James K. Donaghy

James K. Donaghy

James K. (Jim) Donaghy is Executive Chairman of the Structure Tone Organization, a $4 billion global construction services firm headquartered in New York City. In 2016, the company was ranked no. 15 on Engineering News Record’s (ENR’s) Top 400 Contractors List.

The Structure Tone Organization includes Structure Tone, Inc.; Structure Tone Southwest, Inc.; Structure Tone (UK), Inc.; Govan Brown; Pavarini Construction Co., Inc.; Pavarini McGovern, LLC; and L.F. Driscoll Company, LLC. These companies collectively employ over 1,800 professionals and have 20 offices throughout the US, Canada, England, and Ireland.

Jim learned the business from the bottom up, holding various positions in operations, estimating, and management of the STI regional offices, and leadership of the executive team for the past 19 years. Jim spearheaded the creation of a new Board of Directors in 2014 to ensure the right governance, audit, compliance systems, and reporting were in place throughout the global organization.

A dynamic and creative leader, Jim personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is a hallmark of Structure Tone. He plays a key leadership role in setting the strategic direction of this international organization and spearheads innovation within the firm to both better serve his clients and provide an enhanced workplace for Structure Tone employees. When he is not taking on the role of Project Principal for some of our high profile pursuits, projects and accounts, he is typically working alongside the management teams and working on strategic plans to ensure a sustainable growth plan for STO.

One of Jim’s passions is developing future leaders. He has championed the implementation of development and training programs, and is also the driving force behind Structure Tone University (STU). STU is a dynamic internal education and development resource to help define STO career paths and hone both technical and soft skills.

Not solely internally focused, as Executive Chairman, Jim ensures the firm’s unwavering commitment to community. Jim is chairman of the Boy Scout Explorers, which focuses on mentoring high school students through exciting activities and introductions to the many career opportunities young adults seek to explore. Jim leads by example. He was the Chair of the Planning Committee for the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College from 2004 through 2010, and sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Engineering School of Hofstra University. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-NYC Chapter and the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity.

Jim is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, and has completed the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program (CSEP). Jim resides in Old Tappan, NJ, with his wife and son.