Experience to Build, Dedication to Quality
Since the company began, SWENSON has sought and retained highly skilled and qualified people who possess the experience, integrity and dedication to navigate the constantly changing construction and development environment. Among the many fine professionals at SWENSON, here are some of our key people:
C. Barron “Barry” Swenson – Chairman
Barry is involved with every project at SWENSON. As Chairman of the Board, he takes an active role in the development of projects and provides insight and guidance for each project team. Barry’s experience in the area of investment, financial planning, construction and real estate development extends over the last 35 years.
During the past three decades, Barry has become a recognized leader in the San Jose business community, well known for his ability to create successful projects by structuring innovative partnerships and joint ventures. Barry graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Business and Industrial Management) and is a native of San Jose, California.
Case Swenson - President & CEO
Prior to joining SWENSON in 2013, Case managed his own construction company, Swenson Development & Construction (SDC) for over two decades. Throughout his career, Case has successfully managed the construction of all building types, including residential, commercial, educational, financial projects and multiple public works jobs.
As president of SWENSON, Case is responsible for the operations as well as project development and construction, real estate development, property management and accounting. He provides executive support throughout the life cycle of each project from contract negotiations, pre-construction planning and design with clients and project team to construction feasibility, monitoring cost and schedule through the final stage of project completion.
He graduated from the University of Colorado and is an active member of various community organizations such as San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, First Tee of San Jose and is chairman of the Metro A Trust.
Summer Ludwick – Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Summer oversees all legal matters for SWENSON and focuses on operations and strategies for future growth. Prior to joining Swenson, Summer was in private practice, representing real estate developers and owners in complex real estate and business transactions throughout the Bay Area. She was recognized as a Women of Influence Rising Star for Northern California Real Estate in 2015, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Real Estate in 2013 through 2017, consecutively.
Lee Ann Woodard – Chief Financial Officer
Lee Ann has been with the company for over 30 years, and during that time she has gained valuable experience in all aspects of construction and development. She and her staff manage numerous construction contracts averaging in excess of $100 million per year and are responsible for all accounting functions. Lee Ann is an integral part of every major project team and plays a key role in project loans and contract negotiations. She oversees the company’s agricultural interests and negotiates and maintains bonding and banking credit line relationships.
David A. Gibbons – Senior Vice President Construction & Development
David is currently licensed as both a general contractor and a real estate broker. For over 32 years, he has been responsible for hundreds of projects with Swenson, totaling in excess of $1 billion. He has developed expertise in historical renovation and new construction of commercial, industrial, residential, retail and medical facilities. David manages a team of skilled project managers and superintendents.. He graduated with honors from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with degrees in construction and structural engineering.
Bill Ryan – Senior Vice President Development
Backed by over 30 years in real estate, Bill has directed more than 5 million square feet of construction and development projects, including office, research and development, industrial and warehousing construction, and the renovation of historic buildings. His development group is responsible for land selection and acquisitions, tenant negotiations, entitlements, financing, construction and property management. Bill has worked with every type of client and project, from the Park View Apartment Towers in San Jose to the Skyline at Tamien Station.
Bill’s department also acts as liaison with governmental agencies and community and client relationships. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration.
Ronald L. Coté – Senior Vice President Construction
With SWENSON since 1980, Ron has successfully completed a wide range of new commercial, rehabilitation, high-density residential, senior housing and historical restoration projects. Ron has also constructed numerous office buildings and “big box” warehouses, from wood frame to structural steel and concrete, for clients that include General Electric Nuclear Systems, Siemens, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Federal Express, Marriott Hotels, Pacific Retirement Services, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Cal State Universities and the city of San Jose.
Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University and is a licensed general contractor in California.
Steven W. Andrews – Senior Vice President Construction
With SWENSON since 1980, Steven has focused on high-density multi-family housing, along with “specialty use” commercial buildings. Steve has integrated the Design-Build delivery method to school facility work – including the high tech center on the San Jose City College campus. High-rise projects include the Vendome Apartments and City Heights Condominiums.
Steve has managed and directed various projects, from steel frame office buildings and historical renovations to multi-family, mid-rise to high-rise construction. These projects have included a variety of complex design and specialty items, including: soil stabilization, seismic reconstruction, and mission critical delivery requirements. Steven earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University in 1982. He is a licensed general contractor in California.
Jesse L. Nickell III – Senior Vice President Construction & Development
Jesse Nickell III has been with Swenson since 1986, building primarily in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Jesse was active in the recovery of downtown Santa Cruz; constructing and renovating more than twenty buildings in the downtown core. Jesse’s projects include the St. George Hotel, YMCA Camp Campbell, Plantronics Solar Project, Driscoll’s Strawberry, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Cruzio/Ecology Action, Raytek’s main campus, Second Harvest Food Bank, San Lorenzo Valley High School/Middle School Library and Century Theatres Monterey/Salinas.
Jesse has earned a reputation for creative recycling in renovation projects, following the new urban approach of mix-use development that preserves green belts, agricultural land and coastal property. Jesse earned his degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico. He is a Class B licensed general contractor in California as well as a certified ICBO building inspector.