Tom Lewis of T.W. Lewis Company becomes the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame.
The National Housing Quality Award (NHQA) was founded in 1992 and has grown into one of America’s most prestigious home building quality awards. Originally modeled after the Malcom Baldrige Award, the company review thoroughly evaluates the eight most critical areas of quality within an organization. In the past 23 years, only 46 NHQA Gold and 34 NHQA Silver recipients have been recognized for achieving outstanding quality ratings. In 2013, the National Housing Quality Award Hall of Fame was established and inducted its first member—Tom Lewis, founder of T.W. Lewis Company.
Tom’s BioTom is a native Kentuckian who grew up in Lexington. He earned a scholarship at the University of Kentucky for his “outstanding academic record, leadership, and sportsmanship qualities,” and graduated in 1971. After UK, Tom enrolled in the MBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With his two degrees in hand, Tom joined a large public home building firm, Ryan Homes. “I spent my first six months in the home building business in the field as a laborer,” Tom says. Rising through the ranks, he eventually became Ryan Homes’ youngest division manager at the age of 28. After stints with UDC Homes and Trammell Crow Residential, Tom was ready to start his own company in 1991. “The time I spent from grad school in 1973 to starting the T.W. Lewis Company in 1991 was invaluable. I was exposed to many great mentors and leaders and was able to start an authentic company that was based on the lessons and values I had learned from working for others.”T.W. Lewis Company was established with Tom’s core values of honesty, hard work, reliability, integrity, achievement, and compassion. From the beginning the company hewed to its mission statement: “Our mission is to become the best home building organization in America as measured by product quality, customer satisfaction, and profitability.” Since its inception, T.W. Lewis Company has built an enviable reputation in the Phoenix market and has received numerous national awards and recognition. Tom says, “I’m not sure if we can say we ever fully achieved our mission, but I think we came close.”