Thomas Bardenwerper grew up in Louisville, KY and attended the University of Kentucky, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and international business. Following college, he worked in investment banking for three years in Charlotte, NC and San Francisco, CA, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. In 2018, Thomas left finance and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where he serves as a platoon commander in Camp Pendleton, CA. In 2020 he deployed to the Middle East in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Thomas will pursue an MBA and a career in private equity upon his end of service.