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Thomas Zoss has been a corporate marketer, attorney, teacher, consultant, foundation administrator, fundraiser, and communications professional.

His higher education began at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (foreign service, then business major). His degrees are in management and administration (Indiana University, Bloomington), law (Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington), and communication arts (University of Notre Dame).

An early career in business management was followed by several years of teaching and consulting. He has helped manage or been president of companies with markets as diverse as industrial rubber goods, musical instruments and consumer electronics. In addition, he worked as director of corporate communications and advertising, heading large creative teams and international marketing efforts in several industries. His work has included management and administration in non-profit and arts organizations, as well.

His teaching credits include a brief stint at the University of Notre Dame, and then several years at Indiana University South Bend, and as a teacher and trainer for Southwestern Michigan College. His subjects included business law, media law, management, writing, public relations and marketing, and other mass communications subjects.

As a full-time business consultant for nearly fifteen years, Zoss worked with business and higher education clients to fix things - to promote orderly growth while avoiding the pitfalls of success through planning, and in fund raising. For more information please click here.

He is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana (now in retired status). He has been active in his community as a fundraiser and grants writer with the public schools and in forming, fundraising, and managing several arts groups, in business and professional groups, and as a volunteer. He helped form and was first Executive Director of the Bloomington Area Arts Council and later served as its president. He was treasurer of the Monroe County Public Library Foundation until 2023, and active on the board of the Bloomington Photography Club for several years.

A former newspaper owner and publisher, magazine editor, and television news editor and director, he has experience at all levels of press relations and publicity. He is a published author of newspaper feature stories, consumer and trade magazine feature articles and specialty market books.

He has been a full-time fundraiser in higher education, and for many years worked in fund raising and philanthropy as administrator of two charitable foundations before his retirement.

On the personal side, he is married to Bernadette, a retired director of editorial, production and design for a scholarly book and journal publisher, and they have two grown children. Tom is also an avid collector, with interests in vintage fountain pens and photography with both digital and vintage film cameras.


Tom and Bernadette have relocated to Chevy Chase, Maryland to be closer to their children.


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