Title: Owner, President
Company: Machine Tool Sales Co.
Location: Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Tom Shipley, Jr., Owner and President at Machine Tool Sales Co., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering and manufacturing.
Renowned for his expertise in the engineering industry, Mr. Shipley first learned about electronics and radio and television repairs while serving with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Notably, he was selected to be part of a new unit at the time, the Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit, in which he taught incoming aviation radiomen and officers about airborne radio, radar and countermeasures equipment. Following his service, Mr. Shipley attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and achieved a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with honors, in 1950.
For the past 44 years, since 1977, Mr. Shipley has flourished as the owner and president of Machine Tool Sales Co. in Birmingham, Michigan, a marketing and sales consulting company for manufacturers in metalworking, machine automation and computer fields. Additionally, he is an accomplished writer, having been widely published by trade publications across sectors, including a regular column on advanced technical matters for “Metalworking Production & Purchasing” magazine. To remain abreast of his industry, Mr. Shipley maintains affiliation with the Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Numerical Control Society and Abrasive Engineering Society.
At the start of his career, Mr. Shipley worked for General Electric in Waynesboro, Virginia for 15 years until 1965. While there, he excelled as an application engineer and product planner in the Specialty Control Department until moving to Schenectady, New York to serve Empire District Application Engineers as an induction motor engineer. Having also been an engineer in training in New York and Massachusetts, Mr. Shipley went on to become manager of NC machine sales and national sales manager of Monarch Machine Tool Co. in Sidney, Ohio from 1965 to 1973. From 1973 to 1977, he was appointed vice president of marketing for U.S. Industries Inc. in Ferndale, Michigan.
Upon his civic involvements, Mr. Shipley has served as chairman of the site committee for a Wright State University Branch and was a trustee of the Tri-County Educational Trust in Piqua, Ohio in 1972 and 1973. Earlier, he was elected to the board of directors of the Piqua Country Club in 1969. He also remains involves with the BPAA, Economics Club of Detroit and Senior Men’s Club of Birmingham. Mr. Shipley attributes the success of his career to his parents for their direction and upbringing, along with his wife, Virginia, for her help in all things business and family-related. He is currently enjoying retirement and is working on writing a cookbook. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Shipley can also be found in the 28th edition of Who’s Who In Finance and Industry and the first edition of Who’s Who in the Media and Communication.
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