Tom is responsible for all client relationship management and he directs the firm’s domestic and international business development efforts. He was a founding member of TIR and plays key roles in shaping its strategic direction and overseeing the implementation of its core investment strategy on behalf of clients.
This includes participating in all buy-hold-sell decisions and establishing operational parameters and priorities for the management of the company’s business and portfolios. Tom began his career at Wachovia where he spent ten years managing significant client relationships in the institutional investment and corporate trust markets. In that capacity, he served as the bank’s West Coast territory manager, which entailed directing all business development and client relationship management activities in support of its retirement and charitable fund clients. Prior to joining TIR, Tom was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting. In that role, he was an industry advisor to global investment management firms, managing major projects that influenced the implementation of clients’ business operations and marketing functions. In addition to his years of experience in the institutional investment arena, Tom is a forester who grew up in a saw-milling family in North Carolina. This background gives him a unique perspective on the timberland asset class – enabling him to provide valuable counsel to TIR with regard to the firm’s strategic direction and to consistently reflect and represent the needs and interests of its clients. Tom is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a BSBA in finance. He earned his MBA and MFR in forest resources, with honors, at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resource. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and serves on the advisory committee for the University of Georgia’s Center for Forest Business. Tom also holds the designation of chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIASM) and is on the CAIA Real Assets Committee.