Tom was born in Oregon, but has lived in both Canada and New Zealand. He attended college at The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo and California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Tom has always had a passion for business, having started his first successful small business at the age of seventeen to pay his way through school. Tom got his start in the equipment financing industry in 1988 and founded American Leasing Company back in 1990.
Ever eager to offer his customers more and better alternatives, Tom eventually joined forces with Herman Fleishman and Kevin Preston to found American Leasefund, Inc. Tom met his wife of twenty-four years in Hawaii. In addition to spending time with family, Tom is an avid sailor. In his spare time, he has done yacht deliveries up the western coast of the US to Canada and from Alaska to Hawaii. He currently keeps his 40′ Sloop “Swift” five minutes from his home in Columbia City, Oregon.