corporate Secretary, as Chairman of the Finance / Compensation Committee and on the Health Care and Executive Committees. Tom also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Believers Stewardship Services, a Stewards Foundation partner in the Planned Giving Program.
Tom trusted Christ as his Savior during his second year at Parks College of Aeronautical Technology. After graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served a 20-year career in Transportation and Logistics command and staff positions at locations including Vietnam, Germany, Sicily and the Pentagon where he retired as Director of Transportation Programs. During his Air Force Career, Tom received an MBA degree in Transportation and Logistics from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina. After retirement, Tom entered an academic career serving as a logistics, operations management, and decision sciences faculty member at the University of South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and North Lake College (Dallas County Community College District); and Dean of the Business Schools at Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colorado) and Woodbury University (Burbank, California). In 2013, Tom retired from a 27-year academic career, including four years as Program Director and transportation faculty member at the Air Force Institute of Technology during his military career.
In August 2014, Tom was selected to fill the chair / faculty position in the Business Department at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, and continued in that role through May 2016, when he transitioned to an adjunct faculty role teaching online courses for the Bachelor of Science in Bible / Theology and Business Administration Degree Program and the new Degree Completion Program in Management and Leadership. In August 2017, Tom was selected to fill the Associate Dean position in the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He retired from that position in June 2018.
Tom married Carol Bollinger in November 1969, during his re-assignment from Vietnam to Germany, where Carol immediately began her life-long dream of establishing a Christian home as a wife and mother of one grown son and four grandchildren. Carol was active in civilian charities, military and local church activities, started and led Bible Studies, and taught Sunday School from nursery to high school girls. In 1976, for 30 years following, she began working with Stonecroft Ministries Christian Women’s Clubs. Over 47 years of marriage, Carol and Tom moved 28 times, living all over the U.S. and Europe. Carol went to be the Lord, her Savior since the age of 5, on May 5, 2017.
Tom is currently in fellowship at their home assembly, Fellowship Bible Chapel in Fort Myers, Florida. Prior to that, Tom and Carol were in fellowship at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel, Dubuque, Iowa; Wheatland Bible Chapel in Duncanville, Texas; the Immanuel Navajo Chapel (Immanuel Mission) in Tec Nos Pos, Arizona; Fellowship Bible Chapel in Cape Coral, Florida; Avenue 54 Bible Chapel in Los Angeles, California; Cherrydale Bible Chapel in Arlington, Virginia; Forest Grove Bible Chapel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and were active in Military Chapel Sunday School teaching during overseas assignments.