Born in a small North Carolina town where he developed a strong work ethic early on by working in his father’s furniture store, Tom discovered an aptitude for systems engineering when he scored well on an early-day technology aptitude exam. A quick study for early-day computing systems, Tom earned a Masters in Systems Engineering through the GI Bill after completing his service in Vietnam. Using this springboard, Tom launched his professional career at Arthur Andersen in systems design and consulting, which paved the way for his future leadership as Chief Investment Officer of RJR Nabisco’s investment advisory subsidiary.
Combining his entrepreneurial upbringing, technical proficiency and investment expertise, Tom co-founded CornerCap in 1989 following the leveraged buy out of RJR Nabisco. Throughout his career, Tom has prioritized community service and remained close to his North Carolina roots. Tom holds multiple finance- and investment-related leadership roles within the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club Foundation, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Episcopal Church Investment Group and the Alliance for Christian Media/Day1. Additionally, he is a Trustee and chairman of the investment committee of Barton College, where 40% of students today are the first in their family to seek a college degree – an initiative Tom is proud to support.
Education and Accreditation
- BS, Business (major), Math (minor) – Barton College
- MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering – Ohio University
- MBA – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder
- Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Member, CFA Society Atlanta
- Member, CFA Institute