tenacious a-chiev-er – one who will ensure success and stay the course

Senior-level professional with a proven record as an exceptional and inspirational leader. Successful in directing a company specialising in high profile multifaceted projects. Expertise in building business opportunities within highly competitive markets, driving major change programmes and managing complex multi-functional operations.

Creative with excellent communication skills and a natural ability to build high-performance teams, with a passion for delivering exceptional results and continuous improvement across all areas of the organisation. 

Expertise and Recent Critical Contributions:

  • Executive Leadership Coaching & Mentoring
  • Budget Planning, Development & Control
  • Operational & Financial Risk Management
  • Change Management
  • Continuous Process Improvement
  • Best Practices
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Strategic Planning & Execution
  • Crisis & Turnaround Management
  • Cost Reductions with Quality Improvement 

  • Spearheading the development and branding of a new boutique hotel brand. Delivered the first ‘Hotel Beaux Arts’ super luxury, 5 star plus hotel, as part of the $145,000,000 Miami Marriott JW Marquis project. A new luxury brand within the JW Marriott Collection, an exclusive, ultra-modern private hotel.

  • Delivering project cost reductions through scope and material modifications while improving product quality. Utilised value engineering and purchasing techniques on a $120,000,000 project to produce 12% cost savings without reducing quality 

  • Driving the implementation of a more innovative and economical approach to design. Generated cost savings of 15% on $155,000,000 project and reduced overall time schedule by six months through operational improvements.

  • Securing a multi-million dollar construction loan during the financial crisis in October 2008. Tenaciously drove the closing for a $250,000,000 construction loan from Bank of America, and syndicate including HSBC and RBS.

  • Transforming the operational performance through continuous process improvements. Improved quality metrics 23%; improved profit margin by 15% in 2 years; reduced costs over 25%; leveraged combined buying power to save more than $1.2m within less than 24 months.

  • Leading the economic and organisational turnaround of a failing multi-million dollar project. Intercededon behalf of the Lender and Owner to arbitrate the termination of existing general contractor and reorganise dysfunctional project team to minimise loss and expeditiously complete the project.

Work History

Work History
Nov 2004 - Present


MDM Development Group

Directing all aspects of organisational strategy development to drive change management and improvements in communications, strategic execution, risk management, leadership development and procedural compliance. Fully accountable for P&L.

  • Leading diverse cross functional teams, including design, finance, marketing & contracting, for major commercial, residential and mixed use high rise real estate developments with a hard cost value of $900,000,000.
  • Negotiating terms of contracts including national contractors for multi-million dollar projects and retail lease agreements with anchor tenants including international retailer Whole Foods Market.

Successfully overseeing key $2,000,000 pre-construction archaeological programme, 43 archaeologists, closing sensitive negotiations between State and City officials and tribal representatives and maintaining balance between historical interest and economic necessity.

Jul 2002 - Nov 2004

Senior Project Manager

MILLER & SOLOMON Inc., Miami Florida USA

Transformed operational performance through creation and implantation of best practice project management policies and procedures. Quality metrics improved 23%, profit margin increased 15% over 2 years, costs reduced by over 25%.

  • Lead cultural change through open and organised internal communications which drove a major improvement in morale and productivity leading.
  • Leveraged combined project buying power to save more than $1.2m on material and subcontract costs within less than 12 months.
May 2000 - Jul 2002

Project Manager


Transferred internally from London to Miami.

Project leadership:

  • Summit Properties $45,000,000 residential high rise, 1 million sq.ft 
  • Memorial Hospital West $30,000,000 medical office, parking garage & vertical expansion.
Aug 1996 - May 2000

Project Manager


Project leadership: Major tenant fit-out projects for USB, Seagram and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Jul 1993 - Aug 1996

Project Manager

MULLALLEY & CO, London England UK
Project manager; local authority improvements construction and schools
Sep 1984 - Jul 1993

Civil Engineer


Civil engineer with the Department of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings.

Jun 1982 - Sep 1984

Project Engineer

UNIT CONSTRUCTION, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Project engineer on Saudi British Bank, Jeddah. Responsible for architectural steelwork.


1979 - 1982


Southbank Polytechnic, London



Peter Cesari

"Ian and I connected both on a business level and philosophically. I was impressed the way he could quickly diffuse a situation, analyze what needed to be done and then discuss on how to implement a solution. He always has a positive attitude and works for the team as a whole and has no hidden agendas. He is honest, straightforward and is willing to assist those who are putting forth the effort along with him. He stands up for what he believes in but is always open to hearing the other side's opinion. He treats people with respect and demands the same from them."

Cristina Gonzalez

"Your personal insight and understanding of the circumstances on this project have been so critical to the success of the job"

Bob Carr

"Ian impressed me with his professionalism and organizational skills. He always brought viable solutions to the table as well as a positive attitude."

Stephen Johnson

"Ian is a tough but fair Client. He has a comprehensive grasp of project criteria, especially financial and this allows him to make quick, informed decisions. He is detail orientated and results driven."

Frank Fonseca

"Ian was essential to facilitating new ideas resulting in savings of several million dollars and significant schedule improvements. Ian facilitated the open and quick communication resulting in zero errors or unnecessary cost overruns."

Ysrael Seinuk

"The intervention of Mr. Swanson in this phase was intense, productive and economically rewarding to the project. Mr. Swanson readily understands complexities and was a great asset to the developer's team"