Tom is a native Oregonian and grew up in a logging family in Prineville, Oregon. His love of the outdoors led him to studying forestry at Oregon State University and then to a career with the Forest Service in 1968. Tom has a diverse work background having been a forester for the Forest Service, timberlands manager, logging manager and plant manager for Ochoco/Malheur Lumber Company, and working for 15 years as president of the American Forest Resource Council. Tom now enjoys working part-time as a consultant for AFRC and spending more time pursuing his hobbies of hunting, fishing and traveling.
Tom is very passionate about the role our natural resources play in the well-being of our rural communities. This passion led him to serve several terms on the John Day, Oregon City Council, and one term as Mayor of John Day. Tom believes that wise sustainable use of our resources is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for our communities and the hard working people that live there.