SMACNA Speaker Profile: John Murdough

SMACNA educator receives CFMA’s Construction Executive of the Year award. John Murdough received the 2024 Wink Ames Memorial Award for Pioneer in Construction from the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).

John Murdough

Murdough, CPA, MBA, is Partner Emeritus at Baker Tilly U.S., where he is a member of the firm’s construction practice, specializing in audit and accounting, tax issues, business and management consulting, business problem solving, and transition and strategic planning. 

CFMA gave Murdough the Pioneer in Construction award to honor his passion and dedication to positively impacting construction companies during his long tenure serving the industry. 

Murdough has taught seminars for more than 30 years, including national and local classes for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). In fact, he recently spoke about financial management at the 2024 Business Management University March 10 to 14. His session included the two basic financial statements and what they should tell you, calculating percentage of completion and interpreting the results, as well as dealing with day-to-day project accounting challenges. 

He also co-authored the book “Managing the Profitable Construction Business,” and taught at Arizona State University’s graduate construction school for 10 years. Murdough was instrumental in developing the nationally recognized Leadership Develop Program (LDF) for the Arizona Builder Alliance, graduating over 800 individuals in the past 28 years. He developed and taught a graduate course in the Del E. Webb School of Construction for 10 years, receiving the Plus 1 award for excellence in teaching. 

“My work mission is the construction industry,” Murdough says. “It’s one of the last unconsolidated industries in America. My goal has been to help the people running these companies, so that we can keep this as a family-owned industry. I’ve spent a lot of time working on this mission, and I believe in it passionately.”

Outside of work, Murdough enjoys spending time with his three children and is a fan of the outdoors, painting and photography