At the age of 1½ years old, when his mother, Lois Thomson, took a job in the business office at Trinity, Zak Thomson ’01 became a Troll. “There was never any question that I was going to go to Trinity,” he said. “It’s been such a huge part of our lives that I’m not sure I can imagine how [my sisters and I could have possibly gone anywhere else.”
Zak was the third and last of Lois Thomson’s children to attend Trinity, following his sisters Nicole Thomson ’94 and Rachel Thomson Weidenaar ’96. “I played soccer throughout college and met some terrific guys that I still keep in touch with. I look back at my freshman year as the best only because it’s scary enough going off to college, but to come to campus a couple weeks early and have some time to get to know your teammates was just an awesome experience.”
Zak graduated with a business degree and a focus on accounting. From there, he worked frantically to earn the additional college credits required to take his CPA exam, all the while taking a CPA review course and working part time. Zak held jobs at Oak Brook accounting firm Selden Fox, Ltd., and Ozinga Brothers, Inc. before accepting a job as Chief Financial Officer at Homewood Disposal Service in early 2008. “I’ve been one of the fortunate few who have had their careers very clearly shown to them by the Lord,” said Zak, “and I definitely know that he has closely guided my path through all my work experiences to get me where I am today.”
Zak and his wife Lisa (who he professes “is NOT a Troll by definition, but she still loves Trinity very much”) live in Frankfort, Illinois, where they and their 2-year-old daughter, Lauris—and soon their son, due in February— enjoy the elbow room and the views of cornfields.
Zak and Lisa have been faithful supporters of Trinity over the past decade. Zak credits his mother and uncle for helping to cultivate his spirit of generosity. “My mother was the biggest factor in shaping who I grew up to be. She was an example of how to be grateful for every blessing the Lord gives you,” said Zak. “The other major influence in my life was my uncle, Len Kamp. He was the best example a kid could have about being a Christian and growing up to respect others in all you say and do.”
At first, Zak and Lisa simply tithed because that’s what they had been taught to do. “But we have subsequently come to realize the joy that comes along with giving,” said Zak. “Trinity was a natural fit in our charitable giving because of the positive experience I and so many others have had. We believe in the mission of Trinity and know the importance of solid, Christian education.”
As their giving increased, Zak and Lisa Thomson were encouraged to join the President’s Circle, a giving circle for those who support the Trinity Fund in the amount of $1,000 or more each year. Zak explained, “Giving circles are definitely a good thing to aim for and to remind you of your level of commitment, but most important, they remind you of what your giving means to Trinity and how giving back to an organization like Trinity will enable it to be a blessing for many years to come.”