Tom Terrific


Tom Gegax

When Tom Gegax asked me to help him write a comprehensive guide for small business owners, I jumped at the chance. Tom had founded Tires Plus, a regional chain of upscale tire stores that he built from scratch into a $200 million industry leader by the time he sold it in 2000. I had previously interviewed Tom for two magazine articles and a video and knew that we would work well together.

Tom was the all-too-rare CEO who “gets it.” Thirteen years earlier, in a six-month span, life had dealt him not one, not two, but three knockout blows. The one-two punch of divorce and cancer sent him reeling against the ropes, and a cash-crisis uppercut left him sprawled on the canvas. This triple trauma was a spiritual wake-up call that led him to reinvent both himself and his business.

The book quickly took on a life of its own. What we thought would take five months ended up taking nearly three years. We finished one draft only to throw it out five months later and start anew. Through it all—the thousands of e-mails and, near the end, the regular late-night calls that ran well past midnight—Tom never, not once, failed to live up to the rigorous standards he had set for himself—be completely authentic, treat others with empathy and compassion, and always do the right thing.

Working with Tom was an A+ experience all the way. Not only was he more generous with me than our contract called for, he listened intently to every suggestion, suggested revisions respectfully, and made me feel like a valued collaborator. Whenever we disagreed, his instincts almost always proved correct.

big-book-of-small-business-coverWhen The Big Book of Small Business was finally published, some of the points in our original contract were no longer applicable, so he scheduled an hour to negotiate a new royalty agreement. Tom began explaining all the intricate details of the new publishing arrangement, but I interrupted him. “How does this sound?” I said. “You come up with a number you think is fair, and I’ll say yes.” End of meeting.

Writing that book was a life-changing experience. It upgraded my writing skills, opened doors for me professionally, and deepened my knowledge and wisdom about business and life. More importantly, it gave me the opportunity to learn from a man who truly walks his talk. Integrity, thy name is Tom Gegax.

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2 Responses to “Tom Terrific”

  1. Kate Says:

    The trust you placed in Tom’s ability to be fair speaks volumes of what you think of him as a person. We could all trust a bit more and be a bit less cynical.

    This was also a nice peek into the process and hard work of creating a book. One of my favorite quotes applies to anything worth doing well:
    “No man ever reached to excellence in any art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation.” Homer

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, it certainly would be nice if more business executives followed Tom’s lead. A lot of people in a lot of companies would be a lot happier—and the companies themselves would be better off too. Hopefully, more CEOs will realize that healthier people mean healthier profits.

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