Tony Leonello

Humans of Schiavello


Tony Leonello

Construction Manager

Where were you born?

Adelaide, South Australia.

What did you want to be when you were young?

Designer / Draftsman (apologies, draftsperson).

What is your role at Schiavello?

Construction Manager.

What attracted you to working at Schiavello?

1/ Management’s vision of how they wanted to develop and grow the business in the future, and the type of people they wanted to attract and to be apart of the journey.

2/ The opportunity to help and mentor some of younger team members (what am I talking about? – everyone is younger than me) by offering some grey hair experience (only building matters of course).

Project you’re most proud of –

Being asked what building methodology I would suggest constructing a 5 storey building in Adelaide CBD on a tight site (approx. building footprint 26.00m x 10.00m build boundary to boundary), for a client with a very restrictive and limited budget.

After the acceptance of the proposal, I had to explore technologies relatively new to the commercial sector at the time. I was involved throughout the design documentation phase reviewing and offering buildability advice. I also led the construction team as the project manager and achieved practical completion in 11 months (1 short of contract PC).

People are surprised that…

I’m a romantic at heart and a wannabe Ballroom and Latin-style dancer.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My grandfather (and name sake) who died (in Italy) long before I was born.

What are you known for around the office?

Being an early starter, I’m usually at my desk by 5.30am.

Most used emoji/s?

Don’t really like texting, therefore not a user of emoji/s – would rather talk to people! (I’m a bit old-school).

If you had to take three things on a deserted island, what would they be? 

In no particular order; my wife (Kim), guitar, knife.

My guilty pleasure is…

food in general, especially chocolate.

If you were an ice-cream, which flavour would you be? 

Neapolitan (mixed bag).

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would buy?  

Not sure I really need anything – I think I’m generally happy with my life. Might help my kids out and take my wife on a romantic holiday.