Tom R. Slone is Chairman and CEO of Touchstone Communications in Southlake, Texas. Mr. Slone and three other executives founded Touchstone in 2002 to provide offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to the financial services industry, including lead generation, real estate processing, bankruptcy processing, and collections for leading companies in the U.S. and U.K.
Prior to founding Touchstone Communications, Mr. Slone was President of the consumer operations (the largest consumer operation in the world) at Associates First Capital (“The Associates”), which included Transouth, First Family, Kentucky Finance, and AHES, as well as consumer branches in the U.K., Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Canada. At the time of his retirement from The Associates he was responsible for assets of $33 billion and 14,000 employees. In 2000 he was awarded the American Financial Services Association Distinguished Service Award.
Mr. Slone holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a Director of the Alumni Board and a member of the Board of Visitors. In 2005 he received the university’s Legacy Laureate Award, one of its most prestigious awards. He also served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas.
Mr. Slone’s book, Grounders: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey of Baseball, History, and Mentoring, was published in print and e-book form in October 2011. Grounders is the story of a trip he and other mentors took with his three grandsons and four other young men to attend Major League Baseball games in 10 cities in 21 days. The trip provided many opportunities to offer mentoring lessons Mr. Slone has used in business, sports, and life. Grounders includes 33 of these lessons, which can help anyone become a more successful leader, employee, parent, or mentor.
Mr. Slone is a long-time volunteer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and was Chairman of the Tarrant County, Texas BBBS agency. He is actively involved in a need-based scholarship program at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as with H.O.P.E. Farm (in Fort Worth, Texas), for which he recently led a fund drive that generated $1 million for a new gym. Most recently, he led a drive to create a Pakistan Chair at the University of Texas, raising over half a million dollars. He and his wife Fran reside in Colleyville, Texas and have four children and seven grandchildren.
October 21, 2011