Tom is a seasoned manufacturers’ rep with over 40 years in the business. He is the founding rep of TML & Associates and brings extensive knowledge of the manufacturing processes and the industries served by our firm. A former school teacher turned independent sales rep, Tom decided to make a career change after 5 years in the public education sector. He began his career as a sales rep for a heating and air conditioning company prior to joining the team at Special Metals Supplies as a sales manager for 26 years. His time as a teacher and expertise in the world of metals has been key to the firms success and growth from a solo rep firm to a 4-person team.
Ken Leslie, Tom’s son, joined the team in 2012 as a rep after gaining 11 years of experience in software development, design and technical sales. Since his time at TML, the firm has grown from 6 to 9 principals and they have adopted new technologies from Liquidmetal® to additive manufacturing. Ken has used his prior experience to further the firms reach and educate new members.
Paul Bower, Tom’s son-in-law, joined the team in 2012 after spending 10 years in a rigorous management training program at Cintas Corp. During his time at Cintas, he was an award winning sales rep, giving him valuable experience in industrial sales. Paul has continued his success with TML as an outside rep.
Emilio Cortez, the newest member of TML, graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.S. in Marketing. He joined the team in August of 2016 as an inside sales rep where he’s responsible for developing new sales, generating new leads, and performing other marketing activities on behalf of the manufacturers we represent.