Tyler Swanson, a project manager at Market & Johnson Inc., has excitement, and it’s contagious.
That doesn’t mean what he does is easy, but those who know Swanson also rely on his steady head.
“As a project manager,” Swanson said, “I am involved often from conceptual design all the way through turnover of the building. Being a part of the design process and taking an idea, transferring it to paper and then to reality is an exciting process. Visiting an owner that has recently occupied their building, and using it for its intended purpose, is very gratifying as well. When driving through La Crosse, or neighboring communities, and seeing buildings that our team has built makes all of the work I do worth it.”
And, it takes a steady head, among many other qualities, to find that sense of worth in the construction industry, especially when your age might betray your experience.
“Construction can be a tough industry for a young leader,” Swanson said. “Often I can be judged initially as young, and not knowledgeable in my field. Through good communication, confidence in the knowledge I do have, respect, work ethic and willingness to learn, I find that I am able to build trust and relationships with these people.”
He learned that early from his dad, Dave, who owns the hugely successful Swanson’s Commercial Flooring in Eau Claire County. It’s part of Swanson’s respect for mentorships.
“I’m a huge believer in that,” he said, “and it contributed a lot to my success.”
That also might explain his deep involvement in the community. Swanson recently joined the board of directors for Junior Achievement Coulee Region District, seeing to it that J.A. found its way into elementary school, as well as high school. He’s also a member of the La Crosse Chamber’s Young Professionals group, as well as the Market & Johnson Employee Impact Fund, which helps raise money for a variety of local initiatives.
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“Last year we were able to donate to the La Crosse Dive team so they could purchase equipment to help recover bodies in the river,” Swanson said. “We were also able to donate ‘buddy benches’ to Spence Elementary School. I feel our company is able to make a great impact locally with this fund we have created.”
It’s that proven commitment to excellence that singles Swanson out, both professionally and within his peer group.
“He has proven time and time again his ability to lead a team of contractors to get the best for his clients, oftentimes mediating outcomes to get buy-in from all involved,” said Jim Speropulos, one of those who nominated Swanson for Rising Stars Under 40.
And, a lot of people have been involved. Swanson managed the complex $14.6 million addition and remodeling of the La Crosse County Health and Human Services building, the former Associated Bank building, all while the bank occupied the first floor and remained open for business. He also managed the extensive La Crosse Area YMCA expansion at the same time.
“Tyler worked very hard with the county to keep this project under budget,” Speropulos said. “Tyler presents himself very professionally in front of committees and boards and always follows through on requests.”
How is it possible in one so young?
“Trust and confidence,” Swanson said. “Once I get those, I tend to be successful.”