Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Calvin University in 1987 and his MBA from Grand Valley State University in 1994. He earned his CPA in Michigan in 1990.
What is your area of specialty – how do you best help your clients?
Tom joined the firm in 1988 and was named a Shareholder in 2001. Tom works with a wide variety of closely-held businesses, primarily in the manufacturing, distribution, and construction industries. He specializes in tax planning strategies, but also provides audit and review services to his business clients. His focus is working with business owners to assist them in fulfilling their long-term business and personal financial goals.
What are your top 5 strengths? What is your favorite strength?
Arranger, Positivity, Responsibility, Connectedness, Strategic.
I would say Positivity. I believe it enables me to approach difficult situations focusing on the opportunity rather than the threat or downside. A close second is the combined strengths of Arranger and Strategic. The combination of those often allows me to cut through the clutter and arrive at a better and quicker solution to complex issues.
How do you like to give back to the community?
• ICCF (Inner City Christian Federation) – Board member; Treasurer
• Grand Rapids Christian Schools – Finance & Operations Committee; past member of Board of Trustees, Treasurer
• Calvin CRC – Finance Committee; past elder, Chair of Deacons, Finance Chair, Treasurer
What are your superpowers – something you’re good at that others should know about?
Mediating and negotiating – I believe I have a good ability to understand both points of view, solving problems and reducing conflicts.
Accomplishment you’re proud of?
• Personally, being a good dad and having three wonderful daughters.
• Professionally, gaining the trust, respect and confidence from my fellow shareholders resulting in me being elected managing shareholder.
Tell us about your life outside of work (family/pets/sports/activities/interests/hobbies)
Married Laura in 1995; three daughters: Anna, Olivia and Carolyn; spent many years coaching their softball and soccer teams and teaching them how to play golf; I’m an avid golfer; I enjoyed running, but am taking up biking to relieve stress on my back. Laura and I love eating out and trying new craft IPAs.
What is your favorite part of working at the firm?
The people I’ve met and been able to work with over the years. I’ve enjoyed helping clients grow their businesses, but especially coaching and mentoring staff in fulfilling their life and career goals.