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SEEMAC’s Tom Kohlmeier Set to Retire After 40-Year Career

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CARMEL, IN – Tom Kohlmeier, long-time industry innovator and senior executive at SEEMAC, Inc., plans to step down from active leadership at the company as of December 31, 2016. He will continue to serve on SEEMAC’s Board of Directors.


Loyalty and Impact

Kohlmeier spent more than 40 years helping to shape SEEMAC into the responsive, global wood products company it is today. Kohlmeier joined SEEMAC as a salesman in 1974, and worked his way up to the highest levels of management at the company, becoming President and COO in 1985. After SEEMAC founder Bob Seeburger passed away in 1993, Kohlmeier became the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, offices he held until 2005. “Tom took on the nearly impossible task of following SEEMAC’s iconic founder. He did so admirably, and not only sustained SEEMAC while he ran the company, but also grew it substantially as its leader,” says Elliott Savage, SEEMAC’s current President.  


Visionary Leadership

After stepping down as company President and CEO in 2005, Kohlmeier continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors at SEEMAC and remained active in directing the company’s expansion as a service-driven, value-added partner for customers and suppliers around the world. Through market fluctuations and business changes, Kohlmeier’s vision for SEEMAC stayed steady. “I’m proud of the fact that even as we grew and expanded globally, SEEMAC retained that distinctive company culture,” Kohlmeier says. “Although the landscape of the industry is completely different today than it was 40 years ago, we’re still treating our employees, customers, and suppliers with integrity and respect.”


Leaving a Legacy

SEEMAC Senior Vice President Eddie Canter says, “Tom has done so much to make SEEMAC the company that it is today for our employees, shareholders and industry partners.” Savage agrees. “Over his long career with the company, Tom has been passionately true to the legacy and culture of the company that was passed to him while also moving it forward through his own vision and direction.” After his retirement, Kohlmeier will continue to hold a seat on SEEMAC’s Board of Directors, and will maintain an office at the company’s Carmel, IN headquarters.


SEEMAC, Inc. is a diversified wood products sales and inventory management firm, serving the nation’s industrial and building materials markets. To learn more about SEEMAC, please visit


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