Tom Sutter is a multi-threat professional – the serious job that pays the bills, the fun job that pays the heart and soul and a published author, inspirational speaker and travel guide to success in business and sales. At Crum-Halsted Insurance in Sycamore, Illinois, Tom is the Vice President of Sales & Business Development which involves the recruiting, training and development of commercial insurance and employee benefits producers while maintaining and growing his own book of insurance business. Through Tom’s organizational leadership, his direct teams consistently exceed their goals year in and year out while being required to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Tom also co-founded and is the President of Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization located in South Elgin, Illinois, that grants the wishes of children battling cancer and financially assists their families. Tom’s duties include chief fundraiser, branding, marketing, accounting and legal representation. Since 2007 Cal’s Angels has raised over $2,000,000 after expenses allowing them to assist over 600 families, sponsor the two oncology floors at the new Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, provide twelve $10,000 college scholarships and provide funding to allow less privileged young boys and girls to play baseball and softball.

Having lost their oldest child, Cal, to leukemia in August of 2006, Tom and his wife Stacey (Cal’s Step Mom) enjoy spending their spare time assisting other families battling pediatric cancer to help cope with their mental, emotional, spiritual and financial struggles through their non-profit organization, Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation. Their six other children are also actively involved in carrying on their older brother’s legacy of always caring about others above anything else.

Training and coaching has been a part of Tom’s life since his college days. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University where he was also involved as a pledge trainer with the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Having a blended family of seven children, including Cal, whom are all active in sports, Tom enjoys spending his spare time coaching one or more of their baseball and softball teams each spring and summer.

All of Tom’s life experiences, including the loss of his oldest child Cal to leukemia in August of 2006 at the age of 13, provided the impetus to write a book “Bitter or Better – Crushing Life’s Losses Into Victories” based on the principle that no matter what life throws at you there is no reason to let anything but you and your mind control your destiny. All of these “life experiences” also lead Tom to migrate over to the coaching, mentoring and speaking arenas. You will laugh, cry and learn how to turn horrible negatives into positives, you will learn about business branding, marketing and sales training but most of all you will learn that you can succeed in life if you want to succeed in life – your destiny is in your hands with the only limitation being your own hopes, dreams, desires and mental fortitude.

Tom is available for interviews, speaking engagements, consulting, sales and business planning.  Please contact Tom at for any of the following services:

  • Inspirational and Motivational Speaking Engagements
  • Risk Management and Insurance Protection Consulting for Businesses, Individuals and Non-Profits
  • Non-Profit and For Profit Marketing and Branding Strategies
  • Sales Training
  • Establishing and/or Enhancing Corporate Give Back Programs
  • Corporate and Non-Profit Employee, Board Member, Officer and Volunteer Recruiting Strategies
  • Fundraising Ideas

10% of all proceeds from any of these services is donated to Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation to further assist families facing the battles of pediatric cancer.