After Two Decades in a Dream Job, John Corcoran Lands Another

John Corcoran
January 7, 2019 | STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — After two decades of friendship, construction software developer Foundation Software announced today the hiring of long-time Construction Industry CPAs/Consultants Association (CICPAC) executive director and 35-year construction business expert John Corcoran. Operating out of the Southwest, Corcoran will act as a professional liaison to the construction CPA community.

Corcoran, a CPA, began his relationship with Foundation Software over 20 years ago. “I would love to tell the story of how John and I first met,” said founder and CEO Fred Ode. “Really we just ran into each other at so many conferences. The friendship developed over time.”

“We hit it off,” Corcoran agreed. “CPAs have always been a priority for Foundation, which I think was ahead of the curve. I have respect for Fred and the culture at Foundation. Interacting with this amazing company has always been enjoyable.”

Since then, Corcoran built a young CICPAC organization from a small group of firms into a national network serving over 11,000 contractors, and Ode built a little family company into one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. In 2006, Foundation and CICPAC announced an official partnership.

Corcoran entered a triumphant semiretirement in 2018 after concluding his successful 24-year tenure leading CICPAC. “I absolutely loved my job and working with everyone at CICPAC. Here I am thinking I’m retired, and Fred approached me about the possibility of working with them. I could not say yes fast enough.”

Ode added, “I’m extremely flattered after so many years John would choose to finish out an accomplished career with us. I’ve considered him a great professional in the industry, and I’ve considered John a great friend. It’s exciting to be able to work more closely with him.”

In his new role, Corcoran will be vital in continuing to introduce firms with a construction emphasis to Foundation and its products, chiefly FOUNDATION® construction accounting software and its processing service. He will also help bridge CPAs to continuing education and training.

“It’s the perfect retirement,” said Corcoran. “It gives me a chance to stay in the industry and work again for a very respectable company.”

About John Corcoran

John Corcoran, CPA (inactive) is a CPA liaison for Foundation Software and former executive director of CICPAC. He served as national president of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and founding president of its Valley of the Sun Chapter (Phoenix), receiving numerous awards. Corcoran is a current member of AICPA Construction Industry Conference Committee, Journal of Construction Accounting and Taxation advisory board, and alliantgroup’s Strategic Advisory Board.

About Foundation Software

Foundation Software delivers job cost accounting, project management and mobile applications, along with payroll services and education, to help contractors run the business side of construction. For more information, call (800) 246-0800 or email

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