Describe your involvement with Indiana Vision 2025.
Indiana Vision 2025 is a critical component of what the Chamber is working on to produce the best possible business climate in our state. The communications department and I have the role of helping plan our outreach events to let stakeholders know the latest developments and to communicate clearly about the progress that’s taking place, as well as the next steps that are needed to achieve the vision.
What is a typical day in the life of Tom?
The good thing about being at the Indiana Chamber for more than 16 years is that there is no typical day at work. Activities include everything from writing stories and editing to strategic planning and working with all of the really talented members of the communications department and entire Chamber team. What makes the Chamber so special is that there are many different activities going on, and it’s the opportunity to work in a variety of different ways to serve our members.
What makes BizVoice® magazine so important?
BizVoice is really a labor of love for me personally. It’s a key way to communicate to our members not only what the Chamber is working on, but offering practical guidance on how they can be more successful. BizVoice is able to bring together a great deal of information that companies of all sizes and people within those companies can hopefully utilize to help them in their everyday work.
Talk a little about your bicycling activities.
I ride to work when my schedule allows, usually two or three times a week. It’s a 12-mile trip one way, so it’s a combination of good exercise and coming to work refreshed after a brisk ride instead of stressed after a stop-and-go car commute. I also enjoy some longer weekend rides, taking advantage of both area trails and county roads. It is very relaxing – and a good way for someone not driven to work out to stay a little healthier.
Favorite restaurant: Skyline Chili (I’ve been heard to say I could eat it every day)
Favorite sport: Whatever is in season, but if I had to choose one it would be college basketball
Favorite vacation spot: Las Vegas for my wife and I; the Outer Banks in North Carolina for the family
Favorite band: Styx