Member Spotlight: Tom Emerson

What is your current career? Business Development at CertaPro Painters. 

What committee are you involved in? I am one of two vendor representatives on the AAFAME Board and the Board Liaison for both the Membership Committee and the Expo Committee. I am also on the Chili Slam Committee.

What are your past jobs? I have done Business Development and Sales my whole career starting off at Dell back in 1987. I then moved over to custom hardware solutions based on the Sun Microsystems platform and then into custom software and web development on the .net Microsoft platform.

What do you want to do when you grow up? Boy, has that ship ever sailed?

Do you have any professional aspirations? Yes, to retire soon.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy germinating trees and shrubs from seeds grown in my yard and harvest elsewhere; then growing those in my little home-made nursery and later into my yard.

What are your pet peeves? Big Talk and Little Action.

If there is anything you could change, what would it be? Time.

Do you have a favorite quote, saying or song? Infinite Spirit Lives.

What is your favorite thing about AAFAME? I like the geniuses of the AAFAME membership, and that we have great leadership. Amy is the best thing about AAFAME! Without her things just wouldn’t be the same!

Interview by Rachel Salas with Specialized A.C. Mechanical Services