John Clune is one of those rare executives who succeeded by taking the career ladder down—about 12 stories down. There, beneath what the rest of us know as Lenexa, is a sprawling, 3-million-square foot subsurface business park that is home to Cavern Technologies, where the 38-year-old is president and oversees day-to-day operations. Cavern develops, leases and operates build-to-suit data centers that serve more than 70 companies in the region with a safe, secure, reliable and cost-effective site. .
This past year, Clune says, “was incredible for me professionally and for Cavern Technologies, as we took our state-of-the-art data center and co-location facility from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet.” Before joining Cavern, Clune was a producer for Universal Underwriters Group, Thomson West and the Lockton Companies’ office in Atlanta. His experiences taught him about operational efficiencies and team-building, and those who know him say his ability to work in and motivate teams has been a foundational element of the success at Cavern.
Clune, who earned his degree in accounting at the University of Missouri, is on the advisory boards of Ah-Ha Tree and BigWebApps.com, and he’s and active supporter of Catholic Charities, the Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education, and of the Rev. Jerry Waris, a Catholic priest from Kansas City who works on mission trips to El Salvador to improve living conditions there. He and his wife, Angela, make their home in Kansas City.