Tom Scarda is a dynamic speaker, small business expert, Certified Franchise Expert, motivator and author of Franchise Savvy and The Magic of Choosing Uncertainty: How to Manage Change, Embrace Fear and Live a Fulfilled Life.
More than 20 years ago, searching for his inner drive, Tom left college and submerged himself in the motorcycle underworld in lower Manhattan. This made his mother worry. It was the first time Tom chose uncertainty over the status quo.
After four years of life in a motorcycle gang in NYC, Tom got a respectable job in the New York Subway system, but became frustrated with the bureaucracy and politics. So he left his job and pension to pursue his dreams of business ownership. This also made his mother worry.
In 2000, he purchased a national smoothie franchise, which he sold five years later for a considerable profit. Tom has owned and operated both franchised and non-franchised businesses. He was the #1 franchisee of the year in one concept and failed miserably in another franchise concept. The lessons he learned from failure is what makes him such an expert.
After selling his smoothie franchise, Tom has been helping people figure out if franchising is for them since 2005. Tom previously hosted “The Franchise Hour” radio show in New York City. He has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers and is a sought-after radio guest. His mom has stopped worrying.
Named one of the top 50 business leaders on Long Island by Long Island Business News, Tom lives with his wife Gina and two dogs, and is the proud father of two grown children. He enjoys flying airplanes in his spare time.
Tom’s mantra is “There are no wrong turns, just different experiences.” However, some folks just move in circles. Tom believes that everyone has a passion sleeping within his or her soul. Tom’s mission is to help people harvest their own passion for the betterment of the world. He inspires people to surf on the edge of their comfort zone and choose uncertainty over unhappiness.