Tom Burke is serving his first term as National Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America. He was first elected to the VVA National Board of Directors in August of 2009, and he has served as an At Large Director for four terms and as National Region 5 Director for two terms. Over his tenure at VVA, Tom has been appointed by the VVA National President as National committee Chair, Vice Chair, and as a member of several committees. He has led or has served as a member of the following VVA national committees: Government Affairs; Veterans Benefits; Public Affairs; Finance; Veterans Incarcerated; and Disciplinary, as well as on the Council of State Council Presidents. Tom served as Ohio’s State Council President for eight years. Starting out at the local level, he also served as First and Second Vice President before being elected as President of Chapter 857, a position he held for four terms. Tom holds VVA’s highest commendation, and is a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.
In his professional career, Tom rolled for 37 years in the Transportation & Logistics industry. He was employed by the Canadian National Railroad for 27 years, with current annual sales in excess of $14 Billion Canadian dollars. As a Market Manager for this company’s pulp and paper division, he was responsible for $38 million in Pulp & Paper Products. Later, he was employed by the Wheeling & Lake Erie, having operational control as well as Marketing & Sales of their intermodal Terminal operation.
After leaving the Railroad Industry, Tom moved over to the trucking side of the transportation industry, serving as Vice President of Marketing for a privately held trucking company. Additionally, he operated his own consulting business in Logistics, serving many companies during this time, maintaining a highly successful business.
Tom was raised in Minnesota volunteering for U.S. Navy in 1963. After training and various assignments, he was sent to Helicopter Combat Support Squad One at Ream Field, California. In his final year, he was aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Hancock.