Tom Jikomes was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1965 to middle class Greek immigrants. He was raised in Gurnee, Illinois and graduated from Warren Township High School in 1983. Tom worked full time for a plastic display company while studying Small Business Management and Marketing. Over the course of 9 years, he worked his way from sweeping floors to VP of Sales and knew the only way to keep growing would be to start his own company. So, in October 1992, he resigned on a Friday and on the following Monday, opened Acrylic Design at 2409 52nd St. in Kenosha, WI. He recruited 2 of the top production guys to help him and built the business from zero to $1.2 Million in 6 years. With tremendous growth in the first 3 years came tremendous financial stress and Tom decided to merge his company with a larger company, taking cash and access to a large line of credit. In 1997, Tom designed and oversaw the building of a 20,000 square foot facility. In 2000, Tom decided to leave the partnership and to pursue other interests. He became interested in marketing ever since featuring himself in a local business publication and telling his story. The concept intrigued him
and he began to develop the concept in the back of his mind for what would
eventually become American Dream Magazine.
Lost In Hollywood
Before he would eventually launch American Dream Magazine in 2010, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion for acting and film production. In 2001, he developed a reality TV show concept with a partner and after developing the concept on paper, they executed their plan by filming a pilot episode in July 2001. The show titled "FOUR PLAY - EXTREME DOUBLE DATING" combined "Blind Date" with "Fear Factor". The pilot episode was filmed and included two male friends and two female friends who never met the other pair of friends, go out on an extreme double date. They filmed a pilot episode in California in 2001 that included the four players all jumping out of helicopters, into the ocean and jet ski racing to shore to open the show. That was followed by a series of challenges throughout the day that gave each player points. The player with the most points at the end of the day got to choose who they wanted to share the grand prize vacation for two with. The concept was well received throughout the film community but the selling process was derailed by 9-11 and the concept was shelved. Tom is working on the resurrection of the project that he plans to film in Chicago in 2019.
One Day Two Legends
Through the process, Tom developed experience and knowledge that has served him throughout his continuing career in film and entertainment and he was fortunate enough to meet Joe Esposito, Elvis Presley's best friend and road manager in 2004. As a big Elvis fan, Tom was enamored by befriending Joe and as the relationship developed, Tom and his life partner Stephanie, developed the idea for a documentary about the day The Beatles met Elvis. Tom approached Joe about the idea and Joe agreed to make the film. So Tom and Stephanie flew out to Las Vegas to shoot the interview with Joe in his home. Joe had arranged to take them to the only hotel Elvis ever played in and they were given access to Elvis' old suite. There they got to interview Joe with Trent Carlini, who was the resident Elvis tribute artist. From that interview, spawned the idea to interview other ETA's and the concept immediately started growing. While having dinner with Joe, Joe began speaking about all the famous artists that he has met and who were all enamored with Elvis. From that conversation, interviews with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees and more were booked.
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