Tom Zimmerman is a lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania and a recently retired business owner with a heart for service. He has channeled his entrepreneurial success into enriching his community, supporting veterans and other charitable causes, and mentoring future business leaders, while maintaining a focus on faith and family.
Zimmerman built relationships and a reputation for integrity during more than 30 years of work in sales, engineering, and leadership at EBG Resistors, LLC, a highly successful multinational business start-up that handled the sales and distribution of high-voltage, high-powered niche resistors. As one of only three manufacturers of this product in the world, Tom supplied the North American and South American markets, sustaining the military, medical, aerospace, energy, electric vehicle and related industries.
In the early years of his career, he worked for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance from 1986 to 1989, and, from 1989 to 1991, as a National Sales Manager for Innovative Electronics.
Since retiring from EBG after 30 years of achievement, he and his wife Lisa have devoted their time and treasure to establishing a “Tiny Homes” village along the Susquehanna River for veterans experiencing homelessness. VOPA’s transitional, therapeutic housing model reflects communities operating successfully in cities across the country. As the son of a World War II veteran, Tom has been singularly dedicated to thanking veterans for their service through his own service to the community. To execute the mission, he co-founded Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania (VOPA) a 501 (c)(3) that has raised close to $4 million for the project in the past three years, coordinating all aspects of the innovative project, from architectural design, engineering, marketing and fundraising, to zoning approval, board recruitment, and more.
Zimmerman’s recent labor of love builds upon a long record of philanthropy and mentorship. He chaired many fundraising galas for Holy Name of Jesus School in the 1990s, served as the past president of the Central Dauphin High School Football Club, and helped raise $250,000 for a weight room at the school for student-athletes.
A 1981 graduate of Red Land High School, Tom went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree In Finance and Marketing from West Virginia University in 1986.
Tom also coached Little League, raised funds for his son’s schools, and has guided many aspiring entrepreneurs. He and Lisa reside in Lower Paxton Twp., attend Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and have two grown children, T.J. and Tony.