Hospice of Santa Barbara Welcomes New Board Member Tom Sturgess

Tom Sturgess, new board member for Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome Tom Sturgess to its Board of Directors.

Sturgess brings a wealth of leadership experience and business acumen to Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Board.

He achieved honours at California State University, a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School, then went on to Ernst and Young as a certified Public Accountant and consultant for their National Headquarters.

He served as an Acting Platoon Leader with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam as well as a Fire Apparatus Engineer for the California Division of Forestry. 

Prior to his immigration to New Zealand in 1996, Tom was a founder of Wingate Partners and held Chairman and CEO positions at United Stationers Inc., Redman Industries Inc., and RBP Holdings Inc. He was also president of the Distribution Division of Swift Independent Corp, the second largest U.S. meat processor at the time, as well as Executive Chairman of A&R Whitcoulls Group Holdings Pty Limited, Australasia’s largest book retailer.

Mr. Sturgess currently serves as Executive Chairman and co-owner of Blue Star Print Holdings, New Zealand’s largest commercial print conglomerate, and Executive Chairman of the Tiri Group, a New Zealand-based manufacturing company. He serves as a Board Member for the Golden Bay Community Trust, Mercury Capital Ltd Private Equity Fund, High Health Alliance and Direct Relief International.

“I am honored to serve on Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors,” Sturgess said. “Hospice of Santa Barbara is a tremendous resource, for those experiencing grief at any stage of life, and for our entire community to navigate together through the challenges of community loss.”

“We welcome Tom Sturgess and the experience he brings in so many important areas including his corporate leadership, his tour of service for our country, his global perspective and compassion for people working together to make organizations successful at any scale,” said David Selberg, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Santa Barbara. 

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a serious illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on eight local junior and high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org.

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