Thomas G. Cotter
Davidson, North Carolina
With a degree in criminology and some sales experience, Tom's real passion was automobiles and motor sports. He moved in that direction in 1983 when he went to work for Dick Bauer, an accomplished automotive marketing and public relations executive in New York.
In 1985, Tom scored big with a position as Director of Public Relations at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. During the next four years, Tom became known worldwide for his "out-of-the-box" strategies.
In 1989, he started his own agency....Cotter Communications, with one employee and one client. His business grew at a rapid pace and became so diversified, it soon became Cotter Group. Services expanded beyond public relations to incorporate marketing, promotions, hospitality, licensing, mobile marketing, corporate investment management, publishing and consulting.
From a small, rented house, with no heat, Cotter Group moved to its own, 14000 SF headquarters, in the shadow of Lowes Motor Speedway in 1984. Clients grew to more than 20 and his staff grew to more than 80 professionals.
In the summer of 2000, Cotter Group was acquired by entertainment powerhouse, ClearChannel Entertainment. ClearChannel merged Cotter with two additional marketing services firms to form CMI, a full service, global event marketing and promotions agency.
Beyond the high-speed environments of the race track and the agency, Tom devotes much of his time to charitable causes.
He organized the 1986 and 1988 Hayride 500's, in which caravans of North Carolina based NASCAR transporters delivered hay and other supplies to drought-stricken farmers in the South and Midwest.
In 1999 Tom coordinated the 3rd Hayride 500. More than 81 trucks delivered 4.9 million pounds of donated supplies to Rocky Mount, NC for distribution to the flood-ravaged victims of Hurricane Floyd.
Tom is Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center in Asheville, NC.
Tom has also dedicated time and resources to Motor Racing Outreach Camp CARE and The Children's Miracle Network.
He sits on the Pastoral Council of St. Mark's Church in Huntersville, NC.
Tom keeps his hand on the pulse of the auto industry as a contributing editor to Road & Track Magazine
He is an industry consultant to the Wall Street Journal and the Speedvision television network.
Tom actively campaigns a Morris Minor and a Mini Cooper in VSCCA events.
Beside his TD, he has numerous Woody's, and, a '65 AC Cobra that was featured in the February 2002 issue of Road & Track.