Swartzentruber has had a wide and varied career, serving in positions ranging from Sales Manager to CEO at small business boutiques and multibillion dollar household names. Prior to joining Paradyne Consulting Works, Jon was Vice President of Leadership Development at one of the five largest engineering and construction firms in North America, where for eleven years he led this company’s mission to build an innovative Leadership Development architecture. His efforts resulted in the company being named to Fortune/Aon Hewitt’s Top 25 Companies for Leaders, the only engineering or construction company to be so recognized.
Under Jon’s leadership over this time, while the company more than doubled in size and profitability, he reduced time-to-promote to critical positions by 40% and increased retention of identified High Potentials by 30%.
As a seasoned partnering facilitator, he has led scores of successful client-contractor-engineer partnering programs, including Poseidon Water’s $1B Carlsbad, CA Desalination Plant; multiple DOD projects from Seoul to Corpus Christi; Major League sports stadiums from Miami to Seattle; and the planet’s highest visibility Civil Engineering project of the 21st century – The Oroville Dam Spillways Recovery. His
partnered projects have won prestigious awards including Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)’s Project of the Year and the International Partnering Institute (IPI)’s Diamond Award.
Earlier in his career, Jon founded five successful start-up companies in the construction, residential real estate, e-commerce, and aviation industries.
He has been recognized by the Chief of Staff of the US Army Corps of Engineers as a distinguished speaker, and by IPI as a Senior Partnering Facilitator.
He has built and led highly acclaimed leadership programs for companies as varied as Southern California Edison, Kiewit Construction, and K2 Sports – experiences he brings to Paradyne’s flagship Sixth Factor Academy.
A published playwright, Jon is well known for his comedies chronicling turn of the century life in southeastern Pennsylvania.
He enjoys boating, golfing, and the relentless pursuit of leisure.