The Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce nominated Tom Madden as 2018 Roblan of the Year. Madden will be honored at the Annual Installation Gala February 3, held at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom.
Madden was born and raised in Paso Robles, has worked for several years as a local business lawyer and is currently a partner at Adamski, Moroski, Madden, Cumberlands, and Green. He has served on several local boards including the Cuesta College Foundation Board, the Paso Robles Children’s Museum Board, and the Economic Vitality Corporation.
He worked pro-bono as the founding Director for the Children’s Museum and has been heavily involved with the Pioneer Day Parade, recently serving his last year as the Chairman. He is also highly involved in the Santa Margarita Antique Equipment Show.
Madden is also apart of the local beer and wine scene and has worked with Vino Robles Winery and Amphitheater, the Firestone Walker Beer Invitational, and he served as the Chairman of the Paso Robles Wine Festival.
Although Madden has served in countless capacities in the community, he said he was suprised and overall humbled at receiving the honor because he considers past Roblans to be mentors in his life.
“It’s very humbling looking at the list of prior winners,” Madden said. “A lot of them were mentors, a lot of people I looked up to growing up here, so it’s a wonderful honor.”
Madden stated that, though he left the area for school and work for a number of years, returning to Paso was like he never left. According to Madden, Paso welcomes those who volunteer and get involved in the community, it’s one of Paso’s greatest traits, he said.
“If you look at past recipients of this award, whether you were born here, or whether you came here, if you’re a contributor and you roll up your sleeves and make Paso a better place, you’re very quickly treated as if you’ve been here your whole life,” Madden said. “To me it’s not a cliquey community. Some places if you weren’t born there, you’re nothing, and Paso has never, ever been that way.”
He said his drive to serve was fueled by this Paso Roblan inclusion, and he is grateful for the treatment he received from fellow locals.
“We give back because we love where we live, and in my case where I was born,” Madden said. “The community has been very good to my family and to me, it’s an honor to be able to give back to the community and to try to leave this place a better place than when we started.”
Madden said he appreciated being welcomed into the tractor community and he stated that as a business lawyer he never expected to be welcome so openly and he was surprised when he was.
“Here you’ve got a bunch of farmers who are taking care of all the tractors and here comes a lawyer who likes tractors. Really?” he said. “They welcome me in with open arms.”
He said he appreciated Paso Robles’ spirit, which, according to Madden, includes a can-do attitude and the pride it takes in building itself up.
“Paso is a very can-do community, we don’t look for help from the outside, we take care of ourselves,” Madden said. “We take care of our own and there’s always been a tremendous amount of pride in our community, it’s one thing that I think is very unique about Paso.”
Madden is still stunned to be receiving the Roblan of the Year honor and he considered it a mile marker in his life, one he will likely cherish forever.
“You kind of go, ‘really? Am I at that point of life, really?’” Madden said. “It’s neat, but it’s like I’m all grown up!”