Tom Tait

Tom Tait


Tait & Associates

Santa Ana, CA USA

Don’t let fear hold you back.


By Roadtrip Nation

Tom Tait


My road in life has been direct.
I knew when I was in high school that I wanted to become a doctor, so I went to the University of Wyoming as a pre-med major.
While in college, I took a business class that I really enjoyed and ended up changing my major to business—I still took a lot of science classes because I still hoped to become a doctor.
After graduating, I applied to multiple medical schools but was rejected from all of them.
Getting rejected was a huge blow for me, but I decided to move on and enroll in graduate school anyway—I earned both my MBA and law degree from Vanderbilt University.
I started my career as a civil litigation attorney at a big law firm.
After a couple of years at the law firm, I joined my dad at his engineering company, Tait & Associates, where I helped out with legal work and business administration.
I eventually took over for my dad and have been running the business ever since as CEO.
Additionally, I serve on various civil and charitable boards, and was elected mayor of Anaheim, California, in 2010!
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I oversee the overall operations of a civil engineering company.

Career Roadmap

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Accomplishing Goals

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get out there and meet a lot of people. Spend time talking to your teachers outside of class. Doing well in school is very important, but it's not enough anymore just to be an excellent student. Connections and out-of-the-box experience will set you apart. A creative project you start with some friends can show people that you take initiative, have creativity, and can take action on an idea. Try things—get out there and experience the world.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't get up there and give a speech. I'm too afraid to do that."