Tom graduated from Eastern Washington State College in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He began his career in the insurance industry after graduation when he joined his father’s agency. He has 43 years of experience in the insurance business. He’s been through the independent agency system, and in addition to working with his father, he has been affiliated with Fairfield-Waverly Insurance, a principal owner in Ridgeview Insurance Associates, and joined Western Insurance at their inception.
Tom has enjoyed the process of melding his many years of experience with the enthusiasm and work ethic provided by the younger team members. It all comes together to bring to the profession a full spectrum of service and Tom loves seeing the positive effect it brings to their clients. Tom’s team members describe him as being great at explaining things and educating clients. His clients say he is knowledgeable, straightforward and they trust him.
Tom and his wife, Mary Ellen will be celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary this year. They have two grown and married children, Kara and John, and have been blessed with three wonderful grandchildren. Tom and Mary Ellen enjoy spending time in Hawaii in the winter and in his spare time, Tom enjoys bowling, golf, and of course, spoiling the grandkids.
A couple fun facts about Tom are that he has been fortunate enough to have bowled four “300” games. He also has a hole in one to his credit.