Thomas J. Gagliardi Jr. – President & CEO – Email

Thomas J. Gagliardi Jr. is the President and CEO of Thomas Industries. Tom has been with Thomas Industries for over forty years and is one of the most experienced auctioneers and appraisers in the country. He has testified throughout the country as an expert witness in regard to equipment values for estate settlements, tax abatements, lender liabilities, and residual values.

Tom is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, Machinery Dealers National Association, World Presidents Organization and the National Auctioneers Association. A graduate of the Missouri Auction School and the University of Vermont.

Tom Gagliardi III – Vice President – Email

Tom is the third generation at Thomas Industries and has been exposed to all aspects of the business since his childhood. In the early 90’s he came to work full time at the company.

In the past 25 plus years, Tom has been involved with over 1,500 auctions conducted in four continents. Tom is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and holds current membership in the National Auctioneer’s Association (NAA) and Industrial Auctioneer’s Association (IAA) further enhancing his awareness of current trends in machinery values.

Tom earned his senior designation with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and has completed all classes, study work and experience needed to be assigned this certification. To date, he has personally conducted thousands of appraisals throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico giving him the unique ability to ascertain values of all types. He has appeared as an expert witness providing testimony in both state and federal courts.

Tom has served as an officer of the New England Chapter of the Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA) and participated as a member of the Turnaround Management Association.

Irina Lekhmus – Chief Financial Officer – Email

Irina has been the CFO of Thomas Industries for over thirteen years. Irina is responsible for overseeing all financial matters at Thomas Industries including accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger maintenance, payroll, financial auction reports, etc.

Jon Standish – Senior Auction Coordinator – Email

Jon is a graduate of Goucher College and has earned a BA in Political Science and European Studies. Jon has worked in the field as Thomas Industries’ auction coordinator for over 15 years with both domestic and international experience. John is responsible for coordinating all phases of the auction process. Jon has personally been responsible for some of the largest multi-day auction projects ever to be conducted. Jon’s responsibilities include photography, obtaining nomenclature, setting up, coordinating all aspects of the auction day, and overseeing the removal of equipment.

Thomas Blakely – High Tech Division – Email

Thomas Blakely has been involved with auctions, liquidations, and appraisals for over twenty-five years specializing in the High-Tech and Printed Circuit Board Industries. He has significant domestic and international experience liquidating single items, as well as entire plants. Tom also owned a manufacturer’s representative business that covered plastics, rubber, printed circuit board, wire, cable, food processing, chemical, waste recovery, etc. Previously, he was in sales and marketing at General Electric. Tom graduated from the Missouri Auction School and has earned a degree from Washington & Jefferson College.

Joe Marshall – Primary Metal Division – Email

Joe Marshall has an engineering background that spans a period of over 35 years. He is well versed in equipment design, manufacture, re-building, process technology, and appraising assets. Joe’s experience ranges from naval nuclear power, power generation, the metals industry, and clad electronic materials. He is a recognized international authority in the areas of rolling, bonding, and slitting in the metals industry.

Joe is the founder and President of Technical Concepts, Inc. a unique company specializing in rolling mills, slitters, solder print-on lines, continuous casting lines, and annealing furnaces for the precious metals industry. Sales are on an international basis, providing complete turn-key packages from installation right through onsite training.

Previously, Joe was the engineering manager at Handy & Harman and was responsible for all equipment design, and development of the clad metals program, with diffused gold-platinum alloys. Joe is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School. Joe heads up the Coventry, Rhode Island office and is the managing partner of our Shanghai office.

Rick Ross – Real Estate Division

Rick heads up our real estate division. The real estate division through a partnership with Westmount Management, Inc. helps our clients evaluate, dispose of, renegotiate and acquire fee simple and leasehold real estate interests. He has a BS degree in Economics from the Boston College Carrol School of Management, is a Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCXP) from the University of Wisconsin, School of Engineering, is licensed by the State of Connecticut Real Estate Commission, and is a member in the Town of Branford, CT of the Inland Wetlands Commission.

Ray Radovich – Computer & Electronics Division

Ray brings over twenty-six years of experience in the computer and electronics industries. Ray has worked in sales and technical support for corporate networks, small business networks, and home applications. Over the last decade, Ray has established relationships in salvaging and liquidating excess inventory for IBM, AT& T, Verizon, and American Express. He has earned a BS in Mathematics from Fairfield University.