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Thomas Campbell was born the last of seven children on a small farm in Aroostook County, Maine. Growing up in the northernmost county in the eastern United States, Tom was accustomed to six-month winters and six-week summers. Life was hard there, but people lived on their integrity and willingness to work hard. Campbell employed those same traits to help him build a successful business.
Tom left Presque Isle in 1961 to attend Husson College in Bangor, ME. He balanced his school work with any job he could find to help pay his way, and then did a stint in the Army during the Vietnam War. Ten years later, he earned his degree in business and landed one of the most coveted jobs among his Business School peers.
That job took him to Greenfield, Massachusetts where he managed the local Sears Department store. He instantly fell in love with the hills of Western Massachusetts. So, when Sears wanted to move him to a new store two years later, he turned down the promotion in order to stay in Franklin County, MA. That's when he entered the field of chemical sales at Axton-Cross Chemical.
Tom eventually ended up in a comfortable position with one of the largest chemical distributors on the East Coast. But after more than a decade there, he abruptly left, rather than letting his reputation be questioned. His refusal to let anyone question his integrity or work ethic stemmed from his upbringing on the farm, and he was doggedly determined to set out in business for himself.
He built his new company by drawing on the amazing relationships he fostered over the course of fifteen years in sales, and by meeting the needs of a select group of customers. Now 74 years old, Tom is frequently asked why he doesn’t retire. His response is always the same. "I retired the day I began my own business, and I haven’t worked a day since!"