Tom earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial (Business) Administration from Iowa State University and passed the CPA exam in 1981. Before joining Winther, Stave & Co., LLP in 1993, Tom worked for a public accounting firm and then as a controller for both small businesses and a public company. Tom has over twenty-five years of public accounting experience, including all areas of tax, governmental, and small business audits, reviews, and compilations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants, Spencer Hy-Noon Kiwanis, and has appeared on stage at the Spencer Community Theatre. He and his wife Yvonne live in Spencer and have four children.