Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP, is a managing principal for LJB Inc. in Dayton, OH. Thom has 23+ years of experience and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. In 2006, he earned an M.B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, OH. A member since 2000, Thom has served ASSP in numerous roles and currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Previously, Thom was vice president for the Council on Professional Development and was chair of the Professional Development Conference (PDC) Planning Committee for three years. Thom served on the PDC Planning Committee since Safety 2007 and chaired the program subcommittee. He serves on three ANSI/ASSP committees – Z359, Z117 and Z590.3. He is chair of Z359 and chairs two standards – Z359.1 and Z359.17. Thom also serves as president of the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP), 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 profession.
He has received the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award twice, the Council on Practices and Standards Safety Professional of the Year Award, Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award and the ASSP President’s Award. Thom also received the 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. Thom is also 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 – I feel this is the story of my life. I have only achieved my successes because of others in the various facets of my life – personal, work, volunteer and faith. For my two years as vice president, Council on Professional Development, I worked with the vice presidents of Council on Region Affairs and Council on Practices and Standards to identify what their council members (region vice presidents, and practice specialty and common interest group leaders) need for success. We identified specific actions I took to leverage our strengths. This effort reinforces my platform statement – to utilize my strength of having engaging conversations to learn from our members, and to apply this learning to make our Society stronger.
As I reflect on this situation above, 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.
I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving you and am excited about what we will achieve together.