Tom Filsinger is a creator, author, professor, and entrepreneur. He has founded two companies, Filsinger Games and Filsinger Publishing.
Filsinger was born Savvas Athanasios Tsagarakis, a descendant of Greek immigrants. His grandfather Tom Tsoulis and family came to America from Greece in 1917 and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. When his parents were divorced he was adopted by Eugene Filsinger and his name was changed from Savvas Tsagarakis to Tom Filsinger.
After graduating from high school, he attended John Carroll University, a Jesuit college in University Heights, Ohio. He went on to graduate school at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois and studied Social/Personality Psychology. After earning a Master’s Degree, he began his career as a psychology professor. He met his wife Leslie in February 1988, and they were married by the end of the year, settling down with his family in Jamestown, New York in 1989. Tom and Leslie moved to Sedona, Arizona in 2015.
Tom released his original game, Champions of the Galaxy, in 1986. The game has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide and an official screenplay adaptation is currently making the rounds in Hollywood. In 2007 Filsinger Games expanded the reach of its games by releasing a computer simulation version of Champions of the Galaxy called COTGonline. In 2011 Filsinger Games expanded into licensing by partnering with several real-life promotions releasing official games for Ring of Honor, Chikara, Evolve, Combat Zone Wrestling, and others.
Tom further expanded his horizons in 2003 when he created and marketed Countdown to Our Wedding Day, the first calendar in a new line of “Countdown to the Big Day” products. The calendar debuted at Atlanta’s Mart in January 2003. The next calendar in the series, Countdown to Baby’s Due Date, was released in 2008 and written by Dr. Thomas Andrews.
In 2005, Tom released his first book, “The Dark Menace of the Universe”. The book is an analysis of creativity as it relates to rebellion and culture. The book also describes how Filsinger Games carved out a successful niche in the independent game industry. In Tom’s words the book is, “a rallying cry for creative Dark Menaces everywhere.”
Filsinger Publishing released a book of political humor by comic book legend Stan Lee in 2008 called Election Daze. The book features photos of famous politicians such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, accompanied by funny captions. By mid-April the book had charted at Number Two for Hot New Releases in political humor at Amazon.com. Tom and Stan went on a mini-tour to promote the book appearing in New York City, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica.
Tom was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Jamestown Community College where he has served as the Director of Social Sciences and Coordinator of Psychology. He has taught at six colleges in four states. In 1998, the New York State Education Commission approved a certificate program created by Tom called Psychology of the Workplace, the first of its kind in New York.
Tom has been teaching psychology classes at Northern Arizona University since 2015. More to come…