Thomas "Tommy" Buchanan

Thomas “Tommy” E. Buchanan, a third generation lineman, began his career as a groundsman, advanced to line crew foreman and ultimately became Electric Safety and Training Director with Gainesville Regional Utilities in Gainsville, FL.  A dedicated leader and educator, his career has been marked with efforts toward the betterment of generations of lineman as he spent countless hours developing training and safety education programs and promoting careers in the electric industry through county schools and community and civic groups.  In 2003 Buchanan and the Florida Lineman’s Planning Committee recieved the Member of the Year Award at the FEMA-FMPA Annual Conference.  Buchanan retired in 2007 after thirty-one years of dedicated service with Gainesville Regional Utilities.