Founded in 2013, CLE Consulting was established by Charles Elliott of Verona. Prior to starting CLE Consulting, Elliott had been in the construction industry for more than 50 years, first starting as a carpenter and working his way up to President of the Wisconsin Builders Association. For 18 months, Elliott and Dawn McIntosh worked hand-in-hand designing and building residential and commercial projects together, with a special focus on affordable housing and providing top-notch customer service. As of December 2019, Elliott officially retired and passed the torch to McIntosh.

Dawn McIntosh, who has 33 years of industry experience, is no stranger to the construction industry. She is a certified state builder and holds a certification in aging in place. During her career she worked in interior design, building material sales, and management. She has held leadership positions for several associations and non-profits including serving on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, Madison Area Builders Association and Wisconsin Builder’s Association.

In 2016, Dawn McIntosh founded the Women in the Construction Industry group in Dane County, which has grown to more than 60 members. “The construction industry is really booming and there is so much opportunity for women to join the skilled trades, especially here in Dane County,” McIntosh said, “I created this group so women in the industry had access to high-quality opportunities to network and learn from each other.”

recent highlights:

  • January 2020 Press Release highlights Dawn's work in construction field

  • Dawn is featured on the Everyday Engineering podcast, talking "all things Women in Construction, the hurdles still in the way, and other obstacles that no longer are in sight when it comes to women not only sitting at the table, but leading."

  • CLE Consulting was featured in the 2021 Madison Area Parade of Homes (check out our featured home, along with page 79 in the 2021 Spring Issue)

  • In September 2021, CLE Consulting will be a sponsor for the inaugural BuildxWisconsin, a one-day conference focusing on empowering women in the construction industry