Tom first understood the void of professionals providing best practice teaching for children with autism as a parent of a child with autism. He was on a quest to find the missing link and once he discovered the benefits of teaching based on ABA that emphasizes Verbal Behavior for this population his mission was reset. Tom has afforded himself the education, experience and opportunity to help as many children with autism and their families as he can. His ability to do this parallels the miles he has traveled to accomplish this goal. He is a pioneer in bringing these teaching methods to people who teach children with autism and other developmental disabilities all over the world. Tom is sincere, generous, empathetic, and gifted in his ability to change people’s lives. I am honored and blessed to have him in my life as a colleague and dear friend.