Tom Rhoades

Tom succeeds his wife, Trudy, who was on the DFLT board for five years.   A resident of Arizona for 15 years, the last seven in Cave Creek, Tom has a life-long love of the Sonoran Desert and its open spaces.

 

A former journalist and retired public relations professional, he spent a year on the Port Chester (N.Y.) Daily Item.  After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, one in Vietnam, he joined the Kansas City Star where for three years he was an editor and Johnson County Bureau Chief.   In 1969, he joined Ford Motor Company's Public Affairs Office in Dearborn MI.  For the last three years of his career, he was Director of Public and Business Affairs in New York City.  After his retirement in 2000, he joined old friend Bob Bondurant at his School of High Performance Driving in Chandler AZ as Vice President of Business Development.  In 2004, he left to start his own consulting firm-- TR/3 Associates, of which he is still president.

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Tom graduated from the Manlius School for Boys in Syracuse NY, attended the University of Virginia, and received a B.A. from Northland College, an environmental institution in Ashland WI.  With a lifelong belief in community involvement, Tom has volunteered for a number of organizations, and is a past 7-year chair of Detroit's Lyric Chamber Ensemble and board member of Family Service of Detroit and Wayne County.  In New York, he was an advisor to the Guggenheim Museum, the Ensemble Studio Theater and St. Luke's Orchestra.  In Phoenix, he was a board member of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix.  He recently retired as a member of the Northland College Board of Trustees where he served for 11 years as chairman of the marketing and enrollment committee.

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