As with all unions, the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers comes from its members.
Members elect local lodge officers and delegates to the Consolidated Conventions held every five years. At the convention, the member-elected delegates elect International officers. Delegates, local lodge officers, and International officers are all members of the union.
Member-elected convention delegates also vote on changes to the International’s Constitution, which governs the actions of all International officers, staff, local lodges, and members.
At every level, members lead the union.
Meet Our Leaders
Newton B. Jones
A 49-year member of the Boilermakers union, Newton began his career as a field construction Boilermaker in 1971, the day after he turned 18…
William T. Creeden
William T. Creeden has served as International secretary-treasurer since Dec. 5, 2005, when he was unanimously approved by the International Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of IST Jerry Willburn, who retired. Creeden had previously served, since December 1993, as director of organizing and an assistant to the International president.
A member of Local 627 (Phoenix) since 1978, Creeden began his Boilermaker career as a field construction apprentice and worked primarily as a pressure welder. In 1986, he was hired as an organizer to implement the Brotherhood’s innovative “Fight Back” construction organizing strategy. He later served as a general organizer and as assistant to the director of organizing and communication. IST Creeden has also served as director of computer services.
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone: (913) 371-2640
Lawrence J. McManamon
International Vice-President Great Lakes
Lawrence J. McManamon has been the International Vice President for the Great Lakes Section of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO, since 1990.
Larry began his career as a field construction boilermaker in 1967. He served Local 744 (Cleveland, Ohio) as a trustee and business agent in 1975, and was elected lodge president in 1976, serving in that position until his 1986 election as the local's business manager and secretary-treasurer.
As International Vice President, Larry serves as a trustee on the national pension and annuity funds, as secretary of the Great Lakes Area Apprenticeship Fund, and as chairman of the Ohio Valley Articles of Agreement and the Great Lakes Area Agreement.
18500 Lake Road, Suite 210
Rocky River, OH 44116-1744
Phone: (440) 333-0300
Fax: (440) 333-8448
J. Tom Baca
International Vice-President Western States
J. Tom Baca began his Boilermaker career as a field construction worker in 1969. A member of Local 549 (Pittsburg, California), Baca worked his way up the ranks, from steward to job superintendent, earning an appointment as an assistant business manager in 1994. He has served as both trustee and chairman of trustees on the Local 549 executive board and became business manager/secretary-treasurer for Local 549 in March 2005.
A third-generation Boilermaker, Baca has been president of both the Contra Costa Building Trades and Central Labor Council, and a member of the executive board for that area’s NAACP chapter.
Baca was appointed union trustee to the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in 2005. He also served on the Law Committee for the 31st Consolidated Convention in July 2006.
On February 1, 2007, he became International vice president of the Western States.
1401 Willow Pass Road, Suite 870
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 798-7665
John T. Fultz
International Vice-President Northeast
John Fultz is the Boilermakers’ International Vice President for the Northeast Section.
He began his career in 1974 as an apprentice with Boilermakers Local 175, Oswego, New York (now Local 5, Zone 175), and graduated as a journeyman in 1978.
He worked as a field construction Boilermaker until 1997, when he was elected Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of L-175.
In 2004, Fultz became a Construction Division International Rep while also working as L-175 BM-ST. He moved to a full-time rep position in 2008.
Fultz was appointed Assistant Director of Construction Sector Operations in 2009. After eight years in that position, he was appointed Executive Director – CSO and Assistant Director of Administrative Affairs of the International President. He was also appointed Special Assistant to the International President. He held the ED-CSO position for only a short time before being elected IVP-NE.
Fultz also serves as a trustee and secretary on the boards of the Boilermakers National Health and Welfare Fund and the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust. In addition, he serves on the Joint Committee on Administration for the National Funds.
12200 N Ambassador Dr, Suite 333
Kansas City, MO 64163
Phone: (913) 281-8175
Arnie M. Stadnick
International Vice-President Canada
Arnie Stadnick is the Boilermakers’ International Vice President for Canada.
In 1982, he indentured as an apprentice at Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta). He served a three-year Boilermaker apprenticeship, after which he secured his journeyman ticket in 1986. Stadnick worked in both the ISO and CSO divisions serving as an apprentice, journeyman, job steward, foreman, general foreman and superintendent on various job sites.
In 2005, he began working for Local 146 as a business rep and assistant business manager. L- 146 members elected him business manager/secretary-treasurer in 2011 and again in 2013.
Stadnick joined the staff in 2015 as an International Rep. In 2017, he was appointed as the Canadian Director – ISO and Assistant to the Director – ISO. Stadnick graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 2017.
#204, 10059 - 118th Street
Edmonton, AB, CAN T5K 0B9
Phone: (780) 483-0823
Fax: (780) 489-3043
International Vice-President Southeast
Timothy Simmons began his Boilermaker career on a boiler outage in 1999, working out of Boilermakers Local 108, in Birmingham, Alabama, at the Alabama Power Miller Steam Plant. Brother Simmons considers it an honor to have been able to serve his Brothers and Sisters in many different roles, including as a Local 108 Business Agent/Secretary Treasurer, District Lodge #3 Officer, Director of National Recruitment Services, Director of Construction Division Services and Assistant to the International President.
In October 2022, the International Executive Council voted unanimously to elect Brother Simmons to fill the IVP-Southeast Section vacancy, effective February 1, 2023, upon the retirement of Warren Fairley. In addition to his role as IVP-Southeast Section, he serves as Executive Director of Construction Sector Operations, Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the International President.
100 Country Club Drive, Suite 203
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Phone: (615) 824-2523
Fax: (615) 826-5983