I am honored to be a part of Tom’s special day and couldn’t be happier for him and Jessica. I met Tom in 1993 and since then he has been one of my best and most loyal friends. Tom is honest, thoughtful, creative and witty, loves his family and friends well, enjoys a good road trip, is an avid reader, an excellent writer, and an opportunistic birder. He has been a great encouragement to me throughout the years and he also stood with me in my wedding in 2003. We’ve shared many memorable conversations, trips, and outdoor outings. We also shared a memorable (albeit short-lived) co-promotion to the starting line-up of our ninth grade basketball team for a key mid-season stretch and are somewhere in the middle of a best-of-100 one-on-one series in his parent’s driveway. I currently live in Canton, Ohio, with my wife (Lynn) and two kids, and teach Environmental Biology at Malone University.