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Meet the Inspirational Author of Man Shoes

A highly successful business leader and a dynamic international speaker and consultant, Tom Watson is dedicated to inspiring people to strive for excellence in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. Tom is a customer service specialist and a true entrepreneur, having built a variety of successful businesses from the ground up. For example, he is the owner and founder of Recreation Excellence, a highly successful recreation services and facility management company. Tom also founded and leads Your Better Life, a company committed to empowering people to achieve balanced success, both at work and at home.

In addition to his professional experience as a business leader, Tom has an extensive educational background, including an undergraduate degree in Recreation & Parks and a Masters in Human Leisure Development. He has also successfully completed training in dozens of courses and programs in the fields of leisure and recreation, customer service, public speaking, and coaching.

Tom attributes his business success to the lessons he has learned through sport. As a young man, Tom was a successful multi-sport athlete with a highly competitive spirit. His passion for sport ultimately led to a successful amateur coaching career, during which Tom has coached football, basketball, volleyball and hockey teams to championships. He has worked with elite teams like the Vancouver Canucks and the British Columbia Lions in hosting pre-season training camps and championship games. He has also organized and hosted many other provincial, national and international sporting events in curling, hockey, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse and more.

Testament to Tom's positive attitude, resilience, competitive spirit and commitment to helping people live a better life is his heart-warming life story, Man Shoes. As Tom describes in Man Shoes, he has experienced a rich life brimming with love, tempered by heartache and loss, cemented by traditions, and enriched with laughter and shared stories. The key to Tom's continuing success is his deep and abiding faith, his infectious sense of humour, an unquenchable thirst for life, and a strong reliance on traditions, which have helped him shape a positive world view while celebrating each special moment in his life, from the miniscule to the monumental.

Tom is an active member of many organizations, in which he functions as a board member and team leader. He has travelled to Africa, helping governments in Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda to establish sport and recreation systems and networks. In addition, Tom inspired his employees at Recreation Excellence to fund-raise and finance the construction of 56 homes in Zambia. Tom has also helped sponsor well-digging projects in Kenya and helped to send more than 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses to Haiti.

Tom now resides with his wife Kathy, three sons Brad, Kelly, and Jordan, and dog Radar in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.