In the late 60's and early 70's, Tom Short was an executive with North American Aviation District Office working on the Apollo Program. In 1973 he was promoted to the position of Vice President of Field Operations for the North American Rockwell Space Division in Downey, California. Subsequently, this business unit was awarded the Space Shuttle prime contract. In 1976, Tom accepted an offer to become the president of an oil and gas services company in Calgary. This led to his ownership of several successful companies in that industry. In 1987, he returned to NASA projects when he and two partners purchased Johnson Engineering (JE). Former Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, was the Chairman and Tom was the President and CEO. Together they built JE into a highly successful company with over 800 employees. JE was acquired by SPACEHAB in 1997. Tom stayed on as a Senior V.P. of SPACEHAB until July 2001. He was then recruited to lead the formation and development of Anadarko Industries as the President and CEO.