As Parkbridge’s project manager for resort expansion, Michael can’t help but think about resort communities, even when he’s supposed to be off the clock. During his own vacation downtime, he has picked up little nuggets of inspiration for future Parkbridge Resort projects, including practicalities such as parking and amenities such as walking trails and nature preservation.
In his own words: “When you see development done nicely, and it works … There are times when I think to myself, , ‘Oh, that was really nice.’ I’ll see if that would work internally on one of my expansions and put a recommendation in.” It’s one of the perks of working in his role, where creativity, innovation, and a keen eye for detail matter in the long run.
However, even the most inspired plans require significant time and effort and this big picture approach helps Michael play the long game. Experience has taught him to be patient – and see the upside of long-term planning. As he says: “Once you receive approvals, your development could still be another 10 years away. So, there’s a lot budgeting, collaborating and, planning ahead. So, all in all, it’s great managing a good team and I’m happy to be doing what I’m doing because each new project is different, and everyone has their own end vision.”
As a project manager, Michael’s flexibility and multitasking has been key to his success, as projects are constantly evolving as they progress. On any given day, he could be busy reviewing reports and technical studies, analyzing archaeological findings, or reconfiguring site plans. Contending with zoning bylaws, public meetings, and municipal regulations might be intimidating for a lot of people but it’s common to the point of being routine for Michael. Many Parkbridge employees feel that there’s no such thing as a “typical” day for their work and Michael certainly counts himself among them.
Having an incredible team makes Michael’s work possible. And while their collaborative work has faced its fair share of challenges thanks to pandemic restrictions, Michael does see a positive side to the difficult situation. He talks about how communication has really improved, despite all team members being spread out. He also notices the shift throughout Parkbridge, not just within his own group. He describes it as “almost a reset in the sense of where Parkbridge is going and where my projects are going. So, the positive (side of things) is, I think, very good.”
Perhaps more than anything, it’s Michael’s ability to look at the positive side of life that makes him such a successful project manager
When reflecting upon the outcome of his work centered around such long-term planning, he says, “It’s exciting when you can see the years of planning start to take shape once an expansion is being carried out.”
“Each project team is different, every project is different, but knowing that the outcome and end result of the project will be a success keeps you on your toes. It’s exciting!”