Tom Donohue

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
The people. The passion and drive from the people in our industry is truly amazing. My professional passion is getting involved early on a project and then putting together a team that gels and performs at a high level. When that happens, the project succeeds and the team members remain close for years to come. That is rewarding to me.

What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?
I have been involved in an organization called Kidsave for the past 16 years. We help older children growing up in orphanages or foster care and we place them in loving families both domestically and internationally. We believe every child deserves a family. My parents provided a loving home for my siblings and me, and my wife and I have done the same for our children. We work to help less fortunate children so they can have the same experience.

What innovation have you seen in the construction industry that has made the most impact?
The introduction of lean thinking has had a huge impact on the way we look at our industry. The construction industry has the lowest productivity gains of any industry over the past 50 years so developing a lean culture to eliminate waste, and continuously measure and improve is paramount and will lead to innovation opportunities in prefabrication which will help our industry increase efficiencies.  

What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? What is your personal passion and why?
My family keeps me busy. We have three girls and three boys at home. If I am not attending my kids’ sporting events or finishing a home improvement project, I enjoy golf, live music, travelling and Southern California beaches.

What is your favorite quote?
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  - Albert Einstein