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Tom Cairns


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A Word About Tom Cairns, Principal and Chief Career Coach

Tom returned to the Cairns Blaner Group in June, 2009, after serving a Presidential Appointment as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the U.S. Department Homeland Security under President George W. Bush and President Barrack Obama. As Chief Human Capital Officer for Homeland Security, Tom was responsible for human resource management and training for over 200,000 employees.

"Being the Chief Human Capital officer of the Department of Homeland Security is one of the toughest Human Resources positions in the Federal Government."
– Paul A. Schneider at Confirmation Hearing to become Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security May 14, 2008

Prior to founding the Cairns Blaner Group in 2007, Tom was Senior Vice President, Human Resources for NBC and NBC Universal, a division of General Electric Company. Tom spent 30 years at General Electric Company managing local, regional, and national human resource organizations.

Tom has demonstrated success leading human resource organizations in the private and public sector supporting executives in a high-performance culture. He is acknowledged for creating and staffing complex organizations that consistently deliver business results.

Expertise: Talent Management, Career Coaching, Executive Development, Organization Design and Staffing, Employee and Labor Relations, M&A

Education, Training, Affiliations and Publications

Tom has a Doctorate in Business Administration and a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University and a BS in Commerce from Rider University. He has received additional training from General Electric’s Management Development Institute in Six Sigma, Change Management, Facilitation, Advanced Human Resources Management, Positive Management Leadership; Master Certification in High Performance Systems from Belgard, Fisher, Raynor, Inc., and Certification in Predictive Index® from Praendix, Inc.

Tom has authored, co-authored and presented numerous articles on human resource management and leadership and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Employment Relations Today. He has taught graduate courses in Human Resource Management and Leadership. Tom has been a local and national member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Training and Development. He has also served as a board member of local non-profit community-based organizations and as a trustee and accreditation commissioner for educational institutions.

A Word About Blaner

Pronounced "Blon-ner" not Blan-er; ask Tom about Blaner.

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