Thom Gossom Jr.

Award-winning Hollywood TV and Film Actor, Nationally Recognized Keynote Speaker, World Known Athlete, and Best-selling Author

Topics: Business, Communication, Education, Inspiration, Motivation

“I was the first one in my family to go to college. I walked onto the football field at Auburn University in the beginning of integration, earned a scholarship and became the first African American athlete to graduate the University. That was a springboard for me. What I got out of that experience was that there was nothing I couldn’t attempt to do.” ~Thom Gossom Jr. 

Thom Gossom Jr. defied all odds, and as a sought-after Keynote Speaker is on a mission to help others do the same!

He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Auburn University and furthered his education with a Master of Arts in Communication from The University of Montevallo.

As an Award-winning Actor, you may remember him in: "NYPD Blue," "In the Heat of the Night", "CSI", "Boston Legal", "West Wing", "Cold Case", "Touched by an Angel", "ER", "Chicago Hope", and "Without a Trace."  

Feature films to his credit include “Fight Club,” “Jeepers Creepers 2” and “Ms. Evers’ Boy,” one of the first major films made for HBO and in which he played a lead. He was featured in the HBO special, "Breaking the Huddle", about the integration of Southern College Football.

Mr. Gossom's theatre roles include, "Speak of Me As I Am". a critically acclaimed one-man play that he wrote, "Fences" and "American Buffalo." "Quiet Courage" is a film he wrote and produced in association with Auburn University.

Gossom's writing credits include his published memoir, "Walk-On: My Reluctant Journey To Integration at Auburn University", which chronicles his role in collegiate football history, and "A Slice of Life", a collection of "life stories" woven around themes of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. 

Thom has come full circle in life; from a walk-on determined athlete in challenging times, using the education he received to become a successful Corporate America leader, succeeding as an Award-winning Hollywood Actor, becoming a best-selling author and film producer, owning his own company-Best Gurl Inc., a Communications Firm, being a sought after Keynote Speaker, serving as the Chair of the Auburn University Foundation Board, which is the first university in the state to raise $1 billion in a fundraising campaign, to now inspiring, motivating, educating and entertaining audiences all over the country;  instilling it is possible to live and keep living your dreams and goals.

Some of his most requested topics include:

  •     The Film of My life 
  •     Access and Inclusion 
  •     The Billion-Dollar Campaign 
  •     The Moments of Our Lives 
  •     I Never Had an Entourage 

"Thom is a blue-chip storyteller of passion, wit and wisdom"
                       ~Alfree Woodard, Award-winning Actress

Thom Gossom Jr. is the Keynote Speaker you won't want to miss booking as your next Commencement Speaker, Conference Keynote, or your Executive Retreat. 

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