I founded and continue to administer the Bay Area Wine Society. A fifth generation San Franciscan whose relatives still make wine in the south of France, I attended Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, received his B.A. in philosophy from Georgetown and a Masters degree in humanities from the University of Chicago, with additional graduate work in urban affairs, political science and sociology at Berkeley.
Career 1.0 included governmental affairs and regional planning for several local governments, the American Planning Association, and the Bay Area Council, followed by managing and marketing master planned communities for Mobil Land Development Corp. then on to Chevron's equivalent, including Redwood Shores, Red Mountain Ranch in Arizona, and Hilltop in Richmond.
Career 2.0 veered off in another direction: Executive Director of Family Winemakers of CA, then organizing tours and tastings, business development for such fulfillment (wine shipping) companies as WSN, Wrap-it Transit and Copper Peak, and managing seminars and an information exchange , including a (website hidden) Group page (join us) on best social media and other practices for Direct to Consumer Sales. Tom has been holding tastings for alumni groups, museums, corporations and groups such as the California Historical Society and the Commonwealth Club for a dozen years.