We’re pleased to announce that Tom Blaser has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc.’s professional board of directors. Most recently, Tom served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of W.R. Grace, a $2.2-billion global specialty chemical company. His appointment brings the Fall Creek board to nine individuals.
Prior to W. R. Grace, Tom held multiple leadership roles in strategic, operational, and financial management, including serving as president of the North American business unit of Arysta LifeScience Corporation, a $1.6-billion private equity-backed global agricultural chemical and life science business.
We’ve been expanding our professional board of directors over several years from entirely family shareholders to include perspectives from external industry leaders with a wide range of business expertise. Tom joins Mark Frandsen, Elin Miller, Kevin Murphy, and Roland Wolfram, other non-family, non-executive directors who collectively bring a wealth of diverse business experience to the board. Ulrich Pilz has recently retired from the board after almost seven years of service.
“As a family company, we know it’s crucial to have a strong board and appreciate the skills and contributions of outside board members to support us in doing the best job we can – and Tom is an example of someone who’ll help us continue to elevate operations,” says Dave Brazelton, Fall Creek co-founder and executive chair of the board. “He brings world-class financial acumen and experience in strategy and business leadership. He will be a great addition as we strive to better serve our customers, our industry and our communities.”
“I’m honored to join Fall Creek’s accomplished board and leadership team and to support them in continuing the company’s tremendous success and increasing global profile,” Tom says of the appointment. “I was drawn to the opportunity because of the organization’s entrepreneurial spirit and culture, and I look forward to helping them continue to improve current business performance and achieve their goals.”
Tom has a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montclair State University. He is a certified public accountant and serves on the advisory board for the Montclair State University Feliciano School of Business.
Please join us in welcoming Tom to the Fall Creek team!