Tom was born in Fort Worth and proud to call himself a native Texan. He grew up in Richardson and graduated from Richardson High School in 1972. He attended the University of Arkansas on a tennis scholarship where he played in the #2 position singles and doubles his senior year. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in education.
After college he coached the Texas High School tennis team for a year and a half and loved his time there. Unfortunately, he was taking out loans just to survive with the pay he was receiving so he had no choice but to make a move. He returned to the Dallas area, enrolled at UNT (back then it was called North Texas State University) in Denton. He earned a Master of Education degree while serving as the assistant tennis coach.
From there, Tom entered the oil business with the Western Company of North America in Oklahoma and then Mississippi. He spent two years in the field and although the hours were brutal, he enjoyed his time learning how wells are completed and serviced. He was training to be a service supervisor for wells requiring fracking.
Tom entered the oil business when it was an all-time high and two years later, the market dropped through the floor. With the handwriting on the wall, Tom left the WCNA, came back to Dallas again, and this time was determined to stay.
Without any job prospects, Tom thought real estate might provide him the opportunity to work outside rather than in an office and it proved correct. He was fortunate to find an excellent and well thought of commercial broker who taught him many of the fundamentals early on and spent 14 years selling and leasing commercial properties.
Tom earned the SIOR (Society of Industrial and Office Realtors) designation and was involved in some significant transactions in the way of building sales and leases. Among those was the sale of a 500,000 sf office/warehouse building, four office showroom investment properties for a major insurance company, and a very large 10 year lease with Hitachi Semiconductors, Inc.
After 14 years in commercial real estate, Tom decided if he didn’t really enjoy the business by then, he never would. Although the money was excellent, for him the business itself was very cut and dried and not especially enjoyable. Without any idea on what he would do with his life, he notified all of his commercial clients he was leaving the business, made sure they were taken care of, and walked away cold turkey.
With a new home, wife and young son, and no idea what he was going to do, Tom took a year off to decide on his next path. Since he already had his broker’s license, he thought why not give residential real estate a try? Somehow, he survived as a lone wolf Realtor in his early years teaching himself the business from the ground up.
Fast forward to today and Tom has now led his area of the Multiple Listing Service for twenty consecutive years. He’s also built a team of very strong agents. In 2019, The Grisak Group total sales volume was just shy of $90 million which is exception with only 5 agents.
Tom is slowly building something very special with his team and sees only bright skies ahead. It took some time for Tom to find his calling and no-one is more surprised than he that it ended up residential real estate. He has a real passion for the business and loves helping people with their dreams.