Thom Lipari is a lifelong Macomb resident and president and CEO of Lipari Foods, a specialty wholesale food distributor. The company was founded in 1963 by Thom’s father, Jim Lipari. In 1971 Thom joined the company as the fourth employee. Throughout the years he worked across every department of Lipari Foods in order to be grounded in all aspects of the company’s operations. He has played a major role in the company’s tremendous growth over the past 15 years, closing multiple strategic acquisitions and leading his team into new business opportunities, such as expansion into the Dairy and Better-For-You categories as well as the Convenience and Gas class of trade. Today, Lipari Foods stocks over 18,000 items every day in its central warehouse in Warren, MI and distributes a total of 20,000+ items throughout the Midwest. The company employs over 1,200 associates.