FULLY INVOLVED: Thomas Eagan, Finance and Administrative Director of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, has helped direct and organize various areas of the business including new hires, renovations and other administrative processes. /PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN
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Director of Finance and Administration, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP
THOMAS EAGAN did not originally plan to major in business at Bryant College (now Bryant University), but the promised finances prompted him to switch majors. During his 32 years with Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Eagan oversaw the firm’s financial and administrative affairs and helped sustain the growth of the Providence-based law firm. Eagan has managed and organized various areas over the years including recruitment, facilities, renovation and other administrative procedures.
“Learn as much as you can in the industry,” he advised aspiring finance executives. “Build relationships with your colleagues. Communicate, interact, discover their needs and be able to help them.”
Every organization Egan has worked with has been different. Eagan recommended working on understanding the business and organization first before bringing in knowledge from previous jobs that could prove useful in a new role. Both pieces of advice have served Eagan well in his various roles, such as Warwick City Treasurer.
“Learn as much as you can in the industry.”
In his spare time, Eagan continues to help organizations with their finances. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Eagan served on the board of directors of the Appalachian Mountain Club for five years, where he served on the club’s finance and compensation committees and chaired its audit committee.
“I’ve been hiking for 30 years,” Eagan said, so it was easy for him to get involved in the local organization and then move forward. “It was a great opportunity. I met interesting people and hopefully had an impact on his success.”
Eagan’s most recent project has been training his successor in anticipation of his retirement. As Eagan put it, “The law firm is bigger and more complex” than it used to be. So Eagan has to provide instructions on how to do just about anything, while also providing historical context to the company’s past.
Eagan valued the opportunity he was given and has worked hard to ensure his successor can advance the company.
“I’m leaving [the firm] in good hands,” said Eagan.
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