Thomas (Tom) W. Lawrence III, Leon Levine Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Healthcare, education, Jewish values, human services, community

CONTACT: (704) 817-6502, tlawrence@leonlevinefoundation.org

PROFILE: Thomas W. Lawrence III is the executive director of the Leon Levine Foundation. He started with the foundation in 2002 as CFO.

His professional bio shares:

Tom Lawrence is the executive director and a member of the board of directors of The Leon Levine Foundation. In 2002, Tom joined the Levine family office as chief financial officer to oversee the personal finances, tax compliance and investment portfolio management for the family and its Foundation. He previously worked in the Family Wealth Planning division of Arthur Andersen in Charlotte and with the general services group of McGladrey & Pullen in Richmond, Virginia. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond. He and his wife, Gina, have two young children.

Lawrence’s 40 Under 40 profile from 2013 shares the following:

Education: University of Richmond, B.S.B.A. in accounting, 1996
Career history: McGladrey & Pullen, general services, 1996-2000; Arthur Andersen, family wealth planning, 2000-02; current position, 2002-present
Family: Wife, Gina.
Neighborhood: Berkeley
Greatest business accomplishment of the past year: Achieving the business goals of L&L Management
Greatest civic accomplishment of the past year: Helping to oversee the launch of Project LIFT
Current civic/volunteer activities: The Leon Levine Foundation, board; Project LIFT, board; Community Catalyst Fund, board; Providence United Methodist Church, co-chair, missions committee; YMCA, girls soccer coach
What you like best about living in the Charlotte region: Charlotte is a very open place, and people who move here can find welcoming groups of Charlotteans in so many places.
The most important issue facing the region: A decrease in the number of talented young professionals becoming involved as volunteers in causes they are passionate about
Your most valued mentor: Leon Levine. I have learned more about business, investing, philanthropy and life in my last 10 years working for him than I could have thought possible.
Last book read: The Big Miss, Hank Haney
Last movie seen: Wreck-It Ralph
Last vacation: Blowing Rock
Favorite website: www.beginnertriathlete.com
Favorite possession: Golf clubs
Hobbies: Golf, fishing, outdoors, exercise
Hero: My parents are my heroes for teaching me so many important life lessons. Their example of family is one my wife and I work hard to emulate.
Fantasy job: I’m working in it now
One-word description of self: Lucky