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‘Five Minutes With’ feat. Michael Schwarz, Senior Associate, DeSimone

This week’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series features Michael Schwarz, Senior Associate, DeSimone, whose project – citizenM New York Bowery Hotel – is a 2019 Awards Finalist for Excellence in Hotel Development.

Who has had the greatest influence on your career and what was the best advice he or she gave you?

My first project manager at DeSimone. He stressed the importance becoming a technical expert in the field while at the same time always considering the practical aspects of a design.

What qualities do you think are essential to be an effective leader?

I believe you need to lead by example. I don’t believe that you can ask people for the commitment necessary to complete a challenging project or ask them to go above and beyond to exceed a client’s expectations if you aren’t doing the same yourself.

As a ULI NY Awards nominee, what makes you most proud of your project?

From both a technical and scheduling perspective, this was a really challenging project. We had to get outside of our comfort zone in order to push the boundaries of modular construction and show the industry that this type of project could be designed and completed.

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