Tom Riles will bring FUN and FUNDRAISING to your event.

Live Event Emcee

Benefit Auctioneer

Keynote Speaker

Tom thrives working in front of any audience, has entertained at benefit galas, corporate events, conferences, and over 200 television shows with crowds as large as 10,000 people. For over sixteen years, Tom opened for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and many more Hollywood shows.

After Tom’s oldest daughter was born with a heart defect in 2010 (she’s healthy now), Tom’s began emceeing heart related charity events, which led to him becoming an auctioneer. Tom takes pride in entertaining audiences at benefits, as well as working closely with the charity to make sure the auction and fundraising is as successful as possible.

Tom’s auctioneering has broken in-room fundraising records for premiere benefits including the Chicago Heart Ball, Middle Tenneseee Heart Gala, and Moffitt’s Magnolia Ball in Tampa.

Tom Riles is the proud husband to Lucy Riles, father to three (plus two dogs), and founder of the largest community of dads in the world, Life of Dad. Tom and Lucy recently co-authored their first book together, Mom vs. Dad: The Not-So-Serious Guide to the Stuff We’re All Fighting About.


Why We Do What We Do

After the birth of their special needs daughter, and the outpouring of support they received, Tom and Lucy Riles realized it was time to give back. Tom started working closely with heart related charities on their events and improving fundraising, which he has now expanded to working closely with 501(c) Non-Profit organizations all around the world.

Charity Auctioneer and Host

Fundraising AND Entertainment

Tom's background in television production ensure that your attendees will have fun! Ellen, Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, and Derek Jeter have trusted Tom with events, why not you?

Auction Planning

Tom will guide your auction committee through the many auction planning pitfalls and help ensure a successful fundraiser for your organization. His hands on approach with each Auction Committee is perfectly suited for any size event.

Nashville and Everywhere Else!

Based in Tennesse, Tom hosts benefit auctions for Nashville based charitable organizations. Tom also travels around the world hosting private events and helping non-profits raise millions of dollars.


From entrepreneurship to entertainment to team building, Tom can speak on it all. Let's work together to create the perfect keynote for your event.

Brands Tom (and his wife, Lucy) Have Built

Mom vs. Dad Book

While Tom and Lucy's parenting styles may be worlds apart, they both have the same goal: to raise happy kids who feel unconditionally loved. Mom vs. Dad is packed with sidesplitting and vulnerable personal vignettes from the trenches of parenthood.

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Life of Dad

Tom launched Life of Dad in 2010 from a hospital room after the birth of his daughter. Now, Life of Dad is the largest community of dads in the world with over 8 Million followers and reaching over 30 Million people weekly.

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Hit international TV series, "The Spyders"

Tom and his Life of Dad co-founders, Patrick Quinn and David Guest, sold a family espionage series to Nickelodeon in 2015. Five years later it started airing internationally!

    Emmy Winner
    Emmy Winner
    The Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Having opened for Ellen for over 16 years, Tom has been a part of the team that has won more than 50 Daytime Emmy Awards.


      Tom’s last name gives a fair indication of his skills. He “Riles” up a crowd with his personable, engaging delivery. When we’ve worked together, he’s made my job much easier!

      — Tom Bergeron

      TV Host

      When Henry Winkler & I first hired Tom to warm up our crowd for “Hollywood Squares,” we were WOWed from the first day – and so was everyone else. Tom Riles is not just a great crowd rouser, he’s one of the nicest, and most-reliable people I’ve ever worked with.

      — Michael Levitt

      Executive Producer of “Hollywood Squares” and many other shows

      Tom Riles, the guy who warms up the audience for the half-hour before the start of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is a genius.

      — Millie Ball

      New Orleans Time Picayune

      Let’s Work Together!

      Email tom@tomriles.com