E. THOMAS (THOM) HARVEY, III
CHAIRMAN & CEO
Conrad High School, 1970
University of Delaware, School of Business & Economics, 1975, concentration in Operations Management
E. Thomas Harvey, III, a life-long Wilmington, Delaware resident, serves as the President of Harvey, Hanna and Associates (HHA). As president, Mr. Harvey owns and manages a number of management and real estate property investment companies. Leading the HHA team with a unique mix of business experience and sense of community, Mr. Harvey inspires the creation of innovative real estate solutions for the 21st Century.
Under Mr. Harvey’s vision and leadership, HHA expects property acquisitions to substantially increase over the coming decade. With a progressive mindset acknowledging emerging markets and business opportunities, HHA has pioneered the development of the Twin Spans Business Park, a premier 21st Century business campus located in New Castle, Delaware. Similarly, HHA has redeveloped the Delaware River Industrial Park to align with emerging markets and expand import/export opportunities.
Prior to establishing HHA in 1998, Mr. Harvey built, owned, and managed multiple waste management companies for over 25 years. Included among those companies were Harvey & Harvey, Inc., Home Waste, Inc., Harvey Mack/Volvo Sales & Service, and Confi-Shred, Inc. With annual gross revenues exceeding $100 million, the waste management companies collectively constituted one of the principal waste management and equipment providers in the region. Years ahead of industry peers and societal expectations, the commercial and resident waste management companies offered the first-ever and only recycling services in Delaware, thus forging a “green” and sustainable environmental future throughout the region.
After being pursued by several of the world’s largest waste management firms, in May 1997 Mr. Harvey merged his companies into USA Waste of Delaware, a wholly owned subsidiary of USA Waste Services, Inc. This parent company, USA Waste Services, Inc., later acquired Waste Management, Inc. (WMI), a global waste management company located in Oakbrook, Illinois. USA Waste Services, Inc. then changed their name to Waste Management. Mr. Harvey has served on the Board of Governors of the Environmental Industries Association and the Chairman’s Council of the National Solid Waste Management Association, both chartered out of Washington, D.C. Mr. Harvey is also past President of the Maryland and Delaware Solid Waste Management Association.
Mr. Harvey is well known for his commitment to “give back” to Delaware and the surrounding community. With personal and corporate contributions of time, talent, and treasure, this philanthropic activity begins with Mr. Harvey’s alumni commitment to the University of Delaware (UD). Among his many contributions to UD, Mr. Harvey has been recognized as a “Delaware Diamonds” benefactor since 2006, serves on the Advisory Board of the UD Lerner College of Business & Economics, and has remained active in the UD Mentors Program in the College of Business & Economics. In 2011, Mr. Harvey was awarded the Lerner College of Business and Economics Alumni Award of Excellence by the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the UD. In 2014, Mr. Harvey was inducted into the University of Delaware’s Alumni Wall of Fame. Extending his philanthropic efforts to many worthy organizations in Delaware and beyond, Mr. Harvey was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Goldey-Beacom College in July 2010. He also served as President of the Board of Directors for the Centerville School and is a past member of the Sanford School Board of Directors.
Mr. Harvey currently serves on the Board of the Delaware National Guard Community and is an active member of The Kennett Pike Association. As part of his community outreach efforts, Mr. Harvey sponsors two youth teams from Delaware that play in the Sunny Hill Basketball League held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The league offers children the privilege to play at Temple University. Over 70 scholarships have been attained through the children’s participation in this program (with more than 20 now graduated).
The entire HHA organization demonstrates a leadership role in corporate philanthropy that is motivated by Mr. Harvey’s participation. With dedicated and extensive service to community non-profit organizations, the leadership team and staff members alike are active Board Members for the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Goodwill Industries of Delaware, New Castle County Head Start, and the Layton Preparatory School.
In 2008 HHA expanded its non-profit impact by creating an in-house charitable organization, The Delaware KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situations) Fund. A 501-c-3 organization, the Delaware KIDS Fund is dedicated to providing goods and services to Delaware’s children who are “at risk” or are currently facing distressed circumstances. Since inception, The Delaware KIDS Fund has primarily focused on food security to overcome the challenging economic environment. The Delaware KIDS Fund has partnered with and provided direct financial assistance to the Bridge of Hope Food Bank (Wilmington), the Delaware Food Bank (statewide), Our Lady of Grace Orphanage (Newark), and the Cape Henlopen Food Basket (Lewes/Rehoboth Beach)
A Delaware native, Mr. Harvey attended Conrad High School, graduating in 1970. He completed his undergraduate degree from University of Delaware, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the esteemed School of Business and Economics.
Mr. Harvey lives in Centerville, DE and Rehoboth Beach, DE. A leader in both business and philanthropic interests in Delaware for nearly four decades, Mr. Harvey’s greatest achievement is his five established children.