Resisting the temptation to follow in his dad’s footsteps early on, Tom did not spend the bulk of his career in the material distribution industry. After graduating from Cal-State Fullerton with a BA in Advertising, he began a career in licensing intellectual property with CORBIS.com, a global photography/technology agency privately held by Bill Gates. In 2005, Tom moved to Atlanta, Georgia and opened the south eastern division for a competing photo/technology company, Jupiterimages as Business Development Director. Hoping to one day work for the news agency CNN there in Atlanta, Tom jumped at an opportunity in 2008 and became the Sr. Account Executive for the digital archive licensing division of CNN worldwide (collection.cnn.com). There, Tom and his team worked on many award winning TV shows, movies and documentaries including two Peabody Award winning films for CNN, the 2008 Presidential Primary and the BP Oil Spill in 2010.
In 2014, Tom achieved an MBA with honors in general management with an emphasis on international business from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where his cohort spent a brief residency studying in South Africa. Shortly after completing the graduate program, Tom wanted to explore the world of entrepreneurship. It was then he realized his path had finally crossed with his father and business mentor making it a no-brainer to take the opportunity to help build ARGOS. Tom then moved back to California with his wife Rachel, daughter Lucy and son Ben….and never looked back.
As President and COO, Tom maintains all general management responsibilities while directly managing all financial and back-office functions including marketing, human resources, accounts payable, accounts receivable and credit for ARGOS.