A native of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Tom Bedell earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1973 and attended the UI College of Law. After law school, he headed a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where his father, former U.S. Representative Berkley Bedell, was serving in Congress. In 1979, Tom took over as president of what was then Berkley & Company, the fishingtackle business that his father founded as Berkley Fly Company in 1937. The company was sold in 2007. In 2009 Tom and his wife Molly launched Two Old Hippies, a clothing, gift and jewelry / acoustic guitar boutique and within a few years, acquired The Breedlove guitar company and Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments. Tom is on the Advisory Council of University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.