Tom Hart, Past President

Tom is a California native who came to Las Vegas in 1994.  He is a graduate of Chapman College, where he played varsity basketball for four years.  After graduation, he had a brief tryout for professional basketball and became convinced that he was better suited to be a coach.  He and his wife, Nancy, graduated in 1964 and began their professional careers as high school teachers.  He taught U.S. History and coached basketball in Orange County, California.  His teams were very successful, making the playoffs seven out of ten years.

Tom left teaching and entered the residential construction profession.  He began his career as an assistant superintendent with Broadmoor Homes, where he soon became a superintendent and was involved in projects in Yorba Linda and Seal Beach California.  He left Broadmoor to accept a position as Project Manager with Irvine Pacific (the residential division of the Irvine Company).  He became a Project Director and was primarily responsible for the design, processing, budgeting, and construction of two villages, Windwood and The Oaks.

Tom left Irvine Pacific to accept a position as Vice President of Operations with R & B Enterprises in Los Angeles, California.  This position was primarily responsible for the renovation/remodel of all of the Oakwood Apartments.  There were 44 sites located in 27 states. The scope of work consisted of over 20,000 one and two bedroom units and involved extensive travel throughout the continental United States.  This project received the largest loan granted to date by G.E. Finance, ($266,000,000.00), but was only 40% completed due to an economic down turn.  I believe this to be the most challenging position I have ever had.

The next professional location for Tom was FHP which was an HMO located in Fountain Valley, California.  Tom was Director of Development and Construction. In this position, Tom was responsible for working with various regions throughout the west and southwest to design, budget and construct medical facilities.  These facilities included, but were not limited to, administration centers, medical office buildings, specialty centers, primary care centers and hospitals.  FHP was publicly traded and was purchased by Pacific Care.  It was during this process, that Tom came to Las Vegas to complete a 60,000 square foot, three story office building located in McCarran Center, Las Vegas.

From FHP, Tom accepted a position with Thomas & Mack.  He was named Senior Vice President of Construction.   In this position, he was responsible for planning, estimating and  processing of all infrastructure, shell, and tenant improvement construction for three master planned office and industrial business parks.  They were McCarran Center, Las Vegas Tech Center II and Blue Diamond Business Park.  While in this position, he served as Chairman of the Las Vegas Technical Center II Architectural Committee for the City of Las Vegas.

After leaving Thomas & Mack, Tom accepted a position as Senior Vice President of Design, Development and Construction for Investment Equity Development.  In this position, he was responsible for design, budgeting, processing, and construction of over a one and one half million square feet of small office product for sale.  Projects were located throughout the Las Vegas Valley and Phoenix, Arizona.

Tom now has his own consulting business and works with foreclosures, receivers, banks and other lenders to estimate and complete unfinished commercial, industrial, and retail projects. Tom has been married to Nancy for 43 years and has two children, Chris and Jeff.  Chris is a Project Manager who now works for Receivers, Banks, and Hedge Fund Financial Groups to complete foreclosed, incomplete projects. Jeff is a Civil Engineer who lives in California with his wife, Jill, and two daughters, Bella and Aubree.  He works for Coachella Valley Water District as an Area Manager.

Tom has been a member of Los Vaqueros since the beginning.  He was President for five years and is currently a board member serving as Past President.  During his tenure as President, Los Vaqueros has formed lasting relationships with the National Guard, Lowman Elementary School, Three Square Meals, Goodie Two Shoes, ConKerr Cancer, and the Candlelighters, as well as individual grants to children in need.  It was during his tenure that the slogan, “Feeding Children at Risk and Having Fun Doing It” was implemented.

The golf tournament has increased its revenue each year that Tom was President, with 2011 netting over $25,000.00.  Also, during his Presidency, Los Vaqueros began a second fund raiser, the annual Poker Tournament in 2011.

During Tom’s Presidency, the Board of Directors was reorganized and the process for appointing and selecting organization officers, their length of service and successors was finalized.