In the past five years, IBM Retiree Tom Trotter has volunteered over 5000 hours at 12 not-for-profit organizations. “Tom Trotter = Volunteer Extraordinaire!” explained Chris E. Wallace, President/CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce which awarded Trotter the Jennings Smith Community Volunteerism Award. This annual award recognizes the Irving, Texas, US citizen who most represents the spirit of volunteerism in the city. “I continue to be amazed at his commitment and passion toward assisting a diverse group of nonprofit organizations. As our Chamber’s Vice Chairman, Tom has provided valuable expertise on governance and best practices. He stresses the importance of managing our Chamber like a business so that our members (investors) receive a positive return on their investments.”
In his extensive volunteerism in strategic leadership roles, he has utilized many IBM Corporate Citizenship programs including On Demand Community, SME Toolkit, KidSmart, Reading Companion, and Traducelo Ahora – to name a few – and has been recognized locally and nationally for his efforts.
As an IBM employee and now as a retiree, Trotter logged his volunteer hours in IBM's On Demand Community web site, which provides volunteer solutions to use in community organizations and classrooms as well as the opportunity to apply for community grants for the organizations he serves. Over the years IBM has awarded cash and technology donations based on Trotter’s volunteer work
“I would have never been able to be so successful in my home town community without the innovative IBM solutions. The technology that IBM donated enhanced the productivity of the organizations. The leadership skills I learned at IBM facilitated my election to positions of influence in the nonprofit world. I can't imagine a richer retirement than one that is filled with the volunteerism I began at IBM,” stated Trotter.