Gerry Sawyer, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Gerry Sawyer is a member of the BridgeForth Capital underwriting team and serves as CEO of our affiliate BridgeForth Development, LLC. He also serves as CEO of Rockbridge Senior Living Group, LLC where he leads all land acquisition, facility design and construction, and launch activities.
A recognized leader in real estate development and asset management with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Sawyer has a proven track record of success in launching new developments, renovating aging properties and turning around underperforming organizations in the U.S. and overseas.
Prior to joining BridgeForth Capital, Mr. Sawyer was the President and co-founder of SMG Global Consultants, where he performed extensive commercial development, facility management, logistics and financial management services for clients.
Before founding SMG, he served as Lead Operations Consultant and Acting Senior Vice President of Operations for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s $6.1 billion luxury resort, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. In this capacity, he redesigned, constructed and opened this iconic project to make hospitality industry history by setting a record for the highest earnings in one year by a single property – over $1 billion of adjusted EBITDA in the first 12 months of operation.
Prior to working for Las Vegas Sands, Mr. Sawyer was Chief Operating Officer for World Market Center, the largest merchandise mart and trade show exhibition complex in the U.S. In his role, he led the operations for this $1.1 billion complex and took it from a zero-based revenue start-up to new heights of profitability. During his tenure, Mr. Sawyer led construction improvements for six facilities totaling 5.35 million square feet.
Mr. Sawyer also served in the public sector as a colonel in the United States Air Force, most recently as the Base Commander of Nellis Air Force Base, the Air Force’s second largest and single most important installation. In this position, Mr. Sawyer led a 5,000-person organization and ran all facility, real estate acquisition, construction, contracting, maintenance, finance, IT, security and medical operations for a 4,531 square mile complex. As Base Commander, he managed over 275 improvement projects simultaneously, led a $328 million construction program and directed a $99 million design effort in a single year. Mr. Sawyer was nominated for the Air Force’s top leadership award emanating from his outstanding leadership of Nellis Air Force Base during his tenure. He is also the recipient of two Legion of Merit Awards and a Bronze Star.
Mr. Sawyer received a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, a M.A. in Communication from University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership, and a M.S. in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University with an emphasis in Construction, where he was honored as a distinguished graduate.