EVP of Business Growth & Engagement, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants and Business Learning Institute

Tom is considered one of the most influential leaders in the global accounting Profession. Tom was named the Second Most Influential Person in Accounting by Accounting Today Magazine since 2011. They described Tom this way, "Hood uniquely combines three vital traits: He sees the future of the profession clearly; he discovers or creates supremely practical ways to move the profession toward that future; and he generates tremendous enthusiasm for the move in everyone he meets."

In 2012 Tom was named one of LinkedIn's Top 100 Influencers and now has over 800,000 followers on LinkedIn and Twitter. He was also one of the first five thought leaders inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame by CPA Practice Advisor.

His passion is helping CPAs and organizations be future-ready through his work at the Business Learning Institute that provides state of the art learning curriculums, strategy and leadership development for the Top 500 CPA Firms, Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, State CPA Societies and even internationally.

His career included being the CEO of MACPA and BLI for twenty-three years and a CFO of a highway construction company before that. He graduated from Loyola University - Maryland with a B.A. in Accounting and has a Masters in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.