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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas F Renk  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Tom lives in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Renk has been active in local government for the past twenty-five years as an elected official in two states. With an education in political science and economics, he has long been a student of government and democracy. An avid reader, he is still old school and pours through a number of newspapers and magazines each day. In his career work managing trade and professional associations, he has travelled the world developing diverse memberships, building strategic relationships and visiting far away exotic places. An avid reader of the adventure and thriller genre, he came up with a timely story line concerning the aftermath of 9-11 that everyone he talked with encouraged him to write. It is a story about a small group of angry citizens taking on the terrorist network that their own US government can't seem to locate. Journey for Revenge is the result. He has also written a non-fiction book entitled “Getting Elected – Winning Local Elections.” It is a self-help how-to book meant to help first time candidates navigate the uncharted waters of running for office. It helps guide readers through the decision making process to run, the nomination paper filing requirements, the campaign committee set-up, the fund raising issues and reporting responsibilities, campaign marketing, presenting yourself to the public and getting out the vote. Everyone who has read the book has won their election.

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Titles At Your Library

Getting Elected: Winning Local Elections
ISBN: 0595396674

iUniverse, Inc.. 2006

Getting Elected Winning Local ElectionsThis Book is dedicated to helping you get elected in your local political campaign. It will help you become a viable candidate, rather than being lost in the candidate shuffle and unsure of how to proceed. We want you to win your local election.Most first time candidates are regular folks who have decided to become more actively involved in their community. Being an average citizen, you don't have a lot of knowledge about the political process, or how to build an effective campaign organization. You also have only a few months to figure it all out. This book will show you how to win your campaign. Getting Elected has been written with twenty-five years of local political experience. You will learn about political campaign strategy learned through trial and error, how to fund a campaign without using your money, and how to be effective and successful. You will gain a good understanding of the mechanics of local election protocol. Getting Elected is a practical "How To" book that will show you how to become a viable candidate. It is a fast read, and will offer information on what you will need to know ahead of time so that you won't have a bad experience in mid-campaign. This book should also be shared with your key advisors and campaign committee. This book will be the best investment you can make on your campaign and can be your first legitimate campaign expense.

Journey for Revenge
ISBN: 145675503X

AuthorHouse. 2011

In the aftermath of the horrific 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, surviving family members of the innocent victims come together in hundreds of grief counseling sessions to deal with their losses and depression. One small counseling group becomes so mired in their anger and frustration with their own government's inability to find the terrorists, they decide to go after them on their own. Drawing on their individual strengths and diverse backgrounds, these survivors come up with a surprisingly simple plan to draw the reviled terrorist from his lair. Their personal journey of retribution takes them from New York's Times Square to Europe, from Russia to the Middle East, navigating oceans, traversing borders, and climbing mountains, all the while evading pursuers, for a fateful face-to-face meeting with the World's most sought after terrorist.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Tom has done appearances for both books "Journey for Revenge" and "Getting Elected". He has been a featured author at a number of book fests and has spoken before library audiences in Wisconsin and Illinois. For "Getting Elected" he has done seminars for a number of groups and communities. For information please email Tom at