Board of Advisor, Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship
Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. is the chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc., a holding company with subsidiaries, Gilbane Building Company of which he is chairman, James F. Freeman of which he is CEO, and Gilbane Development Company. Mr. Gilbane sets the strategy and goals for Gilbane, Inc. in collaboration with the Board of Directors, and directs the organization's growth through acquisitions or investments.
Under his leadership, Gilbane operates with a "one company" philosophy that maximizes the organization's resources and expertise on projects and business pursuits. Mr. Gilbane has been the driving force behind Gilbane Building Company's expansion in the U.S. and internationally. Gilbane's extensive geographic footprint now includes over 45 U.S. and international offices, allowing efficient execution of projects cost-effectively across the globe. He was recognized by The National Safety Council as one of 2014's CEOs Who 'Get It', an annual recognition of leaders who demonstrate a personal commitment to world-class safety.
Mr. Gilbane joined Gilbane Building Company full-time in 1970 after having worked six summers in various training assignments. He has served in most field and office positions during his tenure. He was appointed Vice President/Regional Manager in 1976 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to open the company's Midwest offices. In 1983, Mr. Gilbane was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Gilbane Building Company, and returned to the corporate office in Providence, Rhode Island in 1984. He was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. In July of 2008, Mr. Gilbane became President and Chief Executive Officer of Gilbane, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.
Mr. Gilbane served for six years as chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of America and continues to serve on the Executive Committee, is a member of the National Academy of Construction, a member and former chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table, and a member of the board of directors for the family-owned energy industry company Ergon, Inc. His past appointments include member of the Brown University Engineering Advisory Committee; Associated General Contractors of America National/Regional Contractor's Committee; former chairman of the Babson Finance Committee and former Babson College Trustee; U.S. Lacrosse Foundation and In-Sight director. He is the former national chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and has held numerous positions with United Way of America including vice chairman of the board and a member of both the board of directors and the executive committee. He has served as campaign chair, board chair, and board member of the United Way of Rhode Island. Mr. Gilbane has served as a director and head of the compensation committee of FairPoint Communications, a director of NYNEX New England and New York boards, as well as a director of Fleet National Bank of Rhode Island.
Mr. Gilbane graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Business Advanced Management Program; Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management; Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Rhode Island School of Design, Evening Division with a Certificate in Building Construction; and attended Brown University for three years studying liberal arts.