About Us

Established in 1996 as a project and cost management company, Cumming has evolved into a 950-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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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.

36 Offices Worldwide

With over 950 team members and 36 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

David Baird
David BairdChief Operating Officer
David serves as Chief Operating Officer for Cumming’s worldwide operations, and directly manages our west coast project management and national cost management teams in the U.S. Initially joining the company as a cost management technician in 2004. Dave quickly demonstrated his ability to lead…

and provide outstanding client service 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.

Derek Hutchison, MRICS
Derek Hutchison, MRICSPresident
Derek is an experienced chartered surveyor and construction executive with overall responsibility for overseeing Cumming’s strategic growth initiatives, ensuring the delivery of superior client service, and nurturing a corporate culture that aligns with our mission, vision, and core values.

In addition to his role in helping to guide the broader organization, Derek works closely with our teams in the central U.S. and Europe to provide more focused leadership and mentoring. Throughout his 20-plus years in the industry, Derek has participated in the development of more than 150 projects, with a unique specialization in hotel, resort, timeshare, and multi-family properties. Derek has a proven track record as an owner’s representative, development manager, and project manager, as well as in a variety of consulting roles supporting clients around the world.

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.

Will Smith
Will SmithChief Executive, UK & Europe
Will is an exceptional manager and leader who has held a number of executive roles for a variety of construction and engineering organizations throughout the UK and Europe. His focus over the past 20 years has been on maximizing performance while ensuring customer and team member satisfaction.

In his current role with Cumming, Will serves as Chief Executive of our expanding European division, providing leadership and direction to our team of nearly 150 professionals across five UK offices. Will earned an honours degree in quantity surveying from Glasgow Caledonian University, a master’s degree (LLM/PgDip) in construction law from The University of Strathclyde & Glasgow University Law School, and furthermore attended both Ecole Polytechnique and ESSEC International Business School.

Peter M. Lehrer
Peter M. LehrerChief Executive Officer, Lehrer Cumming
Peter M. Lehrer, CEO of Lehrer Cumming, is an internationally recognized and highly respected industry leader and founder of Lehrer, LLC, which merged with Cumming in 2018. Peter has chaired several commissions for government bodies, with a focus on reducing costs and improving efficiency for large multi-billion-dollar capital programs. In 1979, he co-founded Lehrer McGovern, Inc…

a construction management firm that consistently ranked as one of the top such companies in the country. In 1988, the firm merged into London-based Bovis, Ltd., an international construction firm. Peter subsequently became Vice Chairman of Bovis, Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of all U.S.-based subsidiary companies. In 1996, he formed Lehrer, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing construction consulting and project management services. Peter currently leads Cumming’s Lehrer Cumming division, which includes the delivery of Cumming’s project management and owner advisory services in Boston, New Jersey, New York, D.C., and Miami.

Gavin Middleton
Gavin MiddletonChief Operating Officer, Lehrer Cumming
Gavin is a design and construction executive with 25 years of experience throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He has extensive expertise in managing mixed-use projects from inception to final delivery and closeout, with a focus on logistically complex projects with challenging deadlines and schedules. Gavin has been a key stakeholder in projects across a wide…

variety of asset classes, including academic buildings, mid- and high-rise office buildings, industrial business parks, and high-rise condominiums. At Lehrer Cumming, where he is Executive Vice President, Gavin works closely with clients engaged in significant ground-up developments in New York, South Florida, and the Caribbean.

Mike Jensen, CPE
Mike Jensen, CPEChief Operating Officer
Mike has nearly 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He is responsible for co-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 project management and consulting, including master planning, project controls, contract management, and expert witness testimony.

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

Clients

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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Sustainability Mission Statement / Policy

Cumming is committed to improving sustainability for our clients and their projects, as well as for our communities and within our own company. We embrace the corporate social responsibility model by creating and implementing actionable sustainability initiatives that positively impact the financial, environmental, and social aspects — the “triple bottom line” — of a project or organization.

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