TOM GROOMS...Texas Authors First Place Nonfiction Historical Award-winning author ...
Tom Grooms, born 23 December 1947, is the Texas Authors First Place Nonfiction Historical Award recipient for his My Mission in Russia book. Tom grew up in Shelbyville Tennessee and got started in business at the age of five selling clove salve, Gazette Newspapers, Christmas cards, and trading ponies, goats and beagle hounds.
In 1991 Tom’s name became synonymous with his discovery and creation of ‘Market Intelligence’. This pioneering work earned Tom recognition as The Father of Market Intelligence.
In 2001 he published peer reviewed research findings earning a PhD degree at England's first and most prestigious business school, Henley Management College. This led to his founding the Academy of Market Intelligence for further research and understanding.
Born into a family of entrepreneurs, at the age of 12 he began working seven days a week in the family grocery store with his father. Tom worked except when playing baseball (9-years), football (7-years), basketball (7-years), and running track (4-years) in high school. During his high school junior year he served as a US Congress House Page for Joe L. Evans who served as a Congressman for 35-years.
He tells his Texas wife he is a pre-native Texan since his relative Davy Crockett died at the Alamo for the independence of Texas.
Tom was the first in his family to go to college. His dad drove him to the college campus, gave him $5 and wished him luck.
After graduation from Tennessee Technological University he went to work as federal grant specialist before attending law school.
Later, Tom was hired as an independent consultant to a 2-division wholesale and retail electronics distributorship in Chapter 11. Taking full charge, he was successful in its turnaround within nine months.
After that Tom worked several years as a manufacturer sales rep before taking a job as the marketing manager responsible for national accounts and all international business at a mechanical and electromechanical custom manufacturing plant with full inhouse capacity.
In 1998, he was selected for the 5-person team sent to Russia to support creation of small business and revival of industry. Tom's contribution was teaching to government officials for their Oblasts American entrepreneurship and what we teach entrepreneurs in the startup of their own business, aspects of the American incubator program, and his work on how to turn a national economy around and prevent it from ever recurring. Russia ... Orekhovo Zuyevo, Reutov, Solnechnogorsk, Serpukhov, Yubileyny, and Balashikha.
All of this led to an interest in teaching and accepting an appointment at a small college. Tom was one of the original pioneers in international business studies in Texas and the US. He taught the first international business course in Texas. Helped the first college acquire accreditation of the first international business degree in Texas. Tom created the first international business card in the world.
As a teaching Full Professor, Tom has taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Maryland teaching high ranking military officers, Southern Methodist Cox School of Business, and several other colleges. His teaching subject areas were Marketing, International Business, Economics, Manufacturing Logistics Quality, Political Science, and Law.
Tom loves learning and continued later in life his studies to earn beyond his JD degree for business and teaching graduate and doctoral courses, a second PhD degree, MBA and MS degrees. Eventually he received full-professor status in the teaching fields of marketing and international business.
He was honored as being the first, last, and only recipient of the Ethics Award for many consecutive years. Tom was honored on more than one occasion the Favorite Teacher Award voted on by the entire student body. This honor recognized his exceptional teaching and dedication to his students.
Tom traveled to over 24 foreign countries while teaching as an international Visiting Professor in China (Southern Yangtse University in Wuxi), Hungary (Sopron), and England (Henley). He taught on military bases at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson Arizona, Fort Carson in Colorado Springs Colorado, Holloman AFB in Alamogordo New Mexico, and Malmstrom AFB in Malmstrom Montana until 9/11.
In 2013 Tom left the academic community and turned all his efforts to full-time writing. He continues publishing his books as an independent professional author. In 2019 he was the Texas author award winner in historical nonfiction.
Tom's unique writing style is highly creative. His ideas are moving, taking the reader from the ordinary to the unthinkable. Tom writes to create new thoughts and launch the imagination into a wonderful world.
The two areas of focus are the publication of his nonfiction books in the MKI - Market Intelligence Series and GELS – Grooms Executive Leadership Series. He is a former paid consultant and paid speaker offering customized presentations and lectures in market economics, the family business, and futuristic ways for the coming generations to make money.
Tom continues to serve on the charitable board of HLI HealthLink Initiative to promote health education. His medical research and studies contributed a series of articles on longevity.
His former students from all of the world continue to contact him to engage in discussions about what is important to them. Tom's students still find his practical lessons taught in the classroom help them with their entrepreneurial interests and daily lives.
His practical teaching always was focused on encouraging his students to be entrepreneurial and independent. Today over a third of his former students are millionaires and a few on their way to being a billionaire.
Tom lives in Denison Texas with his wife Renee' and enjoys reading everything, world travel, long walks, and a comfortable rocking chair.
Thanks for visiting me and hearing my story ... ~tom