About Bob Nilsson

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President 100 Entrepreneurs (100entproject.org)

Mentor for wounded vets and families for last 10 years.

2008 ENR top 25 Newsmaker.

More than 50 years in Construction Industry in more than 35 countries. Fifty+ years with Turner Construction.

Consulting for Turner, Turner International, Skanska Gammon Hong Kong, CCC, Gensler, SOM, Halcrow, Thornton Tomasetti, Brown and Craig, Ashborne Properties, KPF and others and on advisory board of Art4Business and ACE of Annapolis/Eastern Shore, Md.

Board of “Global Harbors”, documentary on Baltimore Inner Harbor as a model for the world.

Governor and former Trustee ULI. Former Member World Economic Forum (12 years). Advisory Board Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Civil Engineering Department and Architectural School, Former Chairman IECIC, Member Marine Executive Association. National staff ACE. Board SemperMax Fund.

Captain USMC, Viet Nam, 66-67.

Speaker at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard GSD, Oxford and others for industry programs.

Failed 8th grade spelling but now using spell check, sometimes.


Summary of recent Experience

Independent Consultant- Whatsreallyhappening.com. Advise SOM for Strategic Planing; Skanska, USA, for High Tech and construction market strategy; CCC from Athens, Greece for Technology Development, Skanska /Gammon for strategic expansion in China, Turner for work in South West Asia and Mid Atlantic and staff development. Also work with wounded at Walter Reed and Bethesda NNMC. Assist Turner with new Amputee Center at Walter Reed.

Develop global business with Halcrow and help expand in USA. Marketing consulting for Halcrow, Consulting Engineers,  Advisory Board for Art4Business. Advisor to Thornton-Tomasetti on new work in the Middle East and Ashbourne Properties on expansion. Assist Gensler in development of new work in UAE including the Dubai International Financial Center. Advise KPF on new work in Korea, Taiwan and China. Advise Brown and Craig on international work.

Participate in ULI Advisory Panel for redevelopment of Portsmouth, Va. , Chesterfield County, Va., Denver, Co., and Baileys Crossroads, Va. Member ULI Global Exchange Council and Executive Committee of Baltimore District Council.

Helped ACE expand nationally.


Academic Qualification

Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School, Executive Management Program, 1983

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BSCE, 1963

USMC 1959-1967, Company Commander Viet Nam 1966- 67.


Experience Highlights

Strategic Alliances

Established joint ventures and partnerships in South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe on projects from $100 million to $6.5 billion. Structured merger of Steiner into Turner International and helped structure eventual Steiner investment in Turner.

Global Marketing

Evaluated, studied and opened offices with profitable project work in Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, Germany, England and France.

Global Projects/Management

From $500 million Kuwait Government Headquarters to $600 million 86-story mixed use tower in Taiwan to $6 billion new Inchon Airport in Seoul, Korea.  Worked for and with governments, commissions, private developers and agencies.

Primary Interface

Dealings at Ministry level officials with numerous Governments, heads of allied and foreign military forces, top private sector CEOs and national and foreign press. Member of World Economics Forum, Governor and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Lead team to develop strategic plan for future of Davos and World Economic Forum. Worked with Charles Fraser, who created Hilton Head, to Develop the Destination Resort of the 21st Century. Evaluated sites in Europe and North America.


Help develop e-commerce-trading company, “Industry to Industry” for Development, Engineering and Construction sector.  Assist Skanska, SOM, CCC, Halcrow and Dick Construction in understanding how Technology will impact their business and how they can expand services in this new sector. Help develop internet technology business strategy for Art4Businesses.