Tom Hemmer was appointed President and CEO of Solomon Corporation in November of 2013 following a private equity investment in the company by Oaktree Capital Management. Prior to that, Mr. Hemmer served as Sales Manager and was part of a successful, five-sibling, second generation ownership group that achieved three-fold sales growth and ten-fold EBITDA improvement over 13 years.
The business, founded by his father, Gene Hemmer, in 1971, specializes in rebuilding, repairing, and the recycling of oil-filled electrical equipment for utility and industrial customers nationwide. Solomon Corporation currently employs over 700 people at facilities in Solomon, Kansas; Osage City, Kansas; Decatur, Tennessee; Georgetown, Texas; Grand Junction, Colorado, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Flandreau, South Dakota.
Prior to his experience at Solomon Corporation, Mr. Hemmer spent 11 years as a Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill; first on the staff of Congressman Pat Roberts (KS-01), as a legislative assistant handling agricultural issues and as Deputy Press Secretary to the House Agriculture Committee; then as Chief of Staff to Congressman, Jerry Moran (KS-01). Both of Hemmer’s former bosses in the U.S. House of Representatives are now United States Senators.
Hemmer graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1989 with a degree in Economics. During his freshman year of college, he served as the State FFA President.
Hemmer is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Salina Chamber of Commerce, the Coronado area council of Boy Scouts and the Executive Committee of the Kansas Republican Party. He is currently on the boards of the Salina Regional Health Foundation, the Kansas FFA Foundation and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Tom and his wife, Maggie, live in Salina, Kansas with their three boys, Mac, Calvin and Brady. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and travel.