As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IHMM, Gene Guilford leads and supervises the daily operation of the Institute, its staff, and its strategic initiatives. We talk about his experience leading the organization, their mission, why industry credentials are a differentiator, and the various credential programs the IHMM offers to practicing professionals in the hazardous materials, health, safety, and dangerous goods communities of practice. We also learn how the IHMM is developing young professionals in college before they begin their careers through their Student credential programs.
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CEO of the IHMM
Gene Guilford came to IHMM in September of 2018 after a more than 25 year career as a
professional association leader in the energy and environment space, including successful
leadership roles in state and federal government relations programs. Before his career in non-profit leadership began, Gene served as the Chief of Staff to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy as a political appointee of President Ronald Reagan – where he worked on issues as diverse as the deregulation of oil and natural gas to nuclear energy.
Gene’s background includes having started and grown two 501[c] education foundations in Connecticut and Maine whose programs led to licensure for the participants. Both foundations were recognized by their respective state governments as private, non-profit, vocational-technical schools that served more than 1,100 students annually.