Jack Tiboni - The midnight rambler retires after 26 years

December 19, 2019

Jack Tiboni has many great stories to tell about his Yale career. He’s retiring in January, after 26 years, and sat down to share a few of his funniest and most cherished memories.

When Jack steps out of his North Frontage Road office for the last time, he leaves as the Senior Manager of the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Trades department. He started in 1993 as a controls mechanic working the third shift.  “I called myself the midnight rambler, as I did my rounds every night,” said Jack. He spent the majority of his career at the Yale Medical School.Jack Tiboni, retiring after 26 years at Yale.

About 10 years ago, Jack returned to school to complete a B.S. in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. Having a degree enabled him to be promoted and manage a large team of managers and tradesmen. Tough, fair, and a true professional, Jack is proud of his team and their collective ability to provide stellar customer service to the Medical School community. “I have excellent tradespeople, the best mechanics on campus, and amazing managers. Together we make one heck of a team. Hopefully, some medical cure or breakthrough will happen because of our support and efforts,” said Jack.

They are a tightknit, jovial team. Several of Jack’s employees stop by his office to check-in, get instructions, or tease Jack for missing a meeting. The unit maintains all the building’s automation controls and infrastructure for the School of Medicine, including lighting, heating, plumbing, and cooling. Many of these areas are used for research. Jack’s duties are two-fold, as the senior manager for all the trades and front-line manager for the Physical Plant Controls department. He laughs when saying “they are replacing me with two people!”

While he reminisces about many things, his best memories are of interactions with staff, researchers, and the Yale Animal Resources Center staff. “Me and my team work daily to ensure our scientists can do their research without any impediments,” said Jack. When asked about his greatest accomplishment, he mentions two; building an indoor hibernaculum from scratch and working on the Amistad Street Building’s infrastructure as it was going up.

“I’m going to miss the people–those who work for me, and those I’ve worked with over the years. I can’t say enough good things about my team. I’ve had a good career. It’s been fun,” said Jack.

Jack was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and landed in West Haven, Connecticut, by way of Brooklyn, New York. Before coming to Yale, he worked for Shell Oil in Houston, Texas. He is married and has two grown sons and two grandchildren. In retirement, he hopes to spend more time with them, travel, and teach his grandkids how to fish. First on his list is to take the family to Key West, Florida, for some warm sunshine and saltwater fishing.

Thank you, Jack, for an amazing career, for caring so much about what you do, and for supporting the Yale community so wonderfully. You will be missed!