Thomas Shanahan

Vice President at National Roofing Contractors Association
MBA, CAE, Rosemont, IL
United States

Tom Shanahan joined the NRCA staff in 1989. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., graduating with a degree in business management. Shanahan also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has been responsible for leading NRCA’s Enterprise Risk Management Section throughout his tenure. In addition, he directs and teaches in the Future Executives and Executive Management Institutes, NRCA’s highly regarded executive programs held at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Shanahan is passionate about helping roofing contractors’ businesses become more successful, not only in the critical area of worker safety, but with regard to all challenges and risks that confront them. His approach is founded on the considered development of vision statements and implementation of effective strategic plans. As such, he regularly teaches strategic planning, leadership, management, communication and training-related programs on behalf of NRCA. He is also known for his knowledge of roofing safety and health issues; contributions to NRCA's Professional Roofing magazine; and development of educational programs. Shanahan was appointed in 2008 by the U.S. secretary of labor and served a 3½ -year term on OSHA’s Advisory Committee of Construction Safety and Health. He has also served on the oversight committee for NIOSH’s Prevention through Design national initiative and is a current member of the NORA Construction Sector Council. He is active in affecting regulatory actions on behalf of the roofing industry, working with DOT, OSHA and NIOSH officials. He is a member of the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) serving on its A10 Committee on Safety in Construction and Demolition Operations including a number of its various subcommittees. He is also an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association Forum of Chicagoland.