MANAGEMENT AWARD

Thomas J. Ryan III Tom Ryan is responsible for negotiating and administering seventeen collective bargaining agreements for National Grid. Tom works closely with four international unions representing 18 locals: the Steelworkers (USW), the Utility Workers (UWUA), the IBEW (Electricians) and the Teamsters (IBT).

Raised in Lynn, Tom is a 1985 graduate of Union College in Schenectady NY where he played Division 1 hockey. After graduating, he was Assistant Hockey Coach for a year, and Chief Recruiter the following season. Tom received his MBA for Northeastern University in 1992. Returning home in 1987, Tom joined Boston Gas as a meter reader, then a Marketing Coordinator in 1988. He helped launch Boston Gas’ first-in-the-nation home energy conservation program (now Mass Save) as a Supervisor in 1990, then as the program’s Manager in 1992.

In 1995, Tom was recruited by HR VP John J. Cohane (CGA 1990) as Labor Relations Manager. “I saw myself as a statistics-finance type, but Jack convinced me Labor Relations would be a ‘good experience’ and I’d ‘learn a lot’,” Tom notes. “I did and I stayed.” As Director of Employee-Labor Relations, “My job is to be fair and solve problems,” Tom explains.” I get to work for (and with) excellent people and fix problems that matter.

Whether people problems or a contractual disagreement, it gets resolved in a courteous, professional manner, and we move forward.” “Tom is a fair and honorable guy to deal with,” says Steve Finnigan, a USW International Rep. “In my experience, he always tries to do the right thing by employees.”

Tom is married to Dr. Bonnie J. Ryan, a Board Certified Emergency Physician, who directs the Emergency Services at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Leominster Campus. Tom and Bonnie have a daughter, Taryn, a Penn State freshman studying biochemistry, and Trevor (17), a senior at Algonquin Regional High School – also a hockey player.

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