Upstate Forever

Board of Directors & Advisory Council

Tom Kester

Tom Kester

Tom currently serves as a member of the board of InspireMD, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSPR) and was a board member of Orthofix International, N.V. from 2004 to 2010. He is the Treasurer and board member of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project. Tom is the Chief Financial Officer of Kester Search Group, LLC, an executive recruiting firm that specializes in the permanent placement of senior-level management positions as well as field-based sales reps into medical device, diagnostic, and dental companies throughout the United States. From 2004 until 2019, Tom was either the Chairman or Treasurer of the Conestee Nature Preserve while it acquired and built a 400 acre nature preserve in Greenville County that is the largest park in the City of Greenville. Tom wrote a brief history of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve which is available at or

Tom spent 28 years with KPMG, LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Dublin, Ireland; and Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to his retirement in 2002, he was the managing partner of KPMG’s Greenville office. He is currently a CPA Emeritus in SC. 

Tom holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University. He previously served as an officer on active duty in the US Navy.
In addition to his strong interest in conservation and environmental issues, Tom also enjoys skiing, woodworking, and traveling. Tom and his wife Sandy have two adult sons, Ross and Lee, and the family have called the Upstate home for over 35 years.

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