Tom and his wife, Kay, attended their first Basic Seminar in 1974 and brought home to their family the truths presented at the seminar. The principles they learned and applied enabled them to work through problems such as anger, bitterness, and rebellion. The result was harmonious family relationships. Tom and Kay have three married children and twenty grandchildren who are living evidence of the abundant grace of God toward His children.

Tom is also the retired (2015) CEO of the family business, Kimray Inc. His bringing into the workplace the importance of good character and instructing employees was the basis of the resulting CharacterFirst! Education program. This instruction turned the business around and became a catalyst for helping other companies to develop good qualities in their own employees. CharacterFirst! is now owned by another company and still is being used to train people in character. Tom is the author of the book, Making Character First.