Pádraig Harrington has signed a long-term partnership agreement to become an official ambassador for Clune Construction - the multi-million dollar, Chicago-based company created Irish-born Michael Clune.
One of the largest commercial interior construction companies in the US, Clune entered an interim branding arrangement with the three-time major winner last year and helped raise funds for the Pádraig Harrington Charitable Foundation.
“I have a full schedule this year, with tournaments throughout the US, Europe and around the world, and look forward to representing the Clune name both on and off the golf course,” said Harrington who will wear the Clune Construction logo on his shirts during tournaments and carry out company days. “I’m impressed with their business and delighted to partner with them.”
Michael Clune, founder of Clune Construction, believes the partnership will create long-lasting benefits for both parties.
“We are excited about this partnership and glad to be a part of the Harrington team, which includes his active charitable foundation,” said Mr Clune. “Padraig’s brand values match up well with ours, and we think he will be a respected and valuable ambassador for us as he competes around the world. Our organization also is thrilled that Padraig has agreed to join with our company for several golf-related special events this year.”
Clune Construction is known for its involvement with various charitable organizations and places a high value on giving back to the communities it serves.
“Our company is committed to helping community organizations and finding unique ways to meld business and community ventures. It is our hope that that partnerships such as this, beyond the business sponsorship element, can provide another avenue to assist in doing that,” Mr Clune explained.
Clune’s personal time is spent supporting community organizations that address homelessness, including PADS shelters in Lake County.
For his effort helping those who are struggling get back on their feet, Chicago’s StreetWise publication honored Clune last month with its Philanthropist of the Year Award.
“I’m living the American dream,” the Irish-born Clune said. “I have every intention of giving back and helping anyone achieve in any way they can.”
Clune emigrated to the Chicago area in 1978 with empty pockets and no high school degree. Though he started out in a job at the bottom of the ladder, he saw it as his opportunity to do more.
“I just realized I needed to work harder than anyone else and learn the culture and system,” he said.
Clune worked in the construction division of real-estate services giant Jones Lang LaSalle until 1997, when the subsidiary became independent.
Clune bought and renamed the company, and in 15 years helped boost annual revenue from $80 million to $450 million. The operation now has offices in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., and does work in 22 states.
“The American entrepreneurial system is alive and well, and I’m extremely grateful to have that opportunity,” he said.