Founder | CEO | Director of Design
Tom, along with his wife Carol, is the founder of Spika Design and Manufacturing. As CEO, he has been directly responsible for its growth, innovation and measured development into a world-class designer and manufacturer of work platforms and support equipment. Tom performs in the capacity of Senior Designer on the development of all Spika products and utilizes his characteristic creativity to pioneer new designs and standards for the industry. Dedicated to top-end quality and customer service, Tom takes great care in understanding his clients’ needs and working with them to design the best solution to their challenges. He’s known by many for his unmatched wit and good humor and is commonly found in the office in the wee hours of the morning working tirelessly on the next best thing.
A Montana farm boy, Tom began operating his family’s farm right out of college, focusing primarily on growing hay, wheat, and barley, while also raising cattle and sheep. At that time he operated a small welding company. As Montana experienced a devastating drought, Tom began working at a local stainless steel fabrication company and gained extensive experience and skills working as a welder and machinist, and ultimately advanced through the ranks to Production Manager. Discouraged by the diminishing farming prospects in Central Montana and the limited opportunities for rural Montanans to gain employment off the farm, Tom was compelled to do something to help his neighbors and peers. With true Montana spirit, he risked everything by mortgaging the farm and setting out to create his own company to provide livable wages for his community. Fifteen years later, this aspiration still remains a pillar of Spika Design and Manufacturing.
An alumnus of the Metals Technology program at Montana State University-Northern, Tom has served as the chair of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, the chair of the Montana Manufacturing Association, a member of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a charter member of the Central Montana Manufacturing Alliance and the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and was nominated as one of Montana’s most influential businessmen.
In his free time, Tom enjoys working on his hot rods and riding his motorcycle.