by Sophie Wackerman, Tennis Assistant at Maui Country Club
You may know him on the court as a tennis athlete, see him heading out with his kiteboard, or noticed him digging, constructing, or installing with his toolbox in hand; but who really is Tom Glesne?
This “man behind the scenes’ is quite handy to have around for just about any problem solving dilemma. And when I say dilemma I mean anything from getting the lid off of the pickle jar to rewiring electrical systems and building space crafts.
A graduate of the University of Virginia in Astrophysics, Glesne currently works for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In his not so down time he contributes largely to the Club in any way he can. He is currently helping with the court reconstruction by rewiring the tennis area power system and altering water lines. Before that he saved courts 3&4 for continued play and enjoyment during their last months of life. He is endlessly enhancing the efficiency and appeal of Maui Country Club and bringing new ideas to the table.
Tom worked his way through college as a DJ; loves music and everything electronic. As the court reconstruction was in its current “resting” phase, a courtside conversation produced the idea for a “roller derby” skate party to take advantage of the unfinished surface with some fun on wheels. Tom ran with the idea from promotion to dusting off his in-line skates, setting the playlist and bringing in the sound system – complete with lights – and everyone had a blast!
Glesne chairs Maui Country Club’s tennis committee and is a tireless volunteer, inspiring others to join him in projects that have made the MCC tennis facility the best it has ever been. Working closely with Club tennis pro Cason Mays, the program for both adults and junior tennis players is growing and thriving. “We are so thankful for Tom’s generosity, countless hours, impeccable standards, skill and expertise,” said Mays “he is amazing!”
Bruce Nagel says
I had the opportunity to meet Tom and it was wonderful getting to know him. I wish we had Tom as a member at the club I work at, the Kailua Racquet Club on Oahu. But, it looks like we may do a fun tennis exchange with you. Thanks Tom, and as the caption reads “YOU ROCK!”
Maui Country Club says
Mahalo nui loa Bruce, we’re thankful for the CMAA conference coming to Maui and the chance to meet! Our tennis players will definitely enjoy this new association with Kailua Racquet Club.
Barb Litten says
I know Tom from working at NASA GSFC, he’s a good guy and was a great friend. Sure miss him here in MD.
Maui Country Club says
Agree Barb! Thanks for your comment, which I forwarded to Tom – you should hear from him soon!