Starting with mowing lawns in fifth grade, Swanson graduated to painting houses in junior high, aspiring to paint them like a professional. From there he graduated to full-time construction work in the summer and college at the University of Vermont during the school year.
With a degree in economics and political science, he joined the management group of Meredith & Grew, an old-line real estate company in Boston.
Soon, he moved to TCF Bank in Minneapolis during the S&L crisis, before joining the MBA program at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he became a consultant with Deloitte & Touche, where he spotted an opportunity in health care payment. Read more