Tom Mullen worked for his father’s underground utility company in Brick, NJ from 1991 to 2001 starting as a pipe laborer and working his way up to foreman. In 2001, Tom joined Renaissance Properties Developers in Oldbridge, NJ as Vice President of Site Development. He worked on projects from their planning stage through scheduling, budgeting all trades involving site construction, until and including bond release for both residential and commercial building projects. In 2011, following the real estate market crash in 2008, Tom pivoted and took a position with his employer working at Iplay America in Freehold, NJ. He helped create and manage maintenance and security divisions for Iplay America.
In 2012, Tom saw a huge opportunity to go back to what he loved and purchased North American Pipeline from his father’s friend Fred Choppy, who was looking to retire and had three employees at the time with $750,000 in gross sales. At the time, his present employer became his investing partner and helped purchase NAP. Since then, NAP has grown to be one of the largest pipe rehabilitation contractors in the tri-state area and now averages gross sales of nearly $15 million per year with over 55 employees.
Tom and his wife Eileen have been blessed with three beautiful daughters Madeline, Gracie and Brooke. Tom is an active committee member and has been recently elected to the board of directors of the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA), one of the leading associations in the nation focusing on heavy highway and utility infrastructure issues. Tom and NAP have been featured in industry magazines such as Cleaner highlighting the companies versatility to its customers both private and public.
North American Pipeline was founded in 1974 in Lakewood, New Jersey. In 1984, Mr. Fred Choppy acquired and operated North American Pipeline. When Mr. Choppy was ready to retire, Thomas Mullen IV, a family friend of the Choppy’s with more than 20 years in the underground utility industry, purchased NAP in December 2012.
Tom quickly grew North American Pipeline Services LLC by incorporating services beyond jet-vac cleaning and CCTV inspections as well as securing larger-scale, higher profile public projects. NAP now provides hydro-excavation, full service replacement and repairs to existing utilities and installation of new storm drain, sanitary sewer and potable water systems.
In recent years, NAP has become a force within the no-dig “trenchless” technology repair solution sector. Services include CIPP lateral lining, UV spot repairs, mechanical joint seals and sleeves, manhole and catch basin relining, grout injection of manholes, mains and laterals, and service lateral to main connector utilizing UV technology.