After founding and leading several successful high tech companies in California and Maryland over the last 35 years, Tom McPherson and his wife, Kathy, decided in 2008 to retire in the Village of Pinehurst.
“We knew we wanted to retire back down here somewhere - the main driver was getting closer to family and getting to a better pace and quality of life,” Tom says. He and Kathy have two grandchildren in Charlotte, a quick 2 hour drive from the village.
Tom’s grandparents grew up in Hoke County, and he had experience in the Sandhills as a kid. Even before moving back down to North Carolina permanently, he joined Forest Creek Golf Club and came down from Maryland to play golf. When Kathy joined him on a trip, she fell in love with the Norman Rockwell-like downtown area.
Tom and Kathy love how convenient Moore County is to the Triangle and the Raleigh/Durham International airport, but also that it's removed from the traffic in Raleigh.
“When we lived in Maryland, we spent more time traveling from home to the Washington, DC airport than we do now getting to RDU.”
Needless to say, “retiring” was not synonymous with “slowing down” for the North Carolina natives. Tom knew he would still be working some. He currently consults for a company in Ohio and sits on the N.C. State Engineering board.
“Between travel and the power of the Internet,” Tom explained, “ you can work almost anywhere and live here.”
With a strong entrepreneurial background, Tom also helped get Moore Forward (Moore County’s hub for entrepreneurs) off the ground. At this stage in his life, Tom says he doesn’t see himself starting another company, but wants to help other people do the same.
Tom thinks there are lots of people like him in the community that would like to be able to apply their entrepreneurial skills. Moore Forward creates that network of engagement between entrepreneurs and intellectual capital.
"There's so much potential here with the assets we have,” Tom said. “Healthcare and networks of doctors, military ties, and a lifestyle that's attractive to folks with a tech background, either out of a home office or a small office. You don't need to be in Raleigh to do that - you can be here. This area has all the right ingredients to produce entrepreneurs, and we can be a catalyst to help them build their business."
Along with all the great amenities and access to healthcare, Tom says he and Kathy also love being located in the middle of the state, with great golf and easy access to the beach and the mountains.
“It’s ideal for us.”