Tom is our Chief Investment Officer and architect of the SignalPoint strategy portfolios. With a background in engineering, and managing portfolios for family offices, Tom brings a strong analytical eye to our investment processes. Tom has a powerful ability to understand how things are built and how to make them run better. He loves the markets, cars, engines, and time with his family on the lake.
It was the end of my Junior Year at Hillsdale College when I realized I didn’t want to wash test tubes the rest of my life and changed from a Chemistry major to Business. Crowding 4 years of business classes into my senior year was challenging but worked fine. The Math and Science I’d already taken has been of benefit ever since. And, I’ve not touched a test tube since.
Prior firms within the industry you have worked
After about 25 years of being my own “boss”, the transition to being part of a company at SignalPoint came easily. There was always accountability required while operating a family office and it’s pretty much the same within our company now.
What’s the most useless talent you have?
While driving competitively in vintage sports cars is at or near the top of my list of useless talents, the lessons learned offered me insight in most areas of my life. I was told that to be a competitive driver I needed to be able to concentrate fully, be incredibly smooth and perform with consistency. Well, those work as great life lessons in racing, sailing, working, and in personal relationships.
What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?
Sometimes mistakes in the kitchen work out okay. My daughter was baking some cookies to take to school for her birthday. I offered to help. I figured the cookie sheet needed some anti-stick spray so coated it accordingly. Well, instead of having 12 individual cookies, that batch turned into one huge one. It ended up being a hit at school. The second batch she baked herself. She learned there’s a difference between something being ruined and being different.