November 2007

Our Member of the Month is Associate Member Thomas LaPorta of Diesel Injection Service of Valley Stream, NY, Diesel injection Service is headquartered in Windsor, WI. Tom is currently the General Manager of the Northeast Operation and is currently responsible for overseeing customer service, parts inventory of over 1 million dollars and all facets of day to day business. He has been involved in the diesel parts and fuel injection industry for over 30 years with Laban Equipment, Laban of NJ and McGlynn Diesel Service. He evolved from parts man and service technician through the ranks to Parts Manager, Sales Manager to Executive Vice President/Owner.

Tom was born in Queens in 1956 and raised in Valley Stream, NY. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and graduated in 1974. He received an Associates Degree in Business from SUNY Farmingdale in 1976.

Married to his wife, Janet, since 1976, they have two sons, Thomas, 24, who is in his third year at Albert Einstein Medical School in the Bronx and James, 21, a senior at St. John's University and will be attending law school next fall. The LaPortas currently reside in Valley Stream, NY

During his off hours, Tom enjoys golf and playing hardball in the Men's Senior Baseball League since 1992. Tom is a huge Yankees fan. He and his wife Janet are both certified scuba divers since 1980. He was a past LIJSL Travel & Intramural coach, past Valley Stream Mail League Baseball coach and a past board member of the Valley Stream Soccer Club.

An active member, Tom attended his first Society meeting when John Schleier was President during 1971 - 1973. Tom was the former Associate Member representative for Laban Diesel Equipment during the 1980's. Tom also served on the Executive Board under then President Joseph Raff during 1986 - 1988.

 


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