Born in Japan, with an upbringing in Texas and Louisiana, Tom has followed his twin passions for travel and hospitality around the globe from a young age. His hospitality career began in his early 20s in Bermuda, USA, Maui and Europe, taking him to premier wine regions in Burgundy, Alsace and Mosel, as well as working at historic establishments including The Drake Hotel in Chicago and the Relais & Chateau Waterloo House in Bermuda. A move to the West Coast in the 1990s eventually led him to be the Wine Director & General Manager for Lift Bar & Grill in Coal Harbour followed by Restaurants and Bar Director at one of Vancouver’s premier hotels, the Westin Bayshore, on Vancouver’s waterfront. In the spring of 2021 Thomas joined Hester Creek’s historic estate, saying it was a natural fit, “Looking after folks has been in my nature since childhood and being from the South, gracious hospitality comes to me naturally. It has also driven my choices regarding workplace. I am always up for cooking and enjoying wine with friends and family.” When not at Terrafina, Thomas can be found exploring the beautiful south Okanagan with his partner & rescue dog Teddy, restoring mid-century teak furniture, and gardening.