Thomas “Tom” Patrick Carroll
It is with great sadness that we wish to advise of the passing of one of our principal consultants, Tom Carroll.
We’re remembering Tom, and cherishing the wisdoms he so graciously shared with us over the years.
Tom Carroll, 35+ year industry sales, business development veteran and strategic marketing professional, was born May 25, 1960 in Stuttgart, Germany to Bennie J. and Monika Margarethe Carroll. He died from complications related to his battle with cancer September 17, 2021 in Fort Wayne, IN, his hometown for many years, surrounded by loved ones.
One of Tom’s first jobs in the industry included packing pencils when he lived in Shelbyville, TN. He grew to love the promotional products industry and flourished in various sales, marketing and executive positions with a wide variety of supplier companies. Tom’s excitement for, and grasp of new technologies led him to guide a great many supplier firms in the realms of web and social media marketing, along with more traditional marketing plans and options. He founded the first industry exclusive job board, PromoGigs.com, and grew into a premier consultant to many industry firms. In his later years Tom shared commitment to our industry with a strong foray into the advertising agency sector.
Tom was blessed with a beautiful daughter, Delaney, whom he loved beyond words, and he never tired of touting her many talents and accomplishments.
A true Eagle Scout, Tom was always willing to share his knowledge and skills, mentoring many young and seasoned promotional product professionals. As one close friend and beneficiary of Tom’s mentoring, Scott A true Eagle Scout, Tom was always willing to share his knowledge and skills, mentoring many young and seasoned promotional product professionals. As one close friend and beneficiary of Tom’s mentoring, Scott Lange, of Lange Marketing (Aakron Line) advised, “Tom was quick to extend a warm handshake and hug just before asking, “how you doing” – Tom remembered your kids’ names, hometowns and small details about everyone he ever met, and he genuinely cared about his friends in the industry, all of whom will greatly miss his forward thinking, authentic enthusiasm and laughter.”
“Tom always brought new perspectives and detailed analysis to projects or opportunities,” stated long time friend and colleague, Mary Kilburn of DinoMar. “And he always kept us on track with best practices and the latest technologies. That twinkle in his eye was a signal that he had something exciting to share, and he used his wry humor to cajole rather than correct any missteps we may have been taking. Even through his struggles in these past few months, his drive kept the rest of us on our game. We will truly miss our long-distance cocktails, think tanks, and most importantly the love and care of a true friend.”
Tom gave generously of his time, talents and resources to many worthy organizations; volunteering, counseling and of course providing many promotional products to help those organizations gain exposure, support, and donations. In Tom’s spirit of giving, Memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Northeast Indiana by visiting here
Tom is survived by his daughter Delaney Carroll of Fort Wayne, IN; parents Bennie J. and Monika Margarethe Carroll of Madison, AL; and brother Chris Carroll of Denver, CO; as well as countless friends and admirers.