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About Us 2017-11-13T13:51:40+00:00
ABOUT US

Established in 1996 as a project and cost management company, Cumming has evolved into a 620-person, multi-faceted consulting firm with a determined focus on providing services that add value at every step of a project’s development.

Today, we continue to serve as a devout advocate for our project management and cost consulting clients — we solve problems, deliver solutions, and drive results. Cumming’s exceptional management skills have led to us becoming one of the most successful project management and cost consulting firms in our industry. We operate with optimal efficiency, we hire and train the most talented and motivated industry leaders, and we actively explore opportunities to improve and add value.

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OVER $150 BILLION IN COMPLETED PROJECTS
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ON ENR’s TOP 100 PM/CM LIST

OUR CORE VALUES

Client focus is central to who we are, and is a fundamental component of our success. We are in business because of our clients, and our future opportunities and successes depend on servicing our clients at the highest levels. We listen to our clients and provide services and solutions that meet their needs.

Team members are the life and blood of our organization. It has always been the combined experience and effort of our team members that has made Cumming successful. Knowing this, we hire only the very best people. At the same time, we do everything in our power to foster a strong, rewarding environment that promotes both professional and personal growth, and that fosters long-term company loyalty.

Integrity is more than just operating within the parameters of the law: it is also about being ethical and moral. As one team member put it, “It not only has to be right, it also has to look and feel right.” At Cumming, integrity is about treating people and companies the way we want to be treated. It is about doing what we say we are going to do and following through. Simply stated, we do the right thing, always.

Quality has been and will always be our core differentiator. We have a culture of continuous improvement, whereby our collective progress as a company is achieved through the ongoing personal growth of our team members. It is not acceptable to cut corners or accept poor performance. It is expected that each Cumming team member holds one another accountable for the quality our clients expect from us. Through teamwork, hard work, and openness to new ideas, we continue to be recognized as the leader in quality services and solutions.

31 OFFICES WORLDWIDE

With over 620 team members and 31 offices worldwide we have the resources to handle the most challenging projects anywhere. Set up a meeting with one of our experienced team members today.

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PEOPLE

Team members are the life and blood of our organization. It has always been the combined experience and effort of our team members that has made Cumming successful.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

FINLAY CUMMING

A true visionary, Finlay persistently challenges mediocrity.

In the early 1990s, drawing on his experiences in project and cost management roles with leading industry organizations, Finlay identified the need for a consulting practice that delivered true value to its clients, and acted.

Today, Cumming, with Finlay at the helm, continues to push the boundaries of what’s expected from “firms like ours.” The result: we’re unlike any other firm. Behind Finlay’s long-term vision and leadership — not to mention his active role in monitoring company performance, driving growth, pushing for continuous improvements to efficiency and quality, and tirelessly championing our core values — Cumming has become a world-class consultancy with a broad and satisfied client base, and a success rate far exceeding the industry norm.

EXECUTIVE TEAM
Mike Jensen, CPE
Mike Jensen, CPEChief Operating Officer
Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He is responsible for managing the daily operations for Cumming’s project and cost management groups, including its portfolio of more than 400 current education, hospitality, healthcare, and other public and private sector projects nationwide…

A professional estimator by trade, Mike has a thorough knowledge of all cost management concepts and practices. In addition to estimating, Mike is well-versed in all areas of construction management and consulting, including master planning, project controls, contract management, and expert witness testimony.

Alastair Burns
Alastair BurnsPresident, International
Alastair Burns, President of Cumming’s international project and cost management operation, possesses 35 years of industry experience, 30 of which have been spent in the Middle East. His areas of specialization include business planning, project identification and funding coordination, government-level…

negotiations profit and cash flow management and reporting, and operations management. Prior to joining Cumming, Alastair served as Chief Operating Officer for RAK Properties, a highly successful owner/developer. Before that, he was a Principal with Khatib & Alami. He has managed more than $30 billion worth of development in a variety of sectors, has overseen multi-disciplinary teams of hundreds of professionals, and has consistently achieved outstanding results. Alastair’s vast international experience includes work in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Far East, and Central America.

A. Al Jajeh
A. Al JajehChief Financial Officer
Al serves as Cumming’s Chief Financial Officer with overall responsibility for managing the company’s financial health worldwide and supporting a wide range of strategic initiatives to help advance our growth goals. Prior to joining Cumming, Al held executive-level positions with Weatherford International…

and Gannett/USA Today. Most recently, he spent five-and-a-half years as Chief Financial & Strategy Officer for ASTAD Project Management in Doha, Qatar.

Al’s experience — which spans more than 20 years — includes establishing and driving various corporate functions, such as finance, strategy, enterprise risk management, and procurement, among others. Al is based in New York where he works alongside our CEO and other members of our senior executive team.

Derek Hutchison
Derek HutchisonExecutive Vice President
Derek is an experienced chartered surveyor and construction executive with overall responsibility for Cumming’s Project Management operations in the Eastern U.S. and hospitality sector worldwide. Throughout his 20-plus years in the industry, Derek has participated in the development of nearly 150 projects…

the majority of which have involved major hotel, resort, timeshare, and multi-family properties. Derek has a proven track record as an owner’s representative, development and project manager, and in a variety of consulting roles supporting clients around the world.

David Baird
David BairdExecutive Vice President
David serves as Executive Vice President in charge of Cumming’s cost management services nationwide. Initially joining the company as a cost management technician in 2004, he quickly demonstrated his ability to lead and provide outstanding cost services on diverse and increasingly complex building types…
David has been in the construction industry since 1995. He holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering.
OUR EXPERT TEAM

Our service philosophy is two-fold: first, if we can’t provide a service at a world-class level, we don’t provide it at all. Second, we can provide each of our services together in a comprehensive management role, or deliver any customized mix of them in a way that meets your specific needs. Expertise and flexibility — it really is that simple.

OUR EXPERT TEAM
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Client focus is central to who we are, and is a fundamental component of our success. We are in business because of our clients, and our future opportunities and successes depend on servicing our clients at the highest levels. We listen to our clients and provide services and solutions that meet their needs.

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