Chairman, Thayer Leadership & Thayer Hotel; Past Chairman/CEO, Comfort Systems (NYSE: FIX)
William F. (Bill) Murdy currently serves on the Board of Directors and Audit and Governance Committees of Vectrus (NYSE: VEC). He is also the Lead Director on the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Global Infrastructure Solutions, a $8.5 billion private company in the construction and construction management sector. Further, he is the Co-Founder and Chair of VetAccel (home healthcare services for veterans provided by veterans), and Chair of Everpoint Services (maintenance for solar and wind power facilities). Previously, he has recently served on the Boards of UIL - now Avangrid (NYSE: AGR), Kaiser Aluminum (NASDAQ: KALU) and LSB Industries (NYSE: LXU), and has been an investor in/director of/advisor to a large number of private enterprises. He is currently a principal owner and Chair of the Hotel Thayer at West Point and Chair/Co-Founder of Thayer Leadership, a successful and growing leader institute headquartered at West Point.
Until recently he has served as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for CT and is now an active Emeritus CASA. He is a Vice Chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and on the Board of the Johnny Mac Foundation (scholarships for the children of fallen in combat). He was the Founder and former Chair of Warrior Gateway (connecting Veterans with services). He is former long time member of the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation and a former member of the Board of Visitors of West Point and is an Emeritus member of the Board of the West Point Association of Graduates.
In 2015 he was designated a Distinguished Graduate of West Point.
Mr. Murdy retired as Chair of Comfort Systems USA (Houston) in 2015, a $2 billion company providing heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) installation and services in the commercial/industrial/institutional sector countrywide. Comfort Systems operates from over 85 locations employing more than 8,000 people.
Until 2012 he was both Chair and CEO of Comfort having joined the company in 2000 in those positions. Before joining Comfort he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Club Quarters (NYC), a privately owned, rapidly growing chain of membership hotels catering to corporate travelers to major cities in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to Club Quarters he was Chair, President, CEO and Co-Founder of LandCare USA, Inc. (Houston). LandCare grew to be the country’s largest commercial landscape and tree services company before merging with ServiceMaster in 1999. Preceding LandCare, Mr. Murdy was President and Chief Executive Officer for 8 years of General Investment and Development (Boston), a large, privately held, diversified real estate investment, development and operating company, and before that, from 1981 to 1989, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner of the Morgan Stanley Venture Capital Fund (NYC) and President of its associated management company. From 1974 to 1981 he served in a number of positions including chief operating officer of Pacific Resources (Honolulu), a then $1 billion company in the oil refining and gas utility sector.
He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School (1970) and West Point (1964). Murdy served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1974, including one year in the Dominican Republic (82nd Airborne) and two years in Vietnam (173rd Airborne). He was awarded three Bronze Stars, four Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After three years teaching (Economics) at West Point, he left the active Army as a Major and served in the US Army Reserve.
He is married with two grown children and resides with his wife of 56 years, Mary Benbow Murdy, in New Canaan, Connecticut.