Tom Hardiman

Executive Director l Modular Building Institute

As the official spokesperson for the modular construction industry, Tom has been involved in leadership roles in modular construction since 2004 when he was named the Executive Director for the Modular Building Institute, the international non-profit trade association for the commercial modular industry. In 2012, Tom launched his association management company, Hardiman-Williams, LLC with his business partner, Steven Williams. At that time, he took on the additional role as Executive Director for the Modular Home Builders Association, the national non-profit trade association serving the modular home industry.

Tom has extensive experience as an advocate on various legislative, regulatory, and building code issues at the state and federal levels. He was one of the leading forces behind the creation of the Offsite Construction Council at the National Institute of Building Science and has served on it's board since its inception. He also serves on the Wells Fargo/NREL Innovation Incubator Board. In 2015, his company launched the first “Offsite Construction Expo” in North America. The Expo has since been delivered in person and virtually over a dozen times to thousands of attendees.


Hardiman was previously the Executive Director with Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia where he lobbied for pro-business and pro-growth legislation. Prior to association management, Hardiman assisted small businesses and entrepreneurs as Director of a Small Business Development Center. He has also worked in the economic development, banking, and insurance fields. He earned bachelor’s and M.B.A. at Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and the designation of Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he has successfully completed several leadership courses at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Tom has spoken at numerous conferences around the world including events in England, Ireland, Spain, and Hong Kong. As a tireless advocate and spokesperson for the modular industry specifically and non-profits in general, he brings his entrepreneurial background and passion to his presentations. Tom has been interviewed and regularly cited in publications such as ENR Magazine, Fast Company, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Tom has served on the Board of Directors for both the WV and VA Society of Association Executives. For the past decade, he has served various leadership roles with his local Boys and Girls Club, including interim director.