Frank scales the heights

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Careers In Construction -

If you’re look­ing for a story that demon­strates the po­ten­tial a ca­reer with Bo­vis Lend Lease of­fers ca­reer seek­ers, it’s hard to go past Frank Loren­zetto ( pic­tured).

The CV is im­pres­sive: Frank is cur­rently Gen­eral Man­ager, NSW, Aus­tralia, with over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity for all busi­ness op­er­a­tions in the re­gion.

He has a depth of ex­pe­ri­ence across a range of project de­vel­op­ment and project man­age­ment, en­gi­neer­ing, and con­struc­tion ar­eas, and has held var­i­ous po­si­tions on a num­ber of ma­jor projects for Bo­vis Lend Lease here and around the world.

Frank also has de­vel­oped strong skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ment, com­mer­cial and con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions, and project fi­nanc­ing, which were traits not of­ten ex­er­cised dur­ing an or­di­nary sub­ur­ban Syd­ney up­bring­ing.

My fa­ther worked in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. He was a builder and I came from a bluecol­lar back­ground,’’ he says.

Grow­ing up, I was pretty good at the sci­ences and maths so I stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing at uni and got a cadet­ship with the DMR ( now the RTA) for the de­sign and con­struc­tion of high­ways and bridges.

As I was get­ting up to grad­u­ate, I worked on a num­ber of pretty good bridge and road projects across the state, lead­ing up the Bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions in 1988: they had $ 5 bil­lion to spend in a cou­ple of years, so they em­barked on some re­ally large projects, which was a lot of fun for me.’’

He joined Lend Lease through a grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment pro­gram and he’s been with them ever since. Frank’s first job was the Capita Cen­tre on Castlereagh Street in Syd­ney. He en­joyed the on- site deal­ing with sub- con­trac­tors and

re­ally man­ag­ing all the con­struc­tion’’.

It’s re­ally dif­fer­ent to univer­sity, where you can launch into the de­sign side of things: I just wanted to get out and build things,’’ he says.

Mr Loren­zetto has en­joyed a lot of variety, rang­ing from fives­tar ho­tels to re­build­ing the Kel­logg’s fac­tory out at Botany to es­tab­lish­ing a di­vi­sion that spe­cialised in in­fra­struc­ture and waste- wa­ter projects, which he headed up.

He was re­spon­si­ble for the over­all de­sign and con­struc­tion of the Pyr­mont Bridge Link and Mono­rail Sta­tion, con­structed over seven road­ways of the West­ern Dis­trib­u­tor and, fol­low­ing their suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion, be­came Project Man­ager for the Podium works at Dar­ling Park. He was also re­spon­si­ble for project man­ag­ing the suc­cess­ful pro­posal to de­velop the iconic Aurora Place project in Phillip Street, Syd­ney.

The high­light of his do­mes­tic ca­reer up to that point was dur­ing the lead- up the Olympics when there were ob­vi­ously some great projects, es­pe­cially in Syd­ney’’, but by 2001 the con­struc­tion slump that briefly hit was be­ing felt and Frank men­tioned to a su­pe­rior that he felt like a change.

A cou­ple of months later, the CEO tapped me on the shoul­der and said: How would you like to go to China and work in our of­fice in Shang­hai?’,’’ he re­calls.

I de­cided to give it a go, but what was sup­posed to be for two years ended up be­ing un­til about two months ago.’’

As Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Frank had over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for the busi­ness op­er­a­tions of Bo­vis Lend Lease in Greater China and was ac­count­able to clients for suc­cess­ful project de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery.

But the blue- col­lar Syd­ney boy has not forgotten his roots and reg­u­larly shares his amaz­ing ca­reer path with as­pir­ing new­com­ers, and still de­lights in recog­nis­ing their en­thu­si­asm for the pos­si­bil­i­ties Bo­vis Lend Lease of­fers:

‘‘ I still go around and talk to the younger guys here about how I started out and what I’ve done and you can see the guys who are grad­u­ate re­cruits now go­ing Oh, wow’ and they can see the ca­reer op­por­tun­ties.’’

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