Tom Black has a long track record of success as a business leader in the banking industry. He has led several top companies, providing innovative marketing and technology solutions for the industry. If you’ve ever used an ATM, signed up for a premium checking bank account, or have seen images of your checks on your bank statement, then you’ve seen some of Tom Black’s handiwork.
Tom has been a co-founder or founder of several start-ups, 3 of which he helped take public. Currently he runs the Tom Black Center for Excellence which customizes sales training and coaching services for companies of all sizes. He was written several books including the wildly popular Boxcar Millionaire.
In addition to Tom’s love for business, he is equally, if not more, passionate about wine. After a weekend trip to Napa Valley in 1986, Tom fell in love with wine, and has not looked back since. Tom makes two wines with Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat only made available through charity wine auctions like Nashville Wine Auction. With a cellar at one time consisting of more than 60,000 bottles of wine, Tom has formed one of the largest and most well-rounded collections in the United States. Tom has been a National Board member in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a Chambellan in the Ordre de Côuteaux, the highest rank a non-Champagne producer can achieve, and was chosen as one of six collectors to participate in the Millennium wine project for the Smithsonian Institute. He has written over 200 published articles on wine and has a free wine app (TomBlackWine.com).
As one of the world’s most knowledgeable and well-known wine experts, Tom Black has been featured in international food and wine magazines and is highly respected among celebrity chefs and winemakers alike. Using his passion for wine as a cause, Tom has raised millions of dollars for charities across the country. Tom Black’s knowledge of wine and generous spirit has made him a favorite son of the wine community in Nashville and a gentleman worthy of the Norman M. Lipman Award.