Recent retiree Ian McAlister noted that a highlight of his 32 years with Stanley Consultants was working in something like 20 countries and with people from something like 80 countries. Since then, he has added a couple of more countries and the peoples' origins have expanded, too. Stanley Consultant's United Arab Office "now has people from ten countries working with us," he pointed out. We just got our first Moroccan – Yacine, our new PRO. We are mostly a harmonious United Nations. Navigating through all the national differences and issues, absorbing all the cultures, keeping us all on track is something I look forward to each day. In 30 years, when I am an old retired codger, that is certainly something about which I will reminisce fondly. I truly love all these different people."
The native Australian has followed wild elephant trails in the jungles of Malaysia, dangled from a cage at the end of a tower crane over the future location of the Al Dhafra Air Force Base in Kuwait, ridden on the skids of helicopters to survey the coastline of Malaysia, and fended off pirates in the Sulawesi Sea.
For McAlister, the real high point of overseas work "involves how the work we do in International has made a difference in the world. When you bring electricity to a remote village, give people clean and safe drinking water or, probably most important, clean up their sanitary situation, you are really leaving a legacy that we can be proud of."
McAlister gives great credit for his success at Stanley Consultants to his wife and partner, Deb. "We are team in most everything we do," he said, "including careers."
During his career with Stanley Consultants, McAlister has shared his life with colleagues, his surrogate family. "We have shared births, graduations, marriages and, alas, deaths with them, and all the things in between – all the usual family stuff," he said.