Growing up above a dairy cooperative, Tom's first memories involve cheese making. Early work with his father, and his mentorship inspired Tom to pursue a career crafting cheese. In 2017 he celebrated, his first certification through the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker program.
His experience started with the family operation (Stuart Cheese Factory), and continued to Mayer Cheese Factory, where he was Production Manager from 1977-1985. Tom went on to become Plant Manager at Fennimore Cheese Company, Lugano Cheese Company/Avonmore/Saputo, and Kolb-Lena Cheese Company. Currently, Tom is the Plant Manager for Chula Vista Cheese Company, and is a Certified Master Cheesemaker for Oaxaca and Quesadilla cheese. He's pleased to have received multiple awards contests at local, State, National and world-wide levels.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from UW Whitewater. (Master Cheesemaker Certified in Oaxaca, Queso Quesadilla)