Tom Comber is-Vice President: Sales, Operations, Product and Land Development. He is also Mr. Murdock’s right hand man and leads Sherwood Development Company’s construction cycle—from the concept of the construction cycle to the completion—at all stages.
The concept of a Sherwood project begins with an “acetate” overlay on top a lot selection of a working blueprint which will be sent to the Design Architect, Arnold C. Savrann, AIA. From here, Mr. Savrann creates Tom’s initial concept.
After the plans are and drawn and conceptualized, Tom personally presents them to Mr Murdock. Once Mr. Murdock has approved (or disapproves) the plans and lot selection, the process begins.
Tom’s leadership is at the heart of all new construction, planning, development and finished product. His oversight runs the gamut of the granular details, the future site development, market analyses and conceptual blueprints.
Tom aptly describes the development process as one of many moving parts. All of which fall directly under his oversight through the balance of the ebb and flow of cycle; thus, requiring a steady hand, years of successful experience permanent resolve.
Tom’s leadership is based on a philosophy of “empowerment”. The people closest to the action in their respective role are encouraged, if not required, to provide insight—at any and all parts during the cycle. He believes that the project not only runs more smoothly, but is also more successful through binding the group together as one, as opposed to giving “marching orders” and delegating rote tasks.
Tom’s day begins around 5 am. Not atypical for a developer—Nights and weekends are not ideal in the business of building construction. The process depends too much on various roles outside the scope of the development team—such as “9-5” labor, engineers and banks.
Before the process begins, Tom assembles a comprehensive market analysis of global economic wealth shifts and regionalized luxury real estate market conditions. The analysis includes everything from the trending contrasts of “new and “old wealth”, current demographic shifts, transfer of wealth inheritances, to the global and local migration patterns of local and international buyers.
Once the market analysis has been realized, the funds and bidding contracts have been approved, the process takes its footing to higher ground.