A fourth generation native, Tom Puckett was born in 1974 at Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho. Tom completed his secondary education through the traditional school system and graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1993. The following year, Puckett joined the U.S. Navy for a 3-year term on board the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). After being honorably discharged as an E-4, he started his education of Diesel Technology at North Idaho College while working the nightshift at Riley Creek Mill. Tom completed his AAS degree in Diesel Technology where he used his skills over the next five years at Interstate Concrete and Asphalt. His work in this field came to a halt in 2003 when he suffered a severe back injury. This unfortunate incident provided a fortuitous opportunity for Tom to embark on a path that would lead to a successful career in real estate. Tom and his wife, Kim (a managing pharmacist at Yoke’s) are parents to sons Sam and Blake.