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Tom Karnowski

Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety
Board Member company since 2022

Tom joined the USIC team in 2016 where he serves as the Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety. During the first year of the pandemic Tom was also responsible as the executive looking after Fleet activities. Most recently he is chairing USIC’s Safety Advisory Council, a board-like program focused on utility senior EHS executives sharing infrastructure damage prevention wisdom for field services workforces.

Before USIC, Tom spent eight years with Granite Services, a GE affiliate. At Granite, Tom held various leadership roles, including Global EHS Director, Global Training Director, and Field Operations Leader. He travelled internationally extensively to develop workforces wherever GE was installing gas, steam, and wind turbines.

Prior to Granite, Tom served on active duty as a US Navy submarine officer achieving fleet excellence awards in nuclear engineering and Chief Engineer from 1998-2008.  He retired from the military after a combined 22 years of active duty and drilling reserves in May 2020. He was awarded a Joint Meritorious Service Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal for his service in Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom 2012-2013. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Tom is home based in Tampa Florida where he and his wife and 3 sons are figuring out how to hobby-farm with a small herd of alpacas, miniature donkeys, rabbits, feral cats, and some very spoiled labradoodle dogs.