Tom Ploude


Tom Ploude

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?
I would have to say hands down my father. He always had a story to tell and drew your attention. He left us before my youngest daughter was born so we would have dinner as a family.

What is your favorite project you worked on and why?
I would have to say the last project I did for Harvard University. We not only brought a new building out of the ground in Harvard Square but it was done in between four existing buildings which we tied into at different phases of the project. This was all done with occupied offices and lecture halls for the school of government.

How did you get into construction?
When I finished Army basic training and came back home I needed to find a job. My brother had been working for a family-owned steel fabricator/erector, so I reached out to see if they were hiring. I started in the rebar field…. Cutting and bending rebar 40 hours a week. I eventually moved into the fab shop and then the owner of the company took me on the road and showed me the ropes as an erector. I learned a ton but decided to move on and obtained my MA CSL…. Just about twenty years later here I am working for Commodore.

What is one thing on your bucket list and will you accomplish it?
I have always wanted to go on a cruise to Alaska. I will do it at some point.

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