Tom Ballou earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 1982 with an Occupational Safety Degree. Tom currently holds a NICET Level 4 in the Fire Technology Sector plus holds an Alarm Planners License from the State of Texas. Tom also is a graduate of the University of Houston Security Institute in 1987.
Tom has been on the City of Houston Fire Code Board of Appeals since 1985. In his 29 years on this board he has served as Chairman for 12 of the 29 years. He continues to serve on the Board today.
His 8 years as a Director of Life Safety/Security for a high-rise owner and developer and his 26 years as a Fire/Life Safety Contractor give him a unique perspective to concentrate on the needs of the customer.
"I am very service-oriented, whether it be testing a system or installing a new one, we are always striving to improve the delivery of our product to our community."
Tom has been married for 26 years with 3 children and numerous hobbies. His biggest inspiration: his Dad, who until the age of 81 ran a masonry contracting business in Wisconsin.
Tom Ballou has been a guest on 1 episode.
Ep014: Growing as One with Tom Ballou
October 12th, 2022 | 52 mins 48 secs
On this episode, our guest host David Spray talks to Tom Ballou, CEO of Ballou Fire Systems, a company headquartered in Houston, Texas, that serves commercial customers with their fire detection and suppression needs.
Tom acquired the business less than seven years ago and has led the company to a 10 X growth in both revenue and head count. He has a servant leader approach that really shines through in this interview and although the 10 X growth is impressive, what might be even more impressive is that they grew the head count by 15 times without ever advertising a single position.
This is due to a tremendous culture that Tom calls “done as one” that describes how the company aspires to work as a single team across all departments, allowing them to grow as one.
This episode will especially be useful to entrepreneurs who are forming or transforming their company cultures to not only benefit their employees, but their companies as a whole.