Tommy Ligh was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in China in 1927. Mr. Ligh moved to the United States with his father in 1937, settling into the town of Richmond, Virginia. Some years later, Mr. Ligh entered the military, serving in the United States Army Corps until late 1946. Soon after his move to Houston in 1951, Mr. Ligh became employed as a draftsman at Anderson Greenwood & Company, an organization that performed subcontract work for major airplane companies. In 1989, Mr. Ligh began his own valve company, named "Valve Concepts Inc." Selling his own patented designs, Mr. Ligh operated the company for ten years. Currently, Mr. Ligh serves on the Board of Adjustment in the City of Bellaire.