January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Tom Loughman • 33 • Hampton

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Great leaders draw upon the strengths of those around them and help them reach their full potential. When people work on things they are good at and passionate about, they are at their very best.

Why did you choose your profession?

I wanted a career that would allow me to develop and apply a wide range of leadership, management, technical, and interpersonal talents — all in the pursuit of doing something truly meaningful. I was very fortunate to have found such a career. The work I do is important to our national interest and ensures people go home safe each and every night.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

When I was a little boy, we lost my father to cancer at just 33 years old. It was devastating to my family and changed the course of our lives. Childhood was difficult, but character building. It gave me perspective and empathy for people in tough situations, because you never know how they got there and it is not always a matter of choice. I had the opportunity to go to college and make a better life for myself. That access to a great education gave me the freedom to pursue dreams, help people, and provide a bright future for my family. Opportunity made all the difference for me and I am driven to ensure everyone has a chance.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

New Hampshire college tuition must be more competitive to attract and retain young adults. We should support small business and entrepreneurship that offer flexible work hours and remote work. These perks are particularly desirable for young parents who require two incomes to make ends meet and juggle the challenges of their careers and parenting. We must catch up to other states by passing paid family and medical leave and ensure access to affordable quality childcare. These steps will help make New Hampshire the greatest state to live, work, and start a family.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

Enjoying time with family, continuing to challenge myself to grow personally and professionally, and making a meaningful difference in my community.

What was your last major achievement?

At AECOM, I support U.S. defense, security, intelligence, and civilian agencies in meeting their missions. That involves very important and often hazardous work for active duty, veterans, civil servants, and skilled craft employees. We do everything from reducing chemical weapon stockpiles and managing nuclear operations to training Army pilots. In my tenor we have reduced the rate of injury by half, preventing hundreds of injuries and sending our people home safely each day. We just completed our seventh consecutive best year ever for safety performance.

Volunteer activities: Faculty for Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Executive & Continuing Education — “Management & Leadership Skills for EH&S Professionals”; Trustee at the National Safety Council; Advisory Committee of the Campbell Institute; former elected Administrator for the American Society of Safety Engineers’ 4,000 member Young Professionals group; featured speaker at national conferences for the National Safety Council, the Campbell Institute, and the American Society of Safety Engineers.