National Roofing Contractors Association
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 worked in the hotel industry for 11 years before NRCA, where his responsibilities
included departmental management, food and beverage controller, and senior and executive management positions.
Throughout his tenure at NRCA, he has been responsible for directing its risk management section. In addition, he has
directed NRCA University, the National Roofing Legal Resource Center, NRCA's international membership, state
legislative and regulatory activities, and the National Roofing Foundation.
Currently, he also directs NRCA's Future Executives and Executive Management Institutes. As part of the teaching
faculty of these institutes, Shanahan teaches strategic planning and risk management courses. Part of the FEI strategic
planning curriculum includes company-specific consulting that has had affected more than 150 roofing contractor
Armed with data from a 1999 national Gallup survey commissioned by NRCA revealing foremen wanted and needed leadership
and management training, Shanahan created For Foremen Only. Since that time, he has had the privilege of training
thousands of field managers. This success has led to the development and delivery of successful leadership and
management programs aimed at senior managers (For Senior Leaders Only) and owners (For Owners Only).
Shanahan is a regular speaker, instructor and facilitator at roofing industry events. He is known for his development
and delivery of educational programs; expertise regarding roofing safety and health concerns; involvement and
contribution to health and safety issues affecting the industry on national and international levels; contributions to
NRCA's Professional Roofing magazine; and effective communication, leadership, management and training strategies.