Honoring Tom Saine our Chief Information Officer, Leader, and Friend
Committed. Hardworking. Experienced. Genuine. Passionate. A force. Dependable. Irreplaceable. A good man.
These are just a few of the ways people have described Tom Saine, who spent more than 20 years helping to build Spok into the company it is today. Tom and his wife, Carolyn, lost their lives on Aug. 30, 2018, in a tragic accident.
“The entire Spok family is heartbroken and shocked by this tragedy,” says Vince Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Spok Holdings, Inc. “No one in the company has worked harder than Tom Saine or put more into making Spok the best company it can be. It’s a testament to Tom’s leadership and work ethic that we have the quality network and exemplary team that we do today.”
Tom was dedicated to service. He joined the Navy right out of high school and served seven years of active duty as a cryptologist. The classified nature of the job, along with using computers and Radio Frequency (RF) receivers, introduced him to the world of security. Beyond his military background, Tom’s commitment to serve extended to his professional life. He was a disciplined professional, but he was also fair. He was never above getting his hands dirty with any job and was as comfortable talking to CIOs as he was troubleshooting problems with technical engineers. Always giving credit to his team and those around him, his enduring legacy will include not only the world’s largest and best paging network, which he helped to create, but the talented teams he put together who will carry on his work.
Tom was excited about where Spok is heading. Recently, Tom shared in an internal newsletter article that the company’s pivot to focus on healthcare was one of his most rewarding changes, both personally and professionally. “Years ago, I spent a lot of time in hospitals, so I know that what we do today at Spok is a big deal. We’re not just improving workflows for hospitals, we’re making life easier for patients and their families.”
Tom was committed to making healthcare communications better and always doing the right thing.
He will be greatly missed by everyone at Spok.
Please click here to see Tom’s obituary.