Tom James was elected as a Trustee of Sycamore Township in November 2019. He has lived here since 2001 and also practices law at a firm located within our borders. He and his wife Jill chose to move to Sycamore Township and raise their 4 kids here because they recognized this is the crown jewel of Greater Cincinnati communities — with great neighborhoods, great schools, and low taxes — and they’ve never regretted their choice.
Career-wise, he has been an attorney since 1992, practicing law in firm and corporate settings in Atlanta and Cincinnati, and he has also served in management and IT-related roles. Tom’s work has given him the opportunity to visit many places across the United States and the world at large, allowing him to experience life in communities ranging from large cities to tiny rural areas, and giving him a great appreciation for the wonderful amenities we have here at home.
Tom had never run for public office before his successful 2019 campaign for Trustee, but he has a long history of serving his community. He’s been involved in Scouting as a den leader and as a volunteer and leadership committee member. His other volunteer service includes working with seniors and at his church as a technical production volunteer and teacher. Before moving here, he served as Vice President and then President of a 180-home Homeowners Association in an Atlanta suburb.
He was inspired to run for Trustee out of a sense of civic duty and was motivated by these wise words of John Adams: “Public business, my son, must always be done by somebody. It will be done by somebody or other. If wise men decline it, others will not; if honest men refuse it, others will not.”
Going forward, Tom looks forward to serving all of our residents without regard to their politics or privilege. He invites any residents and any other community stakeholders who have any concerns that the Township might be able to address to contact him about them, noting that: “I’m at your service.”
Jim LaBarbaraVice Chairman
Jim LaBarbara was elected to the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017 after serving 6 years on the Township Board of Zoning Appeals. Jim’s first-year list of priorities will focus on improving government transparency and accountability. He is an advocate for the continued growth of commercial development and fiscally responsible spending priorities that better serve our residents. Jim’s been a Sycamore Township resident for more than 39 years with his wife Sally, two children, Jimmy and Shelby and four grandchildren. Jim has a wealth of experience to draw from. He was the owner/operator of the Video Sound Stage in Sycamore Township for 10 years. He served as the Brand Manager for a major Midwest motor company, Matlock Electric. Jim has a Master’s Degree in Communication and has taught at three universities along with being a published author. Many people know him as the “Music Professor” because of his 40-plus year career on Cincinnati radio. Jim is honored in two Radio/Television Hall of Fames.
Jim says: “I’m privileged to serve the residents of Sycamore Township as a trustee. My pledge is to earn the public’s trust by performing my duties openly, honestly and with common sense. I will work to make Sycamore Township business and resident-friendly. Everyone will be treated with respect. I have the courage to make tough decisions and I have the compassion to listen to the needs of our township residents. I realize while ultimately responsible, elected and appointed officials alone cannot solve all of the township’s problems, I will welcome and encourage residents input and suggestions.”
Tom Weidman was elected to the Sycamore Township Board of Trustees in the fall of 2005, but he is not a new face to most residents of Sycamore Township. Tom has lived in Sycamore Township since 1985, with his wife Dianne, and sons, Sean, Mike and Nick. In 1994, Tom was appointed by the Trustees to the Township Planning and Zoning Commission. He was also appointed to the Township Land Use Plan Committee. In 1999, the residents of the Township voted to end county zoning and create a Township Zoning department. Tom was asked by the Trustees to move to the newly established Board of Zoning Appeals, and at their first meeting in January, 2000, he was elected by his fellow members to the Chairman position. Tom held the Chairman position until he began his elected position as Township Trustee in January, 2006.
Tom has led and won many fights on behalf of Township residents against proposed commercial developments that encroached into residential neighborhoods, but no victory was greater than the fight to prevent a Target Superstore from developing in the backyards of our Dillonvale residents.
During his initial campaign, Tom promised that his very first order of business as Trustee would be to pass enhanced notification rules for all sex offenders that move into our community. Tom worked closely with Hamilton County Prosecutor, Joe Deters, and former Hamilton County Sheriff, Simon Leis, to insure that his proposal met all legal tests. At his first meeting as a Trustee on January 5th, 2006, his fellow trustees agreed with Tom, making Sycamore Township sex offender notification rules the strictest of any community in Ohio .
Tom is a strong believer that by keeping our Kenwood Retail District new and cutting edge, we increase property values for all Sycamore Township residents. Tom believes that our Kenwood Retail District is the “Crown Jewel” of retail in all of southern Ohio and he is totally committed to the continued re-development and re-vitalization of the entire Kenwood shopping area.
Tom is a 1978 graduate from the University of Michigan, receiving a degree in Political Science and Economics. He is the President of Marketmaster International LLC, an international marketing and sales company in the Specialty Steel and Specialty Steel parts business, which he founded in 1986.
Although Tom keeps busy running his company and serving the residents of Sycamore Township as Trustee, in his free time he enjoys playing golf and tennis.