Earlier this year, Trilix welcomed Tom Ferin into our fold as a senior project manager. We’re thrilled to have a new face in the office and on our video calls. Tom has already lent his ace organizational skills to the office by improving our workflow system.
Tom has worked at several Des Moines agencies during the last 25 years, and he and his wife have called St. Marys, a small town south of the metro, home for just about as long. In addition to raising his children in St. Marys, Tom served as mayor of the town and as a firefighter and first responder for the area.
Tom is clearly a pro at managing several vocations, and we’re excited to see how he helps Trilix excel. We sat down with Tom to see what else interests him and what motivates him personally and professionally.
What is the best part of being a project manager?
As a project manager, I love paying attention to detail and putting process to the chaos. There's always going to be chaos. If I can help someone manage a situation by setting up an effective workflow that eases constraints, that’s a success. As far as my agency background, I enjoy being around creative people because they always create a fun, open and inviting atmosphere.
How do you spend your time outside of work? Any hobbies?
I served as the mayor for St. Marys for 17 years, and I’ve been on the fire and rescue squad for the town for more than 25 years. Now that I’m not mayor of St. Marys, I’ve turned my energy to raising bees — 20,000 to 60,000, actually. I also love to do just about anything outdoors, such as camping, golfing and kayaking. My wife’s a big biker. I’m not a big biker, but I’ll drive to wherever she’s going and hang out with her.
Favorite film, food and furry friend?
I’m from Des Moines’ south side so favorites include “The Godfather,” pasta and my two rescue dogs.
If you didn’t work in this industry, which career path would you choose?
I’d like to be a professional golfer.
What motivates you at work?
Solving problems and putting the proper work processes in place to achieve success.