Tom leads RTX’s state government relations and economic development activities across the Southern United States. In his role Tom communicates the company’s business interests to policymakers and organizations and develops strategic partnerships with state and local economic development leaders to support the Company’s site selection and workforce development needs across the South.
RTX is the largest aerospace and defense company in the world with over 180,000 employees. RTX provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and civil customers worldwide. RTX consists of business segments Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon. RTX was formed in 2020 when United Technologies Corporation, UTC, and The Raytheon Company were merged.
Tom led State Government Relations in the South for UTC from 2011-2020. Tom served as Government Relations Manager for Kidde Fire Safety, a business unit of UTC from 2007-2011 where he was responsible for federal, provincial, state, and local legislative and regulatory affairs.
Prior to UTC Tom held state government relations roles with the National Federation of Independent Business, NFIB, and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association. He began his career in public policy working on a variety of legislative initiatives as staff to the North Carolina Senate.
Tom graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and earned a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.