Tom has been active in retail, office and investment real estate since 1967 and served as President of Gershman Commercial Real Estate from 1993 until 2013 when he bacame Executive Chairman. He has been involved in the development of more than 500,000 square feet of retail properties. In addition, Tom has participated in the purchase/sale of more than $250 million of real estate, and has arranged financing for more than $500 million worth of properties.

He has represented buyers and sellers in numerous investment property transactions, and has raised millions of dollars of equity capital through property syndication. Tom maintains an active tenant representation practice and oversees a property management portfolio in excess of 6,500,000 square feet.

Professional Affiliations

  • St. Louis Association of Realtors (SLAR) (Director, 1997-2003)
  • Missouri REALTORS (Director, 1976-80)
  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
  • SLAR Commercial Division (Past President)
  • Commercial Information Exchange (Past President)
  • Licensed NASD Broker


  • MGA Eads Award, 2014, Missouri Growth Association
  • "Hall of Fame" Inductee, 2013, Midwest Real Estate News
  • Realtor of the Year, 2003, Commercial Division of the St. Louis Association of Realtors


  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    • Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
  • St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
    • Masters in Business Administration Degree in Finance

Community Involvement

  • Evans Scholars Foundation, Past Director
  • Jewish Center for the Aged, Past President
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Past Board Member
  • Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Former Director
  • Missouri Growth Association, Former Vice President
  • Habitat for Neighborhood Business, Director
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, Past Board Member