Pandemic Leadership in the Midst of Finance

John Tunison

Chief Financial Officer at Trussway Manufacturing

Learning Objectives

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, John Tunison, the CFO of Trussway LLC, the largest manufacturer of wooden trusses and building components for the multifamily construction industry in the US, found himself stepping up to handle the company's COVID response. In the space of less than a week, he was scrambling to do Financial Pandemic Leadership in the midst of COVID Finance. Learn how he tackled the challenges, what elements of his background helped, and what industry trends already underway contributed to success. Hear stories that illustrate some of the situations he faced. Find out his outlook for the future and thoughts on what practices and lessons learned during the pandemic are likely to stick around and which probably won't.



  • Examine why CFOs being quasi-COOs is a real trend and why the momentum over the last decade likely accelerated as a result of the pandemic

  • Learn how stepping up to handle a non-financial crisis can be a good lens to (self-) assess a CFO's overall ability to be effective across any range of problems they may face in the future

  • Seek the greater flexibility required to grow from physical, functional, and authoritative challenges