Tom worked with Standard Oil of Indiana and AMOCO for 38 years. Tom retired from BP Asphalt following the merger with AMOCO.
Throughout his involvement with the asphalt industry, Tom served in the most demanding positions with the Asphalt Institute. His leadership was essential during many defining moments for the organization and his support could always be counted upon.
Tom became a key member of an Institute special task force formed in May of 1992 with the purpose of defining the vision and mission of the organization. This was timely as then President Triplett was retiring after 28 years of service at AI. It also marked the start of Mr. Miller’s service as the AI President. The Institute was well served through Tom’s leadership on the AI Board of Director’s in 1993 as the Board wrestled with these and other matters. This year marked the first year of Tom’s long standing service on AI’s Board. Tom served as AI’s Vice Chairman of the Board in 1993.
1994 was a milestone year for the Asphalt Institute – one that found Tom serving as its Chairman. This year marked AI’s 75th Anniversary and the corresponding activities were many. Tom worked hard during his Chairmanship to increase the public profile of the Institute. The anniversary events – well documented through AI’s historical booklet, were important to mark, yet Tom’s leadership that year helped AI reach an important turning point in its history. The efforts to build a Strategic Plan were worked with earnest that year – in fact the AI Spring Meeting was replaced with a Strategic Planning Workshop held in Houston, Texas. Tom’s leadership reached both the Membership and Finance Committees where he continued to serve and add great value. Tom’s leadership served the future of the organization well. It carried momentum.
Tom’s service to the Asphalt Institute did not end with his Chairmanship however. He continued to serve with distinction on the Board of Directors for many years. Tom also was an advocate of expanding the AI membership beyond the traditional refiner and reseller base and personally and actively sought out new members. Much of AI’s current growth can be traced to Tom’s initiatives here.
Throughout his career and volunteer service with the Asphalt Institute, Tom’s leadership at a most critical time in our history could not have been better placed. His service to help ensure the continued strength of the Institute and uphold its vision and mission remains a tremendous example in volunteer leadership.