Thomas A. (Tom) Ross is a former Major in the U.S. Army Special Forces, an elite unit also known as the "Green Berets." In 1968, as a young 2nd Lieutenant, Tom was assigned as the Intelligence (S2) and Operations (S3) Officer of Detachment A-502, with the 5th Special Forces Group in South Vietnam. After more that a year of intensive unconventional warfare training, Tom's arrival in Vietnam coincided with the infamous 1968 Tet Offensive. During his tour of duty as a military advisor he was given the rare and unique opportunity to organize and lead a prisoner rescue mission that liberated 165 mountain villagers. The rescue mission was documented by CBS Television and aired on the morning news, afternoon news, and The Evening News with Walter Cronkite in August of 1968. The mission received additional national and international coverage through other news media, including United Press International, the Reuter's news agency and Scripps-Howard. When his active military service ended, Tom pursued a career path very different from the one he had just left. As an executive in the luxury goods industry he had many opportunities to meet celebrities and important public figures. Tom has worked on a wide variety of community events and charitable affairs with internationally recognized personalities, such as Audrey Hepburn, for whom he hosted a special "Breakfast at Tiffany's" event very different from his wartime assignments. Receiving recognition for his community and humanitarian efforts, Tom was presented with the Georgia Outstanding Citizen award as well as the People of Vision Award. He has been a platform speaker, has lectured at university level and served on community boards. He has been invited to provide media interviews and has been profiled in various social and business publications. He has appeared on local, national and international radio and television, including CNN, CNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC.