The IAM Executive Council
R. Thomas Buffenbarger
International President

Warren Mart
General Secretary-Treasurer

Dave Ritchie

GVP Canada

Robert Roach, Jr.
GVP Transportation

Lynn Tucker
Eastern Territory

Robert Martinez
GVP Southern Territory

Richard Michalski

GVP Headquarters

Philip J. Gruber
GVP Midwest Territory

Gary Allen
GVP Western Territory


R. Thomas Buffenbarger
International President

The son of an IAM member, Tom Buffenbarger assumed his first IAM leadership post in 1970, at age 20, when he was elected steward of his apprenticeship group at the General Electric jet engine group, IAM LL912, Evendale, Ohio.

Seven years later, Tom Buffenbarger was elected as a Business Representative for IAM District 34, Cincinnati. In 1980 he was appointed as an IAM Special Representative for the Great Lakes Territory and three years later became Administrative Assistant to the General Vice President for that territory.

Buffenbarger came to IAM Headquarters in 1986 to work in the IAM Organizing Department and two years later, was appointed Executive Assistant to the International President. He served in that position under International Presidents William Winpisinger and George Kourpias.

From 1991 to 1997 Buffenbarger served as IAM General Vice President at Headquarters, functioning as chief of staff of all Headquarters operations. He was elected to the office of International President in 1997. Born Dec., 1950. Tom and his wife, Linda, have two children.