Tom Masterson considers himself just a West Stage boy that obtained lucky.
“When you’ve experienced results, there’s normally a large amount of very little matters that contributed to you becoming where by you’re at,” claimed Masterson, a West Level indigenous and graduate of Elizabethtown High University.
Inspiring academics, education and the incredible persons he fulfilled together the way are some of the issues Masterson mentioned served him obtain the good results he enjoys as founder and CEO of T.E.M. Group Inc., an industrial electrical contracting business liable for some of the most significant and most challenging electrical feats in the point out.
“We do some of the most complicated electrical jobs in the state of Kentucky,” Masterson claimed. “We did the outside arena at the Kentucky Horse Park we have a highway division, and we perform all in excess of the condition. We have a Lexington division and Louisville division, and we do airport runways which is a specialty.”
Masterson ongoing to say his organization is presently rewiring the major wastewater cure plant for Louisville.
His father inspired him to be an architect, but observing his dad aid many others as an electrician is what Masterson reported appealed to him.
“My father was an electrician at Fort Knox, and for as prolonged as I can don’t forget, he was like the town handyman,” Masterson reported. “On Saturday, he would go close to and repair people’s electric, what ever it could possibly be. West Issue has constantly been type of a very poor town, but when I grew up there, it was like Mayberry. It was the most effective put in the globe to develop up. The people today actually took care of just about every other.”
That care for many others is evident in a memory Masterson shared from when he was 4 yrs outdated.
“We went to an elderly woman’s residence, it was very operate down, but it experienced electric powered,” Masterson mentioned. “My father set her kitchen area gentle, and she reported, ‘Thank you. What do I owe you?’ And he claimed, ‘A cup of coffee.’ That constantly made a enormous impact on me, and that is exactly where my enjoy for what I do developed, mainly because of my father.”
Despite the fact that undiagnosed at the time, dyslexia and consideration deficit problem hindered Masterson in large college and he mentioned he was not a superior university student.
“Only as an grownup, did I study about it,” Masterson claimed. “What I try out to notify children is, you might have this, but you can overcome it. I was an grownup in advance of I could overcome it. But in faculty it designed factors seriously hard.”
Even so, Masterson explained by the time he went to college or university he felt well organized for school from his time at E’town Superior.
“I went away to university. My initial 4 years have been paid for, but I was a youthful particular person who looked into having additional enjoyable than studying,” Masterson explained. “But following all those first four several years, I had matured and desired to get a 4-yr diploma. I went element time for eight many years until finally I bought my diploma in finance from U of L.”
Though he was in university, Masterson labored as a bookkeeper for an electrical contractor.
“This person took an interest in me, and we designed a lifelong romance that started out in 1975,” Masterson mentioned. “He noticed a little something in me in 1975 as a 20-yr-outdated university university student, and I worked for him all by way of college.”
From there, Masterson mentioned he had the possibility to do the job for the top rated electrical contractors in the state. Corporations these kinds of as Henderson Electrical and Arrow Electric paved the way for his entry into the major industrial facet of items.
Masterson achieved Pat Abrams at Arrow Electric. Abrams now is a member of the T.E.M. Team and remembered 1st conference Masterson.
“We labored alongside one another at Arrow, and he was eager to function all-around the clock in buy to meet the problems of the day,” Abrams reported. “No one particular labored smarter or lengthier.”
When Masterson determined to start out on his very own, Abrams quickly adopted.
“He decided to begin his small business, and I believed he would be profitable because I realized he was inclined to sacrifice his time, money and other issues in purchase to be his ideal,” Abrams explained. “It was an uncomplicated selection for me to adhere to him into his business a couple of many years after him.”
Masterson has succeeded in remaining the finest at what he does.
Successful Kentucky Little Business enterprise of the Year in 2009, Masterson was a visitor at the White Property underneath President Barack Obama’s administration and was individually acknowledged by the President in the course of his speech.
“The major point is, I have been quite fortuitous to fulfill and to get the job done with some great people in excess of the years, folks who aided me,” Masterson reported. “I just can not say adequate about the wonderful people I’ve me together the way, and now I’m supporting individuals.”
Abrams recognizes Masterson’s need to help young persons.
“I have found him devote his free time teaching just one-on-one particular some younger, inexperienced helper in electrical principle, electrical code, you title it,” Abrams reported. “He did, and will currently, assistance them to realize. … I think due to the fact he usually takes the time with the young assistance, they are loyal to him.”
Masterson stated what he finds most worthwhile is staying in a position to be a element of a team that builds a thing that aids the community.