Tom joined Ventura Harbor Boatyard in 2003 bringing with him an extensive background in mechanical engineering with a vast history of management projects including machine shop operations manager to president and manufacturing manager on NASA projects for JPL which have been installed in the Hubble Space Telescope. Tom graduated from CSU Northridge in 1993 with an MS in Automation Engineering and a BS in Business Administration. He also taught NC programming and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) at Northridge for 3 years to senior and graduate engineering students. Tom has owned and operated his own boat building business where he designed and built several boats including a 32’ off-shore power racer; the re-fit & design of a 75’ commercial dive charter boat & the design & fabrication of a 40’ ocean racing catamaran. Tom began sailing at the age of 12 in Marina Del Rey and has many years of local sailing/cruising around the Channels Islands.