Tom was born on September 13, 1986 in Rochester Hills, MI and is the only child for his parents Harold and Kathy.  Tom claims Dublin, Ohio as his true hometown where he lived from 4th grade until leaving for college.

 

Tom relocated to Indianapolis in August of 2004 to be able and train with his cycling coach full time and attend school on a cycling scholarship at Marian College.  In the spring of 2007 after a coaching change Tom transferred to IUPUI in Indianapolis to finish his degree while still cycling.  He graduated in December of 2009 with a Bachelors degree and has utilized that same focus required to be an elite athlete while attending school for everything else he does in life.  He has hopes of someday returning to school to further pursue his passions Law and Philanthropy but for now enjoys the day to day learning that life provides.

In spring of 2009 in the midst of his cycling career Tom founded the Central Indiana nonprofit organization Nine13sports that promotes health, wellness, and exercise for local youth between the ages of 8 and 18 using bicycling as the gateway.  Nine13sports has created a unique program in which they have integrated the traditional bicycle with technology to provide a turnkey product for youth programs, schools, and other community organizations at no cost to them.  In addition to individual betterment of health and fitness, the programs promote community, teamwork, and mutual respect for one another.  While Nine13sports was put on the back burner for much of 2010 and 2011 it was relaunched and redeveloped in Summer 2011 and has grown to be immensely successful in a short amount of time.  Tom is the executive director for Nine13sports and enjoys the variety of roles he is involved with including media, marketing, social media, fund raising, grant writing, program partner development, and company management.

As an elite level cyclist Tom has had the ability to travel to many locations to race his bike and the chance to race against many of the top cyclists in the world.  A four time USA Cycling National Champion on the velodrome (sprint, team pursuit, team omnium, and U23 Kilo).  In addition to his numerous national championships he has over twenty podium level finishes at National Championship Events, has raced in Europe and Canada, won the Alpenrose Challenge overall ominum as the youngest rider ever (20 years old), and is a versatile rider in both sprint and endurance events in track cycling and a dominant sprinter in road cycling.  Tom has not returned to competition since the June 5, 2010 Wedding Bus Crash that broke two vertebra in his back (T3 and T4) and caused a mild traumatic brain injury that still impacts daily function.

Despite the challenges and many losses caused by the accident Tom looks forward to facing the daily challenges of life and helping others through his nonprofit, his advocacy involvement and always making sure that no matter what is going on in life having fun and living the dream is his number one focus.

Tom loves music and good concerts, Italian food and good beer, anything technology related (a closet geek through-and-through), and spending the weekend in the backyard grilling and relaxing.  His hobbies include photography, rebuilding things that are mechanical, hanging out with the dogs trying to teach them to fetch and taking a moment to pause and enjoy the day.  He cheers loudly for his alma mater Indiana University Hoosiers, his favorite team growing up the Michigan Wolverines, his father’s alma mater the Toledo University Rockets, and is a lifetime fan of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings.  Typically you can find Tom watching football every weekend during the four month season either on television or attending games.