In his role as Akhiok-Kaguyak’s Corporate HR Director, Thomas and his team of HR professionals provide guidance and support to our Sugpiat Family of Companies. Thomas’s passion is helping to recruit, reward, and retain high-performing workforces engaged in the company’s culture and mission, while achieving the highest standards for employment-related compliance and lean, effective HR infrastructure. Thomas holds a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from World at Work, a SHRM-SCP, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Oregon. Thomas has served as an HR executive for several large companies, both as an employee and executive HR services provider, as engaged by Akhiok. Across his twenty-five years of experience in Human Resources, Thomas has become known as a business-focused HR expert who finds creative means for achieving challenging ends. Throughout his career, Thomas has been an active member in his community and profession, taking on leadership roles in SHRM, non-profit boards, and business-led efforts to address high healthcare costs. His industry experience includes engineering, construction, telecommunications, oil field services, technology, security, retail, consulting, non-profits, tribal organizations, and government contracting.