Meet Our Founder & CEO

Brian Tom


Meet Brian Tom, “America’s Visionary Speaker” and author whose powerful messages have inspired millions. At the age of 20, while attending UCLA, Brian founded his first company, California Educational Centers, Inc. One year later, he was diagnosed with the eye disease glaucoma, and blindness set in. Brian tragically went from being a young, vibrant entrepreneur with a bright future to a blind man with a life-changing illness and disability. He would undergo 20 eye surgeries in the next 15 years. It was through this journey that he strengthened his faith, vision, and leadership to deal with life’s challenges and found his passion in public speaking.

Today, he is the CEO and Founder of 5 companies: Brian Tom Speaks, Xtreme Promos, California Educational Centers, Blind Start of America, and most recently College Goldmind. In 2009, Brian received the national Asian-American Heritage Award for Community Service. His debut book publication, “Stepping Stones to Success”, features best-selling authors Deepak Chopra, Jack Caneld , and Dr. Denis Waitley.

Brian Tom provides his marketing expertise to all College Goldmind clients. He helps shape applications that truly shine in the eye's of a college application reader. He also has many connections in the business and media world and can help his clients get a foot in the door and expand their meaningful activities.