Tom Blair Legacy Grant

Announced at TomBlair’s Retirement Dinner on March 28, 2007 by long-time Board Members and former Chairs: Dick Ayscue, Tom Carter, Ron Joyce and Dalton Ruffin:

DataMax began its 100 plus year-old history as the Retail Merchants Association of Winston-Salem, and served its members with a variety of services over the years. Thirty-one years ago, Tom Blair joined the organization and, to say the least, nothing was ever the same. With a combination of business acumen and entrepreneurship, Tom transformed the company from a non-profit supported by member dues to a dynamic business services company returning exceptional growth and profits. He bought and sold businesses during this remarkable tenure, and his timing was impeccable.

Today, on the eve of his retirement, DataMax remains a company with a profitable operating division, and under Tom’s guidance, just launched DataMax (now the Twin City Development) Foundation with the goal of funding economic development initiatives in the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in a most significant way.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of DataMax Corporation and DataMax Foundation, we are announcing that DataMax Foundation will be honoring Tom with the “Tom Blair Legacy Grant” to be given each year to a worthy organization or initiative to promote economic development in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. This grant will be in keeping with the goals of DataMax Foundation to move Winston-Salem forward and keep it a vibrant, business friendly city. Moreover, it will honor Tom Blair’s contributions in making this Foundation and this ongoing grant possible.

Tom Blair Legacy Grants

2023   A Bed and A Book – 30 bed installations

2022   TROSA Triad – Vocational Training

2021    Second Harvest Food Bank – Hunger for Change Capital Campaign

2020    Second Harvest Food Bank – Hunger for Change Capital Campaign

2019    Old Salem Museums and Gardens – Learning in Place Initiative

2018    Winston-Salem State University – Center for Entrepreneurship

2017    Venture Café Winston-Salem – Founding Investor

2016    UNC Center for Design Innovation – Technology Upgrades

2015    Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce – Senior Mentoring Program

2014    Wake Forest Innovation Quarter – Flywheel Co-working Incubator

2013    Forsyth Tech Community College – Advanced Manufacturing Program

2012    Community Education Collaborative – Graduating Our Future

2011    WF Center for Nanotechnology – Electron Microscope Spectrometer

2010    Forsyth Tech Community College – JobsNOW Scholarship

2009    Wake Forest Cancer Center – Cancer Innovation Program

2008    Crosby Community Scholars – Endowment Fund

2007    Forsyth Tech Community College – Center for Emerging Technology