Phillips Industries has appointed Thomas “Tom” Begin to fill the new role of director of innovation and emerging technologies, effective August 1.  

In this new position, Begin will focus on launching new and innovative electrical and air brake technologies for heavy-duty trucks and trailers.  Phillips said Begin’s industry knowledge will lead the company “in finding inventive solutions that will advance the capabilities of both trucks and trailers to meet the demands of the future.”  

Tom Begin

Tom Begin

Begin most recently was director of maintenance for McKinney Trailer Rental Sales and Service in Portland, Ore. He also spent over 20 years as an engineer with Daimler Trucks of North America at their Freightliner facility in Portland. 

He chairs the AASE Committee and a past member of the Phillips Industries Fleet Council.  Begin holds a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.  

“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.”