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Professional Profile: Thomas Walsh 2017

About

  • Title: Vice President & Regional Leader
  • Company: Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
  • Location: Endicott, NY
  • Birthplace: Johnson AFB, Yokohama Japan
Thomas Walsh, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.

Family: Wife of 35 years, two daughters, one son-in-law, one grandson

College: The Pennsylvania State University

First job unrelated to your current field: Clerk/cashier at local store in small town.

First job in current field: Bridge inspector for Broome County Dept. of Public Works

What your firm does now and its plans for the future? Stantec is a global design firm; we offer fully integrated architecture and engineering services. The design and construction world is always evolving. A current focus is looking at creative ways to deliver our projects – methods that could save on cost and time, with safety always paramount.

Hobbies: Soccer and basketball coaching (retired), golf, hiking

Favorite novel: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite film: Too many but a few include: “Silence of the Lambs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Saving Private Ryan”

Keys to success: Learn to lead a group of volunteers. Encourage younger staff to volunteer in an organization that interests them and pursue a leadership role with that organization. Motivating and leading teams that you do not control in a work environment is both challenging and rewarding. I did this with our local Youth Athletic Association (various roles over 10 years) and my local Planning Board (vice chairman 9 years).

Person(s) you most admire (outside of family): Stephen Hawking, Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King

The list is long and varies with challenges I try and address every day.  Attributes include:

• Creative people, I cannot stop to marvel at their ability to imagine and execute.

• People who are humble and grounded even after being “so called” successful.

• People who have the ability to take life lightly.

• People who have the courage to reboot their life for things they love to do.

• People who have the ability to remain calm in worst of situations.

• People wo possess clarity of thinking and the ability to simplify life.

These include:  Stephen Hawking, Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King

If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be? I always considered the military. My father was a career Air Force Officer, my brothers and nephew served as well. Jobs in the military vary in type of work and responsibility, yet each is essential to accomplishing the overall mission of defending our country. This appealed to me when I was younger. I admire those who do choose to serve.