Tom Chappell is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, and author. After he and his wife, Kate, an artist, settled in Maine to live a lifestyle closely connected to nature, they founded Tom’s of Maine in 1970 which became a pioneer and leader in the natural personal care business. Their legacy of a belief that a business can be environmentally sensitive, socially responsible, and profitable lives on with Tom’s of Maine under its new owners, Colgate-Palmolive, Inc. Since the sale in 2006, Colgate has continued to support the practice of these values .
Tom has had a life-long interest in the responsibility of the corporation to society and has written two books on business ethics. The Soul of a Business, 1993, sets a standard for the moral corporation. Managing Upside Down, 1999, defines a set of tools for leaders to manage with both head and heart together, called The Seven Intentions of Values-Centered Leadership. A 1961 graduate of Moses Brown School in Providence, Trinity College in 1966 with a BA in English, and Harvard Divinity School in 1991 with a Masters in Theological Studies. Tom is on the Trinity College Board of Trustees, and is a Harvard Divinity School Deans Council Member.
Concerned about environmental and community sustainability, Tom and Kate now own a sheep farm to produce fine wool for their use in recreating a regional supply chain to produce next- to-the-skin fine apparel, shirts, and jackets under the name, Ramblers Way Farm that launched in 2009. Additionally, their home and offices in Kennebunk operate on geothermal energy while preparing to complete a sustainable lifestyle with solar energy as well. They are both active in Maine philanthropy.