Tom Wesley lives in Hopedale, MA and ran for Congress in 2010 in the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts against incumbent Richard Neal.
Tom Wesley values actions over words and believes that a person should be judged more on how they behave than on what they say. He follows the motto of his alma mata, Acta Non Verba: Deeds, Not Words.
He values patriotism. Tom served in the US Navy for about 9 years as a pilot, earning his wings as a Naval Aviator and completing multiple deployments to the Western Pacific at the height of the Cold War. His outstanding performance led him to assignments in the Pentagon as a member of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he received a personal decoration for meritorious achievement. He later transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations staff handling certain elements of officer accessions from the enlisted ranks. He received another award for his performance there. Even after his honorable separation, he continued to fly for the Naval Reserve out of South Weymouth, Massachusetts, for several more years.
He values education. Tom Wesley graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation, licensed by the US Coast Guard to serve as a Third Mate of vessels of any gross tons, upon oceans, and his commission as an Ensign in the US Navy. Once ensconced in the private sector, Tom went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. He also holds certificates from the Boston University Leadership Institute in 1990 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 in Technology, Operations and Value Chain Management.
He values community service. Tom has been an active member of the West Avon Congregational Church, leading the Outreach committee, teaching Church School classes and serving as Church Moderator. As the current Moderator of the Union Evangelical Church, he is an active lay reader and volunteer. Over the years, Tom has coached his two daughters in soccer and his son in baseball.
He values leadership. As a boy, Tom achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at an early age and continued to give back in volunteer service to other Boy Scout Troops while a Midshipman in New York City, while assigned as a pilot in the US Navy while many fathers were away on extended deployments, and for the last 9 years culminating as Scoutmaster to Troop 1 in Hopedale, MA. In addition, Tom earned his Wood Badge designation, signifying the highest training award in Scouting, and led a contingent of 12 Scouts and Scouters on a 2 week high adventure backpacking trek to New Mexico.
He values free enterprise. Tom has had a diverse business background in sales, marketing and operations. He has worked as an executive in Fortune 500 companies and as an entrepreneur in a small business start up. He sees all business as personal. This is never more evidenced than his firsthand experience of the sacred bond that exists between employer and employee that compels each to work for the success of the enterprise while engendering mutual respect. Of the many responsibilities Tom has had over the years, the one he holds in highest regard in making payroll and adding value to the community and the individual. It has fostered a respect for fiscal responsibility in ensuring that the enterprise must thrive in order for that bond to be kept.
He values the innate connections among all mankind. Tom’s travels have taken him to the corners of the earth: the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal in India, and extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America. He has broken bread among many nationalities, and worshiped with many faiths. He believes in the fiber of his heart in that so much more unites the world than divides it. No matter the combination of faiths and nationalities, the conversations on the hopes and dreams for their futures are laced with hopes of peace, security and prosperity in their lives and the world. And that same sense of values is evident here in the US among the many faiths and nationalities that our immigrants bring and become one.
Each day of his life, Tom Wesley has done his best to add value to the community in which he lives, the business he has helped to run and the future world he wishes to leave his children. Some political candidates feel the need to engage in a so-called listening tour to understand the concerns of the people.
Tom Wesley has been listening all of his life.