Tom Anderson, chief operating officer of Minnesota Thermal Science, will receive Bemidji State University’s (BSU’s) 2013 Outstanding Alumni award at the third annual BSU Alumni and Foundation Honors Gala, on Friday at the Sanford Center. The Baxter man graduated from BSU in 1970.
For the past eight years Anderson has led Minnesota Thermal Science, one of the fastest growing companies in the temperature-controlled packaging industry, through a period of tremendous development. Anderson started his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen and Co. He was employed by Universal Pension Inc., of Baxter for more than 20 years, including nine years as the company’s president and chief operating officer. He later joined Hunt Technologies in Pequot Lakes as that firm’s chief operating officer,
Event organizers said his accounting background, hard work and vision have served him well during his more 30 years of management and financial experience with both large international corporations and early-stage organizations.
He also has served as a board member for more than a dozen businesses and charitable organizations in the Brainerd area.
Anderson studied sociology and traveled to several European countries as a student in a BSU-sponsored foreign study program at Manchester College in Oxford, England. According to Anderson, that experience “made him reach further and think he could do more.” His status as an honor student at Bemidji State made him eligible for the foreign exchange program. Anderson studied accounting and math at BSU and earned an associate of arts degree. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting/business, with honors, from the University of Minnesota.
Anderson and his wife, Beth, live in Baxter. They have two grown children, Josh and Kirsten, and four granddaughters.