San-P Homes in New Milford doesn't just build residential homes.

Over the years, the company owned by Tom Pilla has constructed several commercial properties.

Among them: the New Milford Bank & Trust building (1987), now home of Union Savings Bank, along Park Lane (Route 202); the addition and tunnel at Bank of America (1980s); the original Modern Plumbing building, now home of Fat City Screen Printing and Embroidery along Route 7 South; the building adjacent to Starbucks along Route 7 South); and several others.

In addition, San-P Homes constructed Prospect Commons along Route 67, a 138-unit condominium complex that has "provided a lot of affordable housing" to town, Tom said.

Tom said, over the years, he has bought several sites around town others may not have considered buying because of the condition of the property.

He quipped how land-use attorney Terry Pellegrini referred to him in the past as the "mini EPA" because Tom bought many properties that needed cleaning up.

When it comes to the economy today, Tom recommends the "town focus on its economical base by looking at the developed, underdeveloped and undeveloped land to see the maximum tax base that could be achieved."

Tom has for years had a strong voice in town and shared his ideas and business knowledge in several capacities.

He served on the Town Council from the early 1990s to 2000; the Sewer Commission as chairman during the 1980s and '90s; numerous appointed positions; and is currently a member of the town's pension and school facility and utilization committees.

--Deborah Rose