Lauded for contributions: electrical, charitable

Despite the origin of his company’s moniker, this Kennett area resident is no ordinary Tom, Dick or Harry.

W. Thomas Musser

W. Thomas Musser

W. Thomas Musser transformed the Tri-M Group LLC – eponymously named for the three Musser brothers, Tom Dick and Harry – into one of the leading electrical solutions providers in the eastern U.S.

Founded in 1964, the Kennett Square- based electrical contracting company has served the likes of DuPont, JP Morgan Chase, Comcast, and Halliburton, according to a press release from the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC).

On Thursday, April 7, at the Phoenixville Foundry, Tom Musser will be inducted into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame at the 2016 CCEDC’s Business Achievement Award Dinner.

“In our role to cultivate smart growth in Chester County and the surrounding region, the CCEDC supports and works side-by-side with hundreds of entrepreneurs, corporate and community leaders,” Gary Smith, CCEDC president and CEO, said in the release. “Each year, we have the privilege to publicly honor an individual who has made significant strides and an indelible mark in our business community."

Smith said the award recognizes Musser’s outstanding achievements within the business community. Previous inductees include Oscar Lasko of Lasko Products, Inc.; Jack Loew of J. Loew & Associates, Inc.; Tom Fillippo of Devault Foods; Greg Bentley of Bentley Systems; John Bogle of The Vanguard Group; and Robert Hankin of Hankin Group.

A lifelong Chester County resident, Musser acquired ownership of Tri-M early in its history and grew the company into a renowned, successful operation that now employs more than 400 people.

The leadership skills Musser honed during that process led to a variety of appointments, including with the Associated Builders and Contractors, where his posts included national chairman. He has also served as chairman of the board of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a 325,000-member association of small and independent business owners across the U.S., vice chair of the U.S. Naval Institute, and on the Department of Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

But many area residents know Musser best for his community outreach. A Unionville High graduate, Musser has repeatedly donated time, materials, and funds to a variety of projects and charities, including the Unionville Quarterback Club Fitness Room, the Patton Garden Project, Family Promise of Southern Chester County and the Kennett Senior Center. Twice, he has chaired capital campaigns for the Kennett Area YMCA, raising more than $8 million.

A U.S. Navy veteran and former president of the Kennett Square Rotary Club, Musser has served in a variety of regional board positions, including the Brandywine Valley YMCA, the Kennett Area YMCA, the Chester County Hospital Foundation, and the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce.

Musser’s is also known for his steadfast devotion to his family, which includes his wife of nearly 52 years, Bonnie Musser, a fixture of the Unionville Community Fair; his daughter, Traci Musser Bauguess; and his son, Thomas H. Musser. Both of the Mussers’ children work at Tri-M.

“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized by Chester County Economic Development Council,” Musser said in an email. “I am looking forward to celebrating this honor at the Phoenixville Foundry with my fellow business leaders in the area. The Chester County Economic Development Council really does such great work in the county that both improve and enhance the business community and the quality of life here. Again, it is a great honor.”

Past recognitions for Musser include the Chester County Community Foundation Corporate Social Investment Award, the Unionville High School Wall of Honor, the YMCA Distinguished Service Award of the Central Chester County YMCA, the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year, and the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry CEO of the Year.



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