Tom Host was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Campbell University with a bachelor’s in business. In 1977, Tom joined T. Parker Host, Inc., his family’s shipping agency, which was founded in 1923 by his grandfather, T. Parker Host, Senior. Since joining the company, Tom has worked in all capacities within the company structure. 

Active in the maritime community, Tom has served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Board for Branch Pilots since 2007 and the Old Dominion University Ports and Logistics Advisory Council since 2004. In addition, Tom has served as the Honorary Consul of Brazil, one of the Port of Virginia’s major trade partners, for Hampton Roads since 2007. He is also a member of the Barrier Islands Center Board of Directors.

For the greater Hampton Roads community, Tom currently serves on the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Greater Norfolk Council Board, and he is a member of the Virginia Club of Norfolk. Tom previously served on the Southern Bank Advisory Board, the Norfolk Airport Authority Board, the Downtown Norfolk Council, Nauticus’ National Maritime Center Foundation, the England/Norfolk City Sister Association, and the Virginia Maritime Association's Board of Directors.