Tom Hance is leading the charge in growing sales by pivoting Route1 into new offerings and new markets. He has a history of success in developing new distribution paths across industries through the optimization of people, processes, marketing and capital. He is an accomplished strategic planner who has the ability to turn plans into reality.

Previously, Hance was CEO at Universal Mfg. Co., the parent company of ReTech, Ultra Armoring, Man-Lift and Metal Works companies from 2016 to 2019; President of Lincoln Industries from 2012 to 2016; CEO of Northstar, a privately held restaurant chain, from 2010 to 2012; and President and CEO of thyssenkrupp North America, South America and China from 2001 to 2010. He is a Chemical Engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.