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Thom helped start and build The Metro High School Academies—a nationally recognized program

"For our public high schools, I worked alongside Metro staff, government leaders, and other business leaders to establish The Academies of Nashville: a nationally recognized, project-based, experiential learning initiative." Click and learn more.


"I helped form 34 business and hospitality partnerships with Hillwood and three other zone high schools. Ten years later, 350 businesses partner with Academies in all our zoned high schools, offering students mentorships, internships, and externships."


A Hillwood graduate working his way through college AND a Tennessee State University Student being mentored in hospitality, BOTH through the Metro High School Academies at the Holiday Inn / Vanderbilt

"I have seen firsthand what a collection of enthusiastic people can accomplish."

Thom has also served on the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Exceptional Education and as as PENCIL Foundation Volunteer.


For his dedication and work Thom received  the Metro Nashville Public Schools CEO Champions Award AND the Pencil Foundation Volunteer of the Year.

FYI: Thom's passion for education began long before moving his family to Nashville in 2002. While in Atlanta he was awarded The Golden Apple for his leadership and involvement with the Atlanta School System.

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