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Tom Ventulett

Director Emeritus

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Thomas Ventulett

Director Emeritus

Thomas W. Ventulett, III proudly served on TUFF’s Board of Directors from October 2009 to December 2023, holding positions as Director and Chairman before retiring as Director Emeritus.

Under his leadership, TUFF financed $2 billion of education and research projects through 42 different transactions. Those projects have reshaped the landscape and character of the institutions for which the projects were developed.

In 1968, Mr. Ventulett co-founded Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), an architectural firm, which has been honored with over 260 design awards such as the Notional AIA Honor Award for McCormick Place in Chicago, the Honor Award for Urban Design for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the 2002 National Architecture Firm Award, and the 1977 college of Fellows of the AIA. Under his guidance, TVS became a leader in the profession of architecture by advancing contributions to architectural design and excellence. TVS was responsible for designing several Atlanta landmarks such as the CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlantic Station, and the College Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Ventulett is also Chairman Emeritus of TVS Design’s Board of Directors.

For 14 years, Mr. Ventulett was dedicated to assisting and enabling institutions of education and research across the United States with projects and solutions that otherwise could not be completed but for the involvement of TUFF. He always represented TUFF with great character, integrity, vision and honor, and was the finest ambassador an organization could imagine in a Chairman of the Board.

While Mr. Ventulett is best known for his architectural achievements, he is also a talented artist known for his vibrant colors and abstract style. He held a solo exhibition of his artwork titled “My Second Wind” at the Ventulett Gallery in 2016 which featured many of his original works.  He donated several of his pieces to the gallery, which is located inside Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. In 2023 he published a limited-edition book of his portfolio, and TUFF is honored to have one of his pieces hanging in their Innovation Center, proudly displayed in the “Ventulett Lounge”, named in his honor.

On behalf of the entire TUFF family, we extend our deepest gratitude to Mr. Ventulett for his exemplary leadership and dedicated service. We are truly grateful for the legacy he leaves behind, and wish him a well-deserved retirement filled with happiness and contentment.




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