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Tommy Preston
Tommy Preston

Tommy Preston


North Charleston, SC USA

"One of the best lessons that I’ve learned in life is to really work hard and do the best job where you are, always recognizing that someone’s watching you. It’s going to be those people that are watching that are going to help take you to the next level."

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Tommy's work combines: Law, Business, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Vice President of Ethics

I lead a team of global professionals who are responsible for ensuring a compliant culture in the company.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Political Science and Government, General

    University of South Carolina-Columbia

  • Doctorate


    University of South Carolina-Columbia

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Vice President of Ethics:

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science and Government, General

Doctorate: Law

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I grew up in Clemson, South Carolina—growing up with a prominent university practically in my backyard really put the importance of education top of mind.

  • 2.

    I spent my summers working for my grandfather at his construction company, which taught me a lot about the value of hard work.

  • 3.

    I went to the University of South Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and government followed by a law degree.

  • 4.

    After law school, I went on to practice law in Columbia, South Carolina, working on corporate issues for clients like Boeing.

  • 5.

    A few years later, Boeing actually presented me with an opportunity to work with them internally—I joined Boeing as the director of national strategy and engagement.

  • 6.

    I spent six years learning and growing in that position before being promoted to my current position as vice president of ethics.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    You're not going to be successful.

  • How I responded:

    We've all had people in our lives who have told us that we're not going to be successful or we're not going to achieve something. You just have to brush those people off and realize that it's not other people's perceptions of you that define you—you define yourself. Your success hinges on how hard you're willing to work. Surround yourself with positive people who will help lift you up, not people who are going to hold you back and keep you down.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I'm the first in my family to graduate from a four-year college. I'm a big believer in having many mentors for ample support, especially through new or challenging experiences.