Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr.
Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc. and chairman of Gilbane Building Company. He is the seventh family member to lead the company since its start in 1873. 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. He has been the driving force behind Gilbane Building Company’s expansion in the U.S. and internationally.
Mr. Gilbane joined Gilbane Building Company in 1970 and has served in numerous field and office positions. Under his guidance, Gilbane operates with a “one company” philosophy that maximizes the organization’s resources and expertise on projects and business pursuits. His leadership exemplifies a strong family culture and commitment to ensuring the highest standards on safety and ethics. In 2014, he was the recipient of the National Safety Council’s ‘CEOs Who Get It’ that recognized his personal pledge to worker safety and wellness.
For six years, Mr. Gilbane was the chairman of the ACE Mentor Program of America and continues to serve on its Executive Committee. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Construction; a member and former chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT); a board director for the family-owned energy industry company, Ergon, Inc.; and serves on the board of advisors for the Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (IFE) at Babson College.
A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Business’ Advanced Management Program, he earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil engineering while majoring in project management. Mr. Gilbane earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Babson College and a Certificate in Building Construction from the Rhode Island School of Design. He attended Brown University for three years studying liberal arts and served six years in the Army National Guard’s Engineer Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant.