- On April 6, 2021
Tom Andrellos – MassMEP Employee Highlights
Tom Andrellos has been with MassMEP for 6.5 years and is the Director of Growth and Innovation. The main focus areas for his team are in four major categories: Strategic Programs, New Product Development, Growth Services, and Third Party Partners. In this leadership role his team is engaged in “value add” that supports Massachusetts programs like the Massachusetts Emergency Response. They also support NIST Advanced Manufacturing trends, Defense Industry Supply Chain mandates, and the Manufacturing USA Institutes.
Tom’s career is focused primarily in the high tech realm. He started his career with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and spent 20 years there. Tom states, “There were lots of opportunities for employees at DEC. I worked my way up to Sr. Director, leading the Global Supply Chain of the Thin Film Head, Disk Drive Division. I spent 1 year in Asia building out the first DEC ASIA manufacturing plant that was located in Indonesia. DEC deployed a team of 7 of us from the US, and we set up headquarters in Singapore. My role was to set up the ASIA supply chain, and we hired 2000 employees to build Thin Film Head products. When DEC was being purchased by a Japanese company, I stayed on for about a year.”
Tom says, “At that time I spun off a new business with a partner that was Integrated Corporate Services. It was an outsourcing company that provided HR services. I did that for 2 years, and in 2000 was offered a buyout by Harvard entrepreneurs, start-up.com. Then I got a call from EMC, a fast-growing data storage company, and was hired as VP of Global Logistics. At EMC I spent about 60% of my time travelling. Over 10 years I went to over 30 countries setting up global distribution centers and transportation. In 2010 EMC offered me the VP and Plant Manager role leading the High-End Storage Solution Manufacturing facility in Franklin, MA. The scope was huge! It was a 700,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility with over 600 employees, running a 3/7/24 operation, $2+ billion in revenue, and a $100 million operating budget. I decided to leave EMC prior to DELL’s purchase and hostile takeover of the company. 90% of the senior staff left around that time when they made us offers you couldn’t refuse.”
How did Tom find MassMEP? There’s a great story there too. He continues, “Well, I first met MassMEP’s Mike Thompson at an event held at Tegra, a company located in Milford, MA. I was running the Franklin EMC facility at the time. Mike is a great salesperson, and he hooked onto me like a pit bull, and I couldn’t shake him. A few days went by and I received a call from Mike, who then introduced me to Mike Prior. Next thing I knew, I was hosting small manufacturing companies at the EMC site and sharing the benefits of Lean Six Sigma and other educational tools deployed within the factory. Then I was visited by Jack Healy, MassMEP’s President and CEO at that time, when he provided our site a with a “Giving Back to Manufacturing Award” for supporting small manufacturers in the state. In addition, Jack hosted a couple of events in the area (including EMC) and asked me to be a presenter. At one of those events, during the break Jack commented, “If you ever want to do something different give me a call.” Two years later I left EMC, and not knowing what my next journey would be, I thought of Jack. I made one call and only one call…. to Jack. He asked to meet and I let him know I was heading to Europe the next day for 6 weeks. He then asked what I was doing today. The rest is history!”
Tom’s professional goals and passion have changed over the years. In his early days, he wanted be part of a company that was secure and provided opportunity that would open up new doors. DEC proved to fill that goal. As the desire of bigger houses and faster cars set in, Tom considered how to get into high profile and high paying positions and EMC fit the bill. Tom shares, “Now I look to share those experiences with companies or individuals that welcome support. I also like to mentor and find challenge in leading, creating, and developing new opportunities. MassMEP is a great fit for that, and for finding better balance in my life.”
“When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my wife of 40 years. We both love the outdoors, hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, golf, kayaking, fishing, and tennis. When my son was growing up we loved to travel to different countries, and every summer was a new adventure. We have recently moved to the NH lakes and mountain region to take full advantage of these passions,” Tom concludes.
How well do you know Tom? Two of these statements are true and one is not. Can you guess which one?
1) Over the years (about 13 years) I have been dedicated to Martial Arts – Kempo-Shaolin-Karate and have earned the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. I have participated in a number of local, New England and national tournament events.
2) In 1999, I co-founded a new company, Integrated Corporate Services. The company was a spinoff of DEC and we provided consultant work, HR, benefits, payroll, etc. In 2000 we were awarded the “Best Start-up Company” in central Massachusetts by the Worcester Business Journal, and my picture was on the front cover of the May/June issue. We sold the company shortly after to a company Harvard group called Start-up.Com.
3) I’m an avid New England sports fan. The New England Patriots are my favorite, and I got to know Robert Kraft and his son, Jonathan, on a business level when working at EMC. The Kraft family made their money in the packaging business EMC was a very large customer of their products. In 2012 Robert invited me to join the team to travel on the private jet to London all expenses paid to view the first international game against the RAMS. I also flew with the team to the AFC championship game in Denver in 2011. I sat and talked with Bon Jovi on the field prior to the game.