Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP, is a managing principal for LJB Inc. in Dayton, OH. Thom has 25+ years of experience and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. In 2006, Thom earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
An ASSP member since 2001, Thom serves ASSP in numerous roles. Most recently, Thom served as an At-Large Director on the board and is currently a member of the finance committee. Previously, Thom was the Vice President for the Council on Professional Development and chair of the Professional Development Conference planning committee. Thom serves on three ANSI/ASSP committees – Z359 and Z590.3 and is ASSP’s alternate on ANSI/ALI A14 committee. He is the Chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z359 full committee. Finally, Thom serves as president of the International Society for Fall Protection, and has planned symposiums for ISFP on three different continents since taking office in 2010. Thom has presented at ASSP chapters around the world and for other organizations within the safety profession.
Thom has received the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award twice, All-CoPS Safety Professional of the Year, Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year, Outstanding Engineer and Scientist award from the Affiliates Society Council and Safety Trainer of the year from Saxcies. Thom is a member of the Dayton Rotary Club and is a facilitator for LJB University. On a personal note, Thom is supported by his wife, Tracey, and two sons, Trevor and Tanner.
Collaboration is a key factor in our successes. Each of us can connect with times we achieved more than we thought we could because of someone else. In my past roles, I have collaborated with many of you from the chapter level, the regions, common interest groups, practice specialties, standards’ committees, the board and through professional development events. Our collaboration allows us to understand the discourse needed in our profession and create the knowledge and intellectual property we operationalize to better protect people, property and the environment.
In this vice president of Finance role, we need someone who can understand and synergize this collaboration to allow us to make the best financial recommendations to the board and drive the dialogue at the board meetings. My broad education, expertise and experiences allow me to do just that. This background reinforces my platform statement. I will utilize my strengths – my background and having engaging conversations – to learn from our members, and to apply this learning to make our society and industry stronger.
As I reflect on my career, it becomes clearer that my greatest successes in the past have come from listening to others and synergizing these thoughts with my own experiences and perspectives. I have used this technique during my work with standards’ committees, other board positions, clients, fellow team members, one-on-one conversations and even for my sons’ sports teams.