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Biography of Illustrious Sir Thomas C. Russell, P.P.

Updated 09/23/2015

• Married to Marie, his High School Sweetheart of 38 years.
• Together they raised five children and are the proud Grandparents of fifteen Grand-Children, all living in Michigan.
• Served two tours of Active Duty in the U.S. Marine Corps with his most recent assignments of VMFA-312, MCAS Beaufort, SC and NAS, Meridian, MS.
• Tom and Marie own Best-Aire CSI, an Industrial Air Compressor Distributorship with Branches in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
• Tom is the Past President of the ICDA (International Association) for Air Compressor Distributors.
• Tom is a Board Member of theNational Automotive and Truck Museum (NATMUS) Auburn, Indiana
• Tom started his Masonic Journey at Andrew Chapel Masonic Lodge in Meridian, Mississippi while serving in the Marine Corps in 1980 where he also joined the Scottish Rite and Hamasa Shrine.
• Tom earned his degree in Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while in the Marine Corps.
• Upon finishing his military tour, Tom moved his family to Texas to complete his college education at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation he transferred to Michigan where he and Marie raised their family.
• Tom is Past Potentate 2009 of Saladin Shrine Temple in Grand Rapids Michigan. His many accomplishments include:
• Past Master of Rockford Masonic Lodge 246
• Past Associate Board Member of Chicago Shrine Hospital
• Past Director of the Desert Sheiks (Harley Drill Team)
• Past Commander of the Saladin Legion of Honor
• Past Director Jesters Court 11 Grand Rapids Michigan

• PNE and PBH El Hajj Caravanseri Grand Rapids Michigan


• Founding Charter Member of West Michigan Order of Quetzalcoatl


• Charter Member of Widows Sons Masonic Motorcycle Club

• Past Rabban of Hillbilly Clan 80 Cass County Michigan
• Muskegon Clown Unit as “Officer Max”
• Yellow Dog Kennel No. 1 Meridian Mississippi
• O.F.E Member Nex-Gen Indianapolis Indiana
• Past President of Saladin Cabiri 105 Grand Rapids Michigan
• Tom and Marie enjoy Traveling, Classic Cars and a Growing Family Life.
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