Tom is a Wisconsin native who grew up in the rural, blue-collar part of Cedarburg, a quaint small town of 10,000 people just north of Milwaukee. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree, with a double-major in journalism and political science, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was editor-in-chief of the Badger Herald student newspaper. While a student, Tom was selected to the university’s Iron Cross Society, which honors leadership and service.