Tom Proctor graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1982 with a degree in Geology. For the next ten years he worked with several large earth science consulting firms in the Raleigh area with various technical and project management roles. He eventually moved his family to Charlotte and managed an eight person branch for a North Carolina-based environmental consulting operation. In 1993, Tom and two partners started their own environmental consulting firm in Raleigh. Borrowing money from family and friends and living month-to-month off of credit cards, the three started their business, Mid-Atlantic Associates, Inc. The original business was originally located in space over a partner’s garage in Knightdale. After a slow start, the company began steadily growing through implementation of a strategic marketing approach, the hiring of key personnel and the acquisition of several small competitors around the state. Over the next 20 years, Mid-Atlantic grew to an operation consisting of four branch locations with annual revenues of about $7 million and almost 40 administrative and professional staff.
Tom has many years of experience in starting, managing and growing a small business, multiple complex projects and working with numerous professional and administrative people. He was both the CEO and the operations manager of Mid-Atlantic for over a decade and increased profitability year over year by carefully managing costs and expenses while retaining both professional and administrative personnel through The Great Recession. He believes that a company’s staff is its most important asset and has always treated employees as he would like to be treated, with courtesy and respect. He also expects an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay from his staff.
On a personal note, Tom has been married to his wife, Jo Ann, for 28 years. They have two children, Sarah and Aaron. He is active in his church, Grace Community Church, where he has served on the board of elders and on the finance committee. He is also active in the community and currently is chairman of the Board of Directors of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency headquartered in Raleigh. His personal interests include golf, reading, and saltwater fishing.