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Hawaii's Top Employers 2013: Swinerton Builders

Swinerton Builders Executive Team: (Left to Right) Gary Moura (Operations Manager), Michael Vachio (Preconstruction Manager), George Ehara (VP/Division Manager), Jay Iranon (Business Development Manager), Christopher Evans (Chief Estimator),
and Wendy Matsukawa (Preconstruction Manager)

When a company employees more than 90 management professionals and more than 200 local craft workforce employees, collaboration is essential. Swinerton Builders, on the brink of its 125-year anniversary, has parlayed its team-based approach to work on some of the most remarkable structures in Hawaii. Recent projects include several areas of the Hilton Hawaii Village as well as the Andaz Wailea Resort and Villas in Maui. The Maui project is one of the biggest of its kind on the island and is getting worldwide attention as one of the most anticipated resorts of 2013.

“The best thing about working for Swinerton Builders is this whole experience of working on these complex projects,” says Mark Tacazon, assistant marketing manager. “Through my position, I get to work with basically everyone in the company whether it be downtown at the main office or at one of the project sites. I can tell everyone really is working toward the same goal.”

To show appreciation for outstanding employees, Swinterton Builders bestows its Kulia Award every quarter.

“These employees have been recognized by their peers as consistently striving for their highest every day, pursuing excellence in their work and leading by example,” says Tacazon.

Swinerton Builders helping support the Arthritis Foundation of Hawaii at the Annual Arthritis Walk in Kakaako.

And while employees take great pride in their work, the company makes sure they have other things to keep them happy as well. It holds summer picnics, Halloween and Thanksgiving potlucks and a Christmas party every year. It also helps to foster potential by providing quality training and mentoring, preparing employees to become the future leaders of the company. Part of that leadership includes giving back to the community.

“Led by efforts of our division manager/vice president George Ehara, Swinerton employees generously donate their time and money to help organizations that help improve our communities such as the Arthritis Foundation, Hawaii Foodbank, Child and Family Service, The Salvation Army and The Great Aloha Run,” Tacazon says. “We are also looking forward to joining Habitat for Humanity in which Swinerton employees will be donating time to help build homes for families in need.”

The results of these efforts are two-fold. The company and employees get a sense of fulfillment by giving back to the community, and they also get to know one another even better, which fuels future collaborative efforts.

Employees have a sense of trust and camaraderie with one another that carries over to clientele.

“There’s a sense of family in our company,” says Tacazon. “It makes me proud to be part of such a great group of people.”


(808) 521-8408
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1340
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813

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