As the Senior Technology Officer, Thomas Layer is responsible for the strategic vision and direction for the organization’s technology needs, ensuring that ZERO TO THREE takes advantage of emerging technology innovations and platforms, and maintains reliable, secure, and HIPPA-compliant technology systems and IT services. In addition, Tom provides guidance and implementation oversight on individually funded projects’ unique technology needs in collaboration with project directors.
Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Tom was the Head of Technology at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the 15th largest credit union in the United States. He transformed and modernized the technical capabilities and digital services during his tenure. This focus helped realize the credit union’s growth goals to double in size and surpass more than $11B in assets while serving over 425,000 members. With his focus on people, process and technology, Tom established Centers of Excellence to promote innovation and technological advancements that have resulted in thousands of hours of operational efficiencies. He also created a Strategic Realization Office that promoted transparency and prioritization of organizational goals that drive digital and operational advancements. Leveraging Agile principles, Tom has led their adoption throughout the company creating a culture of change leadership and continuous improvement.
Tom is a large proponent of mission-driven organizations. He currently mentors and educates small business entrepreneurs through ScoreMentors a resource partner with the Small Business Association (SBA). He puts his handyman skills to work volunteering at The Habitat For Humanity and Rebuilding Together Long Island (RTLI) organizations to help others realize their dreams of home ownership. When he’s not helping out the community, Tom is active in the Society for Information Management keeping abreast of the latest technological advancements that uncover value and promote new opportunities.
Tom currently resides in Holbrook, NY on Long Island. As the youngest child of seven, he has quite the extended family keeping him occupied along with his own kids. While not attending school sports and all of his children’s activities, Tom enjoys playing guitar, working on classic cars and traveling with the family.