Tom joined JINSA as Executive Director in 1991, and ran the organization until his retirement in 2012. By dint of his boundless energy and personality, he made JINSA a leading voice on U.S. national security and U.S.-Israel security ties, one that is highly respected in Washington, Jerusalem, and beyond.
The force of his personality made him a compelling and irresistible figure. In 1999, the Forward named Tom one of the nation's most influential Jewish leaders. He was a moving speaker, writer, and radio and television commentator, and addressed audiences on Capitol Hill, university faculties, religious and social organizations, and public and private schools on issues of national security and related concerns. He also consulted for and advised many major national and local political candidates on national security and Jewish issues.
Prior to JINSA, Tom served as the Executive Vice President of B'nai B'rith International, and also held a number of Senior Executive positions at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Tom also founded several organizations, including The Houston Center for International Affairs, the Christian-Jewish Committee for Israel and Texas 1990.
Tom remained loyal to JINSA and its mission until his dying day. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.