Thomas Magarov was born in Azerbaijan in the former Soviet Union in 1985. A competitive swimmer, Tom competed through high school before leaving the country in 2002 and emigrating to the United States. After attending Baku State University, Tom attended the University of West Chester for a degree in international business with a minor in psychology, an education he has used extensively to leverage himself into an immediate leadership roles at at The Home Depot, managing stores and on-boarding new employees into leadership positions.
Tom is a seasoned rowing coach at all levels, having worked with masters-level rowers at Boathouse Row in Philadelphia & Delaware. Tom has also leveraged his knowledge of rowing to coach executives and other advanced managers for the purpose of teaching leadership. An engaging personality, Tom is known for his enthusiastic nature, positive attitude, and resourceful approach to challenges.
Among Tom’s greatest achievements stands his successful completion of the 2015 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – a 3,000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean and widely considered to be the most difficult race in the world. During this crossing, Tom’s team Latitude 35, sustained the loss of two crew members, due to illness and injury but still managed to not only complete the crossing in 51 days, but set the American Record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a four-person crew. In 2016 Latitude 35 re-entered the race with Tom as their land manager. With Tom’s leadership, Latitude 35 not only successfully crossed once again but won the race and set the World Record.
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