Tom has been with VisionQuest since its inception …. complimenting Jay’s extensive business background, with Tom’s many years of service as the Capital Projects Manager with the Gitksan Government Commission (GGC) to serving as a lead contact for the Kamloops Indian Band (KIB) and the Skeetcheseen Indian Band (SIB) when dealing with potential business opportunities at New Gold Mine located just outside of Kamloops on the recognized traditional territory of both Bands.
Prior to employment with First Nations, Tom had a successful fly fishing guiding business, operating out of Fort Steele which is located just outside of Cranbrook. During that time, Tom interacted with clients from around the world, as well as enjoyed a very cooperative relationship with the St. Mary’s Indian Band.
Tom has always enjoyed the western way of life, a son of Saskatchewan, and an early traveler of North America due to his father’s employment in the oil and gas industry …. Tom’s passion for sports, especially baseball, found him attending and graduating from Washington State University (WSU) with a BA in marketing and communications.
Upon graduation, Tom spent a short time in the minor league baseball system before joining the Vancouver Canucks in the early 80’s in their marketing department for 5 years. But that western life style was in his blood, recognizing how fractured the rodeo scene was in British Columbia (4 separate associations), Tom found his background in professional sports helped him with the creation of the British Columbia Rodeo Association (BCRA) and served as its General Manager (GM) for 10 years. During that time Tom signed the single largest sponsorship with Petro-Canada along with many major corporations totaling over a consistent million dollars of sponsorship annually.
Today, Tom enjoys Team Roping as a header and also competing in Cutting, as well as Sorting events in provinces and states located in the their respective locations around North America.