Chief Commercial & Operating Officer, City Football Group and Managing Director of City Football Marketing
Tom is a respected sports management professional who has spent more than twenty-five years running clubs and leagues in baseball, basketball, ice hockey and soccer in both the United States and the UK.
Tom spent the first fourteen years of his career predominantly in baseball. From 1999-2004, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing of the Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A baseball team. The River Cats led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance and revenue during his five seasons, also becoming the Minor League’s top seller of merchandise over that same period. Tom held various senior positions with other Minor League Baseball teams, including the Lansing Lugnuts, Huntington Cubs, Welland Pirates and Jamestown Expos. During this time, he introduced two new clubs to cities, including the construction and opening of new stadiums – Lansing, Michigan (1996) and Sacramento, California (2000). In the middle of this tenure in baseball, he served as the Business Manager of the Peoria Rivermen Hockey Club.
In 2004, Tom made a move to the National Basketball Association, first as Vice President, Marketing & Team Business Development at the League Headquarters in New York City, and later as Chief Marketing Officer for the New Jersey Nets which included work on the club’s relocation to their current home in Brooklyn. In 2008, Tom relocated to the UK to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer with Derby County Football Club.
In 2012 Tom joined City Football Group (CFG) where he initially served as both Chief Commercial & Operating Officer for Manchester City FC as well as Managing Director of City Football Marketing. City Football Marketing’s services include partnership sales and activation, content production and distribution, retail and licensing, marketing and fan relationship management for all of CFG’s clubs: Manchester City FC (UK), New York City FC (USA), Melbourne City FC (Australia) and Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan). In February 2015, Tom moved to New York to help launch CFG’s new club in Major League Soccer in the role of President. With the launch complete, he returned to the UK in April 2016 to assume his current role as Chief Commercial Officer for CFG and Managing Director of City Football Marketing. While leading fan, brand and revenue growth for CFG and all of its clubs worldwide, he is also responsible for CFG’s business development in China.
He is a two-time winner of Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award. He was the first American elected to serve on the Board of the Football League in England. He has also served on the Football Association Council and the Professional Game Board. Tom and his wife Maria have three children, Chuck, Ted and Maisy.