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R. Thomas Buffenbarger is the 13th International President since the founding of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in 1888.
The son of an IAM member, Tom Buffenbarger assumed his first IAM leadership post in 1970, at age 20, when he was elected Shop Steward of his apprenticeship group at General Electric Jet Engines, IAM LL912, Evendale, Ohio.
Cervantes first joined the IAM Executive Council on July 1, 2013 as the first Hispanic woman to serve as a General Vice President. Cervantes has served as the Assistant Secretary to the General Secretary-Treasurer since 2012. As General Vice President, Cervantes worked in partnership with the General Secretary-Treasurer to administer the IAM’s financial operations.
Dave Ritchie, 40-year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) brings the talents of a seasoned negotiator, skilled organizer, and political activist and experienced administrator to the position of IAM Canadian Vice President.
Lynn Tucker began his career with the Machinists Union in 1976 working for Miller Brewery, in Fulton, New York. He has held a variety of elected offices in the IAM including Shop Steward, Senior Steward, Local Lodge Vice President, President, and Vice President of the New York State Council of Machinists. Lynn was active and served in the Oswego, New York Labor Council and the Greater Syracuse, New York Labor Council. He also served as Director of the United Way in Fulton, New York, and was President of the Industrial Relations Research Association, Central New York Chapter, Syracuse, New York, and was an active member of CLUW and the NAACP.
Robert Martinez, Jr. has served as the Headquarters General Vice President since July 1, 2013. The Headquarters Vice President helps administer the operation of IAM Headquarters, the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center and has jurisdiction for Government Employees and Aerospace sectors. Martinez first joined the Executive Council in 2003 at the General Vice President assigned to the Southern Territory.
Philip J. Gruber has been a member of the Machinists Union since his initiation into Local Lodge 688 in 1972. It was then that he began his apprenticeship. He became a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker in 1976. He served as Steward, Chief Steward, Treasurer and President of Lodge 688. He was elected as delegate to the St. Louis Labor Council, the Missouri State Council of Machinists and the IAM National Tool & Die Conference.
Gary Allen was initiated into IAM Local Lodge 794 in 1979 upon his employment at the General Electric Aircraft Engine Plant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Sito Pantoja has served as the IAM General Vice President assigned to Transportation since January 2012. The Transportation Department operates from IAM Headquarters and administers contracts in the railroad and air transport sectors in the United States.
Mark Blondin has served as the General Vice President assigned to the Southern Territory since July 1, 2013. The Southern Territory includes fourteen states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia as well as Puerto Rico, Panama and the Virgin Islands.
Diane Babineaux joined the IAM Executive Council on July 1, 2013 as the first African-American woman to serve as a General Vice President. She has served as the Chief of Staff, formerly Executive Assistant, to the International President since 2000.
James Conigliaro joined the IAM Executive Council on August 1, 2015. As General Vice President, Conigliaro will work in partnership with the General Secretary-Treasurer to administer the IAM’s financial operations.