Thomas M Best (Tom) is a Wealth Advisor in the Melbourne area on Florida’s Space Coast. He earned a Master of Science in Operations Management/Industrial Production at the University of Arkansas in 1988. Tom first entered the financial services field in 1975, obtaining a license to sell life insurance while a student at Valdosta State University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1978. He joined Beacon Wealth Consultants in 2020, bringing financial planning and investment advisory experience spanning nearly four decades.
As a retired Air Force officer who served as a C-130 instructor navigator, as an airlift planner and director, and as a Space Shuttle contingency operations officer, Tom recognizes the critical importance of “planning the flight, then flying the plan.” Over time, Tom also recognized the positive cultural impact of aligning one’s investments with their values, a leading factor in his decision to associate with Beacon Wealth Consultants, a firm that excels in managing Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) portfolios.
Tom's experience also includes service in the late ‘90’s as the District Director to U.S. Representative David Weldon in Florida's 15th Congressional District. Additionally, between 2009-2011, Tom served in Iraq as the strategic liaison between operational combat commanders and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—this related to a classified battle information system used by tactical ground combat forces.
Tom has been married for over 41 years to his wife, Cindy, a former business development officer with over 12 years of experience working with firms specializing in BRI and is now also associated with Beacon Wealth Consultants as a Wealth Advisor. Tom & Cindy have five adult children (all married) and 11 grandchildren.