Early Hopes & Dreams
Some may call him a dreamer. He always wanted to be an astronaut, but didn't get accepted into space camp. He never stopped reaching for the stars.
He was entrepreneurial from an early age. When other kids were playing with toys and video games, Tommy was building businesses. He scored his first business cards at age seven to promote his proficiencies in art/creativity, building/design, sports …. Via state of the art clip art.
The lemonade stand market was oversaturated, so he utilized his artistic skills to draw cars and sell his works of art to gullible adults at classic car shows.
1994 Tom's Drive-In
By age eight, he negotiated "real estate" in his parent's basement to build a store to play with and sell things to his friends. His hyperlocal business had many pivots and rebrandings, most famously, Tom's Drive-In, a 50's style doo wop shop.
He experimented with the art of storytelling through home videos and premiered them on his high school morning announcements. There was no distribution (ie. YouTube). He self-taught himself web development languages html and java to create primitive static websites in the early ages of the Internet. There was no apps or social media. He started his own production company with his brother called Slick Flicks.
Tommy was also active in youth sports, as his business cards advertised. He excelled at soccer. He had the opportunity to train under world-class coaches and was the starting striker on the youth squad of a regional professional soccer team. He went on to help his high school varsity team reach the state finals and to this day holds his high school's all-time scoring record. He was recruited to play soccer at division one and three colleges, but Tommy decided to pursue his dreams to be a filmmaker.
Tommy also studied abroad at the legendary Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.
2006 University of Miami
He went on to learn the trade at the University of Miami's School of Communications, where he graduated cum laude with a double major in Motion Pictures and American Studies.
He moved to Los Angeles and took a position in the finance department at International Creative Management (ICM), one of the largest talent agencies in the world, where he got an inside look at how contract terms were negotiated and artists were compensated in the entertainment industry.
2009 Southwestern Law School
Tommy graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Law School in just two years by taking on an ambitious course schedule and demanding workload. He was a member of the Southwestern Law Review and article's editor of the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law.
2009 U.S. Court of Appeals
He went on to extern as a law clerk to the Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Tommy was the founder and CEO of a bootstrapped tech company called Exchango, which developed a web-application to facilitate the exchange of free goods and services with the mission to encourage social, economic, and environmental responsibility by maximizing the lifespan of material goods and promoting generosity to pay it forward.
2011 StartingBloc Fellow
He became a fellow at the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, a social entrepreneur fellowship that educates emerging leaders to drive positive social change. He is still actively involved in the StartingBloc community by mentoring young social entrepreneurs.
2011-Present Law Firm
2014 Entertainment & Tech Co.
Takes position as Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs building an in-house legal department while creating a culture of innovation and creative design.
Launches new startup later acquired by NASA for a gazillion dollars.