TOM BLOCH

Tom Bloch is an author, speaker, educator, entrepreneur, former CEO of H&R Block, and the son of Henry Bloch.

Tom worked closely with his father at H&R Block for nearly two decades. Henry was Chairman of the Board when Tom was President and Chief Executive Officer. Their offices were next to each other. Thirty years earlier, when Tom was a youngster in school, Henry would occasionally pull his son out of class to accompany him on business trips. With the exception of Marion, his wife of 59 years, no one knows Henry Bloch better than Tom. This book benefits from their relationship.

When Tom Bloch stepped down as CEO of H&R Block in 1995, his career change to inner-city teacher drew national media attention. In 2000, he co-founded the highly praised University Academy, an urban college preparatory charter school of 1,100 students, where he taught middle school math and served as board President. Tom's critically acclaimed book, Stand for the Best, chronicles his journey from the corporate boardroom to a central city classroom.

Tom Bloch is Vice Chairman of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Board of Trustees, and he is President of the Endowment Board of the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Adminstration at UMKC. Tom is also a founding board member of the UMKC Foundation. He served on the H&R Block board from 1983 to 1995, and then from 2000 to 2010. Tom and his wife Mary live in Kansas City, Missouri. They have two sons, Jason and Teddy.

 Henry and Tom