Awards and Recipients

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Tom Nickele

Clune Construction, L.P.

Tom Nickele joined Clune Construction as CFO in 2015, with over 35 years of financial and accounting experience and 20 years of experience serving as a CFO. He oversees all aspects of Clune’s Finance and Accounting, Information Technology and Corporate Administration.

He is also responsible for the strategic management of the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Since its inception, Tom has become a subject matter expert on the ESOP, which continues to grow for its employees and has recently become the controlling shareholder of the company.

In recent years, Tom has helped oversee the successful completion of CMiC, Clune’s new Enterprise Resource Planning system. The team was able to complete the roll out of this very large undertaking on time, while coming in on budget.

Tom has also been instrumental in the development of the “One Clune” initiative. This program has enabled Clune to operate consistently in all parts of the country. It encourages idea sharing among offices and departments and also streamlines financial and operational processes across the company’s six offices. Over the years One Clune has continued to be successful, and is in a constant state of improvement.

Perhaps the biggest and most important of all Tom’s recent accomplishments happened in August, 2020 when the company made a transition to a new CEO, and a newly created COO position. This change occurred when Clune was in the middle of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. It was Tom’s steady and constant leadership that helped make this transition seamless for the new C-Suite and all of Clune’s employees.

Tom’s leadership during the pandemic enabled Clune to come through on solid footing with no layoffs. In fact, During Toms tenure as CFO, Clune has experienced more than five years of fast growth. His love of growing business has helped take the firm from an annual revenue of $540 million in 2015 to over $1.3 billion in 2020.

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