Meet Paul Nielsen: Building Swinerton’s team – and local office space – in Atlanta

Paul Nielsen loves working in Atlanta’s hot construction market.

“Driving from the upper Perimeter to Midtown, I see over 20 tower cranes in the sky – it’s fun to watch,” he says. “New companies continue to see Atlanta as a great place to have their offices, and the desirable cost of living attracts professionals and their families.”

He enjoys watching the city he’s called home for 20 years thrive.

“My wife and I moved to Atlanta in 1999 from Colorado and have made a wonderful life here,” he says. “Construction is in my blood and has always been a passion, so being a part of the growth in the Southeast is awesome.”

Paul serves as Director of Special Projects for Swinerton’s Southeast division. He’s based in Atlanta.

Learn more about Paul through the following question & answer conversation with him.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

A: Being involved in the growth of our people. In my role, I have transitioned from building the buildings to building the people that build the buildings.

Q: Why are you proud to work for Swinerton?

A: The people of Swinerton are what makes this company great. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, each person has a vested interest in the success of our projects, and we hold each other accountable. We work hard, and we play hard!

Q: What does your typical work day look like?

A: I don’t know if there is such a thing as a typical day for me. On paper, my alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m., and I hopefully head into the gym. Finish up around 6:30 a.m. and then to the office or a client breakfast meeting. Spend some time on the computer answering emails, developing and reviewing RFP responses, client lunch, jobsite visit, more computer time, dinner or drinks with clients, and then home. Usually, I drive up the driveway between 6:30-8 p.m. to let out the pups. This could all vary depending on the need.

Q: Talk about the highlights of your work.

A: With Swinerton being a 130-year-old company that has established a strong reputation as the preferred builder west of the Mississippi, it has been important to position ourselves well in the Southeast. That starts with the right people and being strategic with the projects we pursue.

 Q: How do you spend your free time?

A: Because I grew up in Colorado, I am an avid skier and try to make it back to Vail as often as possible to hit the slopes. My wife and I love to travel and not having kids allowed us the flexibility to be spontaneous – we’ll jump on a plane at a moment’s notice for the weekend. I also enjoy mountain biking and working in my shop.

Click through the Image Gallery below to see Paul with his dog, skiing in Colorado, spending time with his wife & friends, and working at Swinerton.

Q: Anything else people should know about you?

A: Growing up in Colorado I am a huge Denver Broncos fan. Our basement is filled with memorabilia, admittedly most of it belongs to my wife. I love the word “dude!” – so don’t be offended if my response is “thanks, dude.” Favorite saying: “Spontaneity is the affirmation of life!”

To learn more about Swinerton’s Southeast team, follow our blog here.