Name: Tom Gates
Your position at JoycePayne Partners: Financial Strategist
Education background: BA: Politics/History; MA: Management and Organization Behavior; MS: Finance; Professional: Certified Financial Planner, Certified Cash Manager; Military: Field Artillery Advanced Course, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Describe your family: Wife, Annette, the most versatile human being I know; Son, Harrison, Lawyer, Smart, Penetrating, another Edmund Burke
What motivates you? Learning, gaining perspective on all facets of the human experience whether material or spiritual
What are your hobbies/charities/sports (active or fan)? Spend a lot of personal time keeping our 1787 family farm in good shape; volunteer at Fisher House Richmond; Serve on the Dean and Faculty Committees at University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies; teach three classes at UR: Survey of Accounting, Survey of Finance and Business Literacy
What is your favorite childhood memory? Spending a weekend at the 1964 New York World’s Fair
What was your favorite vacation or what is your favorite vacation spot? Every year during spring breaks, Harrison and I would get in the car and travel the U.S. as far as we could within the time we had. There is no better experience than spending quality time traveling with your children during their formative years. For you, it is a visit back to your youth where you have the perspective to enjoy it.
Are you a cat or dog person? Dog, dog, dog, dog……
What is your most memorable or favorite book? Wealth and Poverty. I make all of my students read it; the greatest defense of Capitalism ever written. The Gulag Archipelago. The greatest defense of the human spirit ever written.
What is your most memorable or favorite movie? Blackhawk Down
What is your favorite food or type of food? Anything pasta.
Anything else so interesting you can’t hold back?!? My junior year in college, during an ROTC demonstration, I rappelled 200 feet from a helicopter into a lake, sustained second degree burns on my hands and was excused from all exams because I could not hold a pen. When one of my professors demanded proof of the injury, he became violently ill upon sight of the evidence. I was a rock star at my university for a solid week.