Positivity is contagious as evidenced by Tom Kerker’s impact on others. Whether through youth and student engagement volunteer efforts, or serving on the safety research team with Construction Industry Institute (CII), Tom reaches out to others sharing his excitement and passion for the construction industry, all while guiding future generations and encouraging continual innovation.
As a leader, Tom believes there is nothing more valuable than learning from your mistakes and applying and sharing what you have learned. At Wilhelm for three decades, Tom currently leads Wilhelm’s life sciences market, where he oversees many of the firm’s most complex building projects for research, manufacturing, and industrial applications. Given his tenure of serving global clients who are perched on the edge of discovery, Tom understands teams rely on transparent collaboration where ideas are freely discussed and vetted.
Tom Graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Building Construction and Contracting, and was recognized as an “Outstanding Technical Alumni” in 2014 by the Department of Building Construction Management for his efforts to “use his education to improve and move the world forward.” Tom currently serves on the Board of Advisers of the Construction Industry Institute (CII). Additionally, he is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE); AACE International; past board member of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MSMSDC); and the Purdue Building Construction Management Construction Advisory Council (CAC) Leadership Committee.
In Tom's Words
“Technically demanding projects have to have a team approach. When people share ideas and lessons learned in a supportive environment where they learn from each other, results exceed expectations.”