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About Us

Richard M. Swanson, AIA
Chief Executive Officer
Rick has over thirty (30) years experience as an award-winning architect, builder, and developer of successful residential and commercial projects. His background in architectural design is instrumental in establishing an aesthetic-conscience for each Swanson Development project while respecting the cultural and environmental aspects of a site. Rick’s extensive experience in all facets of development combined with his architectural training has proven invaluable to the Blithfield team. 

Tom Donahue, AIA
Partner in Swanson + Donahue Architects
Tom is an award-winning architect with over twenty (20) years of experience designing luxury residences, restaurants, retail centers, boutique offices, and light-industrial buildings. His talents and input ensure Swanson Development’s original vision for a project is carried-through the design phases.
 
Charles E. Crook, AICP
Chuck has over thirty (30) years of land planning experience, including twenty-five (25) years as the Director of Community Development for the City of Lake Forest, Illinois. Using his Masters in Urban Planning, he has extensive experience and knowledge regarding land planning, zoning, annexation, and municipal government.

Jennifer Swanson
Media Director
Jen is Swanson Development’s newest member, but is already a vital team member. With a background in Media Arts, Jen is responsible for assisting Swanson Development in creating graphics, marketing materials, investment summaries, and project presentations.

Russ Swanson
President
Russ has over thirty (30) years experience in land development; in particular, site improvement related disciplines such as estimating, supervision, and construction. He has completed numerous successful projects throughout the Midwest by incorporating creative solutions in challenging environments. Russ’ expertise has been instrumental in resolving budget related issues where value engineering is necessary.

Jason M. Wisniewski
Vice President of Planning
With significant training in landscape architecture and 8-years with The Lakota Group − one of Chicago’s leading urban design and planning firms − his experience provides a unique perspective to the design and development process. Jason’s development experience in California, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, allows Swanson Development to move quickly through the design and entitlement process.


Thomas A. Klym, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Tom owned and operated an accounting group for over fifteen (15) years; giving him significant experience in real estate accounting. His expertise ensures a project’s financial feasibility, facilitates communication between banks and investors, and strengthens Swanson Development’s ability to coordinate financial and physical objectives.