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Tom Holtz
Co-Owner IRH | Chief Executive Officer – Holtz Companies

Tom is the CEO and Co-Owner of International Residence Hall. Tom directs all activities of the company and leads by example in maintaining a culture of honesty, transparency, and integrity. Tom’s philosophy in life is simple – treat others with kindness and give generously.  Tom follows these beliefs everyday by giving back to the communities he works in, both financially and with his time.  He has a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector, and a deep appreciation for what he has to share with others, and as such is an advocate and supporter of area nonprofits such as  Sleep in Heavenly Peace, local Boys and Girls Clubs, area Food Pantries, Agrace, and many, many more. 

Tom has been in the building business for over 30 years and has overseen hundreds of projects from waterparks, large multi-family units, simple and complex remodeling to high-end residential, hotels, restaurants and other large commercial buildings.

 Tom grew up on a small dairy farm, established in 1895, in a village called Rock Springs, Wisconsin. Growing up on a farm gave him values such as hard work, family bonds, and playing his part to contribute to a family business. He was allowed to play one sport (football) during high school, so he could continue the century old tradition of working on the farm while his father also worked construction and his mother in nursing.  Tom likes spending time with his wife and three adult children as well as cheering on the Badgers and Packers, and playing an occasional round of golf.

“The people here are so kind they make me feel like I’m home. i work all day and its nice to come to friendly face and fun events that go on.”

Carlos Robledo

Columbia

“IRH is very professional yet so much like a family, you treat us so nicely and always greet me with a good morning and a smile. The cleanliness is aways good so fresh and nice. it’s a friendly and welcoming environment. We are treated so well at IRH with such trustworthy staff.”

Ann Marie Charlton

Jamaica

“IRH Pigeon Forge has given me many chances to meet new people and cultural exchange by learning a 3rd language, trying food from different countries, and promoting my country (Jamaica). I also had a great opportunity like getting to play soccer for Tornado FC.  My most special moment was when I joined the International Angels and I truly have enjoyed being apart of and giving back to the local communities. IRH is my Home Away From Home.”

Ricardo Smith

Jamaica

“I am happy to be staying at IRH. It’s a comfortable place to live and the people at the front desk are friendly. I enjoy having a kitchen that we can use 24 hours a day.”

Licelot Carrasco Guerrero

Dominican Republic

“IRH is a great experience, the building is so clean and brand new. The best part is the teamwork. The people, they are wonderful and so friendly. They are great, I always get a greeting when I see the staff at the front desk.”

Warren Pujols

Dominican Republic

“I have met a lot of new people here. I love being able to cook and hangout with my new friends in big spaces like the common areas and outside in the courtyard. Also IRH is right near my workplace so I don’t have far transportation. I like being here a lot.”

Jirameth Kittavornsakul

Thailand