William Gilbane '70

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Alumni Spotlight – William Gilbane Jr. ‘70

Graduating from Brown in 1970 with a degree in Political Science, William Gilbane Jr. ‘70 played three seasons on the varsity men’s hockey team under head coach James Fullerton, recording a combined 49-26-4 record over that span while amassing six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.  As a rookie in the 1966-67 season, Gilbane netted two goals under freshman hockey coach Allan Soares.

After graduation, Gilbane joined the family business, Gilbane, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest construction companies.  Gilbane, Inc., was founded in 1873 and has developed into the nation’s premier construction and program managers.  With more than 60 offices worldwide, Gilbane, Inc., has overseen landmark projects such as the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport, and The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.

For 18 years, Gilbane served as the company’s Senior Vice President for the New England region, overseeing over 400 employees and $500 million in annual projects.  Five new district offices were established under Gilbane’s tenure as senior vice president before he ascended to executive vice president in 2001. 

As Executive Vice President, Gilbane was the main influence on the company’s standard of client satisfaction and operational excellence program.  He also was an instrumental leader in employee learning and development through Gilbane University, an initiative that drives superior performance by developing people to serve clients worldwide.

Since 2004, Gilbane has served as President and Chief Operating Officer, while leading the company’s operations efforts with a focal point on client expectations and Gilbane’s safety program.  For his efforts as President and COO, Gilbane received the Engineering News Record Magazine’s Newsmaker Award for championing the firm’s training program in 2008.  Gilbane, Inc., also received high accolades during that period, as it was named one of Building Design & Construction Magazine’s Best AEC Firms to Work For in 2008 and Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For from 2009-11.

William Gilbane has been active in the community as a member of the Irish Famine Memorial Committee and serving on the board of the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society.  Gilbane previously served on the U.S. Olympic Committee and Advisory Committee for the NCAA Hockey Championship.

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