"Our board and staff are profoundly saddened by the announcement of Tom Sponseller's death. I do not have the words to convey the sadness of losing our leader and friend.
Utmost in our hearts and minds are Tom's wife and family, who were his pride and joy. They came first in everything he did. Our prayers are with them in this tragic hour.
Professionally, Tom in many ways was the face of South Carolina's $14 billion tourism industry. He guided our industry through good times and bad, quietly working for the good of every person employed in the industry.