40 under 40 — Alex Pruce
Psi, 2003 — Recognized in: 2020
Alex Pruce works for Trane Technologies as its Strategy Implementation Leader for the Northeast U.S., covering eight states. He graduated Cornell University in 2013 with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations. After college, he joined JPMorgan Chase in New York City as an analyst in its Human Resources Leadership Development Program. Over the next six years, Alex held a variety of roles in HR, program management, and strategy with increasing responsibility and scope, with a focus on jobs that aimed to align business strategy with people.
He left JPMorgan in July 2019 as a Vice President, after spending two and a half years as the Strategy & Program Manager for firm’s People Analytics function covering the company’s 260,000+ employees in 62 countries, joining Ingersoll Rand as the HR Leader for its commercial business in NY and NJ. When IR spun off its Trane and Thermo King businesses to form Trane Technologies in March 2020, Alex transition into his current role, partnering with regional corporate leadership to develop and execute plans to grow its sustainable climate solutions business and reduce the carbon footprint of its customers.
Joining IR and Trane was actually a suggestion made by one of Alex’s Psi brothers, who has worked for the company for five years. The company’s goals, what the role would entail, and the opportunity to make an impact led Alex to make the change.
“It’s incredible that dinner with a brother changed the trajectory of my job search and led me to the job I have today. I’ve talked about how great the Zeta Psi network is with students rushing before, but now I have a personal story that really attests to it.”
Alex also speaks of how much of his professional development since graduating college has molded by Zeta Psi involvement:
“You get exposure to risk and conflict management, financial and event planning, fundraising, and the like that you may never experience in the workplace, but it’s invaluable to have those lessons learned in the back of your mind in order to really become a well-rounded professional.”
Alex has been deeply involved in Zeta Psi and Cornell since graduation. He was the Phi of the Psi Elder Chapter at Cornell from 2013 to 2018, and has served as its Alpha Phi since 2018. He co-chaired Zeta Psi’s 2018 international convention in Ithaca, NY, and is co-chairing its 2022 convention in Brooklyn, NY. He is the chair of the Convention Advisory Committee, vice chair of the Health and Safety Committee, and is a member of the Awards and Membership Development Committees. Alex also helps organize Zete alumni events in New York City. For Cornell activities, he is the treasurer of the university’s Alumni IFC and his class, as well as chair of the Greek Growth Committee and his class’s 2018 capital campaign for their five year reunion.
“Don’t rule anything out. Keep an open mind. Many of the opportunities I’ve had are because I said ‘yes’ to them.”