Tommy was born and raised in Norway, but an early affinity for wine and food lead him to the south of France, and then onto Paris, where he spent five years in the restaurant business, specializing in accounting, while falling for red Burgundy. Tommy then spent seven years in Chicago, establishing himself in high-end wine retail. As operations and distribution manager for Knightsbridge Wine Shoppe in Northbrook, Illinois—he gained broad, deep exposure through the lens of on-premise fine wine sales. In addition to working with collectors, he assisted with annual budgets, wine futures, payroll and daily reports, while managing shipping, receiving, and product management for multi-million-dollar inventory.
Tommy was with Vinfolio from 2004 to 2017, leaving as director of sourcing and head wine buyer for the online retailer and cellar management company. Not only was he head wine buyer for one of the largest online fine wine retailers in the US, but he was responsible for all import buying and an integral member of executive management team. Tommy is now the Wine Director at Soutirage, and he still has a penchant for mature Burgundy.