Tom received his undergraduate degree from Duke University '77 and his MBA from the University of North Carolina '82. He then spent the 1980's in New York as a Vice President in Private Banking at Bankers Trust Company and as a Managing Director at East Rock Partners, a boutique banking firm that specialized in investing in alternative energy companies.
Tom formed Williams Management (WM) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1991. WM was retained by several early stage U.S. businesses to create and implement business plans and assist in raising capital. While operating WM, Williams also served as the interim COO of New World Power Corporation, an alternative energy company based in California, and he created Lone Eagle Corporation (LEC), which assisted non-profits within the local Jackson Hole community.
In 2003, Williams moved from Jackson Hole in order to manage Rock Creek Restaurants (RC), a group of two restaurants in metropolitan Washington, DC that he created and co-owned. RC focused on creating nutritionally balanced meals with fresh ingredients and fewer calories, an innovative concept that numerous restaurants have now replicated. The endorsement of the concept by the director of the NIH at the time, led to the decision to base RC in the Washington DC area.
In 2011, Williams sold RC and journeyed back to his Winston-Salem, NC birthplace where he took over as the 24/7 caregiver for his 90-year-old parents. After the passing of his parents, Williams became a certified Superior Court Mediator in the state of North Carolina, which led to relaunching WM as Williams Mediation & Management LLC (WMM) in Winston-Salem in 2018.