Tom is a St. Louis native and entrepreneur, and a fixture in the region's business, civic, and charitable communities.
He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Legg Mason Partners Equity Funds, which oversees 40 mutual funds with combined assets of approximately $50 billion, and of Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis. He is the past Chairman of the Small Business Administration's Regulatory Fairness Board for Region VII, which includes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska.
Tom is the co-founder and chairman of The Saint Louis Brewery, LLC, brewer of award-winning Schlafly Beer varieties since 1991 and now the largest American-owned brewery in Missouri. More than 70 Schlafly beer varieties are available in 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, and in numerous restaurants, bars, and sporting venues, including the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues hockey team, of which Tom is a minority owner.
Tom is trustee of the Saint Louis Art Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library, having been appointed and re-appointed by four Mayors of the City, starting in 1984.
Tom has also served on the Board of Directors of the Downtown St. Louis Partnership and the Georgetown University Board of Regents. In 1986, Tom received The John Carroll Award from the Georgetown University Alumni Association. In 2000, he was honored as Distinguished Alumnus by the St. Louis Priory School.
He is the principal lyricist for The Courthouse Steps, a group of singing lawyers who perform regionally and poke fun at national and local events taken from the headlines.