THOMAS HALL, CHAIRMAN
Tom Hall, chairman of Tucker/Hall, works with clients as a marketing and communications strategist for corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Hall headed Ensslin & Hall Advertising and Public Relations, which became one of Florida’s largest advertising agencies and received more than 500 awards for creative excellence. In 1989, Hall sold the agency to the Earle Palmer Brown Companies of Bethesda, Maryland, one of the top 25 agencies in the U.S.
From 1990 to 1995, Hall was chairman of the Governor’s Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida (PDFF). Under Hall’s leadership, PDFF developed a nationally recognized system of media partnering to run highly effective public service advertising campaigns, which has been adapted by 31 similar organizations around the country. PDFF also developed the “Drugs Don’t Work” marketing program used nationally by the President’s Drug Advisory Council.
In marketing circles, Hall is well known as the founder of the successful Creative Seminar programs, which are now owned by ADWEEK magazine, Since their inception, the seminars have attracted more than 14,000 advertising professionals from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Hall is a member of the board of ADWEEK’s Creative Seminars in New York.
Hall was also president of Advanced Management Research of North America based in New York. AMR provided educational programs, primarily to Fortune 1000 companies in major markets throughout the United States. AMR produced business programs on leveraged buyouts, going public, executive compensation and Marketing Warfare.
Born and raised in Lakeland, Hall attended Lake Forest College and holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. He is founding chairman of the Advertising Advisory Council of the School of Journalism at the University of Florida. He belonged to the Executive Committee, a business education group in the Tampa Bay area, and is a former member of the Business Advisory Council of the University of Tampa College of Business. In 1999, Hall was appointed to the Florida Film Advisory Commission by Senate President Toni Jennings. Hall is a former chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, past co-chairman of the Fellows Forum of the University of Tampa, and current co-chair of the Florida Aquarium Foundation.
Hall is the co-author of Ruthless Focus, a book about business strategy and organizational design based upon his decades of experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. You can obtain a copy of his book at ruthlessfocus.com.