2011 Distinguished achievement award: Richard Lynch

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richard-lynch-100pxWRichard M. Lynch
President
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
BSCEE ’74
Madison, Wisconsin

In a distinguished career that spans nearly 30 years with Madison construction firm J.H. Findorff and Son, Richard M. Lynch has overseen projects ranging from the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center and Overture Center for the Arts to the American Family Children’s Hospital and Epic Systems campus.

One of Wisconsin’s leading builders, Findorff annually completes more than $300 million in construction projects. Lynch started his career with the company in 1984 as a project manager and became an owner and vice president in 1992. He was named executive vice president in 1997 and president in 2002, a role he still fills today.

Under Lynch’s leadership, Findorff has remained at the forefront of cutting-edge construction processes, equipment and technology. Additionally, the company is committed to using green building practices and includes on its staff Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals.

As part of its corporate vision, Findorff strives to be a leader in sustainable construction both on and off the job site. In addition to numerous “best contractor” awards, the company also has received many accolades for its environmental excellence.

Beyond Findorff, Lynch contributes his expertise to such organizations as the United Way of Dane County, Downtown Madison Inc., the Madison Community Foundation, the Madison Chamber of Commerce, National W Club, and others. He is past president and an active committee member of the Association of General Contractors of Wisconsin, serves on the UW-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering advisory board, and is a speaker in various classes at the university.

A Prospect Heights, Illinois, native, Lynch worked during high school as a laborer for his father — an engineer, contractor and developer. Lynch entered UW-Madison with medical school in mind, but learned his strongest interests were in architecture and construction. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction administration in 1974 from what now is the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and, before joining Findorff, spent the first nine years of his career working for a smaller family-owned contractor.

In his spare time, Lynch enjoys swimming workouts, golf, reading and anything outdoors. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 37 years and has three children: Courtney, 33; Ryan, 31; and Sean, 29.