The COO Without a Bad Day
Chief Operating Officer
When Tom Tattersall joined MicroCare as the New Business Development Manager back in 1997 it was a small family-owned company. It consisted of one location and a handful of employees.
Today the company is still family-owned but it is much bigger and growing fast. As Chief Operating Officer, Tom now oversees three production facilities, four logistics centers, a distribution network spanning 47 countries and over 100 employees across the globe. He is responsible for all business operations including business development and strategic planning.
“Innovating is part of our company’s DNA.”
A Source of Pride
The tremendous growth of the company and the responsibility for its continued success is not lost on Tom. “I’m humbled and proud that I can help lead a company that provides a livelihood for so many people,” he said. “Because of their work at MicroCare, over eighty families can do awesome things like pay their mortgages and send their kids to college.”
Tom came to MicroCare from DuPont (now Chemours) where he spent 16 years in various positions of technical service, manufacturing, international sales and marketing. His specialization was in fluoroproducts. When Tom joined the MicroCare team, he brought with him his years of experience in the chemical industry, plus a talent for results-driven leadership. He strongly adheres to and encourages others to follow his personal motto “Excellence without Exception”.
Innovating for Success
Under Tom’s direction, MicroCare continues to innovate and grow. “Innovating is part of our company’s DNA,” Tom said. “We’re very good at researching and developing. We aren’t afraid to try new things. It has paid off for us and sets us apart from our competitors.”
Tom himself has been awarded three U.S. Patents for his work on novel cleaning formulations. He graduated from Penn State University in University Park, PA as a Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.
Supporting the Industry
Supporting the industry is important to Tom. For a couple of years, he worked as a licensed lobbyist during the time that legislators were writing amendments to the Clean Air Act. It was Tom’s task to help lawmakers understand the huge impact of CFCs on daily life. He worked to help them find ways to responsibly phase down CFCs while developing and commercializing ozone-safe replacement fluids.
Never a Bad Day
A surprising tidbit? Tom’s never had a bad day at MicroCare. That’s because even though work is serious business for Tom, there’s always a little time for fun. Tom likes to keep things light with office games. “MicroCare Trivia” and “Two Truths and a Lie” are two of his favorites. No, he doesn’t know Joe Biden. But he does like Iron Man and he did get to attend a dinner with the President of the United States (the 1992 Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, DC as a guest of ABC).
On a Personal Note
Tom lives in Delaware with his wife Karen. They have four grown daughters and two grandchildren, all of whom he is tremendously proud. They also share their home with Belle, their spoiled Bichon Friese. On the weekends, he enjoys watching all sports and indulging in Karen’s delicious homemade Italian dishes. Tom also served as Board Chair of Ursuline Academy, a private girls’ school in Wilmington, Delaware.