Thomas E. Wolfe
Ziebart International Corporation
Thomas Wolfe has been President and CEO of Ziebart International Corporation since 1994, after serving for four years as Executive Vice President and CFO. In his present capacity, Tom is responsible for the long-term corporate strategy and operating income for Ziebart International Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries.
In December 1994, Tom led Ziebart employees in a buyout of the company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). He is also responsible for changing the company’s business format and expanding Ziebart's presence internationally, including the signing of master franchises in strategic international markets. Under his leadership, the company has expanded into 33 countries, with over 1,000 service centers throughout the world.
Tom, who has served Ziebart for over 40 years, has been continually diversifying Ziebart to offer customers additional car care options to enhance and protect their cars and trucks. Under Tom's leadership, Ziebart International Corporation entered into a strategic business partnership with Rhino Linings®, an industry leader in their specialized product.
Prior to joining Ziebart in 1977, he was manager and supervisor of small business development for the Detroit office of Grant Thornton Certified Public Accountants.
Tom is currently a member of the International Franchise Association and the Detroit Athletic Club, for which he served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2000, serving as President in 2000. He is a past member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has also served as Trustee of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation, on the School of Business Advisory Committee at Eastern and on Oakland University’s School of Business Advisory Marketing Committee.