Phillips Industries has hired Thomas “Tom” Begin to fill the new role of director of innovation and emerging technologies, effective Aug. 1.
In this new position, Begin will be focused on launching new and innovative electrical and air brake technologies for heavy-duty trucks and trailers, according to the company. “Commercial vehicles are in a period of accelerating change and are increasingly relying on evolving technologies to meet the goals of cleaner and more productive equipment,” the company said. “Begin’s industry knowledge will lead Phillips Industries in finding inventive solutions that will advance the capabilities of both trucks and trailers to meet the demands of the future.”
According to the company, most recently Begin was director of maintenance for McKinney Trailer Rental Sales and Service in Portland, OR. He also spent over 20 years as an engineer with Daimler Trucks of N.A at its Freightliner facility in Portland, Phillips added. Begin is chairman of the AASE Committee and a past member of the Phillips Industries Fleet Council.
“We are so pleased to have someone with Tom’s background and reputation join our company,” said Rob Phillips, president. “Tom is inspired and driven to leave a legacy of innovation on our industry, and with the professional engineering team that we have at Phillips, I have no doubt that he will be successful.”