"I try to make the event fun. Make the athletes feel like they are competing in the Olympics, the Masters, the US Open. The key is to make it enjoyable and make them special."
The first ski race Tom announced was in 1983 in Waterville Valley. Since then Tom has been the 'live' announcer for over 850 sporting events.
"Bobby Foster who was Director of Marketing in Waterville Valley asked me to work for the ski area in 83.' I said sure. He wanted me to emcee all the functions, from the welcome party to the awards banquet, and especially announce the ski race held on Thursday mornings. That's where my ski race announcing career began."
It was during the Governor's Ski Invitational in Waterville Valley where Bernie Willett of American Airlines and a sponsor of the event heard Tom announcing. He asked Tom to participate in the 2nd Annual American Airlines Celebrity Ski event benefiting Cystic Fibrosis in Crested Butte, CO and 22 years later the collaboration still flourishes.
It was Bernie who brought Tom out of Waterville Valley and introduced him to the world. The American Airlines Celebrity Ski event was the catapult that led to announcing gigs with Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Ethel Kennedy, Keyshawn Johnson, Country in the Rockies, President Bush #41, and Frances Williams Preston, to name a few.
Sporting events Tom has announced live