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Frankfort Chamber Members You Should Know

Members You Should Know--Tom and Kim

Tom Van Dellen
Director, 2019 Chamber Board of Directors

Tom Van Dellen moved into Frankfort almost 17 years ago. All three of Tom’s children have gone through the 157-C schools, Lincoln-Way East High School, graduated from their respective colleges and have begun the process of moving out on their own.

Tom is a business professional with Prudential whose mission is to help individuals, families and small businesses make plans to secure their financial future. Service areas in which Tom works include retirement planning, investment planning, estate planning, tax planning, special needs planning, risk management, business succession planning, to name a few. Even though Tom’s office is in Frankfort, he serves a broad geographical area ranging from Indianapolis, IN to Moline, IL and works with people who are looking for a professional relationship and care about their future.

Tom currently serves as Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Frankfort. This is a great way get out into the community and help people in need. He is also involved with Lincolnway Special Recreation Association as a basketball official for the organization. Tom has been an Illinois High School Assoc. basketball official for over 25 years as it helps him stay involved with many local middle schools and high schools. Tom also enjoys volunteering during the Frankfort Fall Fest in various capacities.

Volunteering is a great way to feel the pulse of the local community and he enjoys being more involved in the Frankfort business community as a Director.

5-minute Q & A

What are the top three highlights of your life?
1. My marriage to my lovely wife, Kathy, in 1986
2. The birth of my first child, Megan, in 1990. Although the birth of my other 2 (Kaitlyn-1993 and Nathan-1996) were awesome too.
3. The birth of my first grandchild, Piper, in 2015.

Tell us a little about your family.
My oldest daughter, Megan, is 29 and is married to Gray Moser and they live outside of Minneapolis in Plymouth, MN. They currently have 3 children: Piper, 4-1/2; Axel, 3 in October; and Soren,15 months.

My second child, Kaitlyn, is 26, lives and works in Chicago (digital marketing field) and will probably never move back home!

My third child, Nathan, is 23 and is engaged to be married in July 2020

What do you like to do in your spare time?
a. Play golf whenever possible.
b. Exercise (always try to train for some race up to half marathons, cycling).
c. Reading - Bible and history/commentary of Bible and early church, spy/legal fiction such as John Grisham, Lee Child (Jack Reacher), Ken Follet.

What does true leadership mean to you?
Serving others, putting others first and making it possible for others to succeed.

Where would you like to travel?
I would like to travel to the Netherlands (the "old country" for me), to see where my ancestors are from. Also, it would allow me to see what it would be like to live below sea level!

What is your favorite sport?
Most definitely basketball, as I played all through junior high, high school and college. I also have been a basketball official for the past 25+ years. Officiating allows me to keep up with and stay involved in the game I love.

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