Skender Construction

Our Culture

The evolution of award-winning
construction begins with an untraditional
approach.

Our Markets

Every member of our team offers
specialized experience to help build
our clients’ vision in the following markets:

Recognition

Skender Construction is a market leader
and a strong supporter of the local
community.

Interior Contractor of the Year

Greater Chicago Food Depository 2015, 2016

9

Years in a row, voted 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For The National Association for Business Resources

8

Years in a row, voted Best Places to Work in Illinois Daily Herald Ledger

ENR 400

Engineering News Record 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Fast 50 Company

Crain’s Chicago Business 2007, 2009, 2011

Best Places to Work in Chicago

Crain’s Chicago Business 2013

Largest Privately-Held Firm

Crain’s Chicago Business 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Interior Contractor of the Year Finalist

Chicago Food Depository 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

10

Years in a row, voted Top Illinois Contractor Midwest Construction

Contractor of the Year

The Coalition for United Community Action – ORTC, Inc. 2008

Top Interior Contractor

Midwest Construction

Family Business of the Year Finalist

Loyola University

Community Service Award

Loyola University

 

Our Locations

With offices in Chicago and
San Francisco, Skender Construction
offers expertise to local and global brands.

 

CHICAGO OFFICE

200 West Madison Street
13th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60606
312.781.0265
 

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

101 Mission Street
Suite 320
San Francisco, California 94105
415.862.8500

 

Our Leadership

Skender Construction has grown
through thoughtful, strategic leadership.

Executive Team

  • Joseph Skender Chairman
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    Joseph Skender Chairman

    Joseph Skender is Chairman of Skender Construction. Under his direction, the company has become one of the larg­est general contractors in the country, achieving revenues of over $250 million. Joseph is the driving force behind establishing Skender Construction’s entrepreneurial culture, setting a long-term vision and ensuring stable growth through strategic market diversification. He is an avid supporter of charitable and community organizations, including SOS Children’s Villages. In 2012, he took his passion for philanthropy one step further and established Skender Foundation, a private foundation that supports numerous education and wellness causes throughout Chicago. He is a member of the DePaul University Driehaus College of Business Advisory Council, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from DePaul University.
    Joseph Skender
  • Mark Skender CEO
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    Mark Skender CEO

    Mark Skender is Chief Executive Officer of Skender Construction. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has played an integral role in the development of the long-term vision, strategic direction, organizational design and values of the organization. Mark oversees the firm’s operations and is responsible for innovating the way Skender Construction delivers projects. Mark is a Board Member of the Illinois Housing Council and sits on the Board of Trustees for Frances Xavier Warde Schools in Chicago. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
    Mark Skender
  • Justin Brown President and Partner
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    Justin Brown President and Partner

    Justin Brown is President and Partner of Skender Construction. Since joining in 2005, the company has expanded market sector expertise and annual revenues. Justin oversees all business development and marketing initiatives. He serves as an active member of The Economic Club of Chicago, Box It and the Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Committee, benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Building Construction Management from Purdue University.
    Justin Brown
  • Jerry Ball CFO and Partner
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    Jerry Ball CFO and Partner

    Jerry Ball joined Skender Construction in 2003. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for managing administrative activities including preparation of financial statements, audits and tax reports. He supervises the accounting department and oversees accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and human resources. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Illinois in Chicago. In addition, he has served in the United States Army and is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association.
    Jerry Ball
  • Andy MacGregor Executive Vice President
    and Partner
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    Andy MacGregor Executive Vice President and Partner

    Since joining the company in 2006, Andy MacGregor has managed large-scale, complex interior tenant improvement and ground-up commercial projects throughout Chicago and on the West Coast. Over the years he has built a reputation for being an upfront collaborator, helping owners and architects work through undefined project scopes. He has overseen construction for clients such as Motorola Mobility, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and Fletcher Jones Motorcars. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
    Andy MacGregor
  • Afshan Barshan Executive Vice President
    and Partner
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    Afshan Barshan Executive Vice President and Partner

    Afshan Barshan joined Skender Construction in 2005. With nearly 20 years’ experience, Afshan has overseen projects in the healthcare, senior housing and multi-unit housing market sectors. He is widely recognized as one of Chicago’s experts in Lean Project Delivery, and was a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute Chicago Community of Practice. Afshan has managed projects for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Sunrise Senior Living and the University of Chicago. He serves as Vice President and Treasurer for the Zoroastrian Association of Greater Chicago and holds a Master of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University.
    Afshan Barshan
  • Dan Marijan Executive Vice President
    and Partner
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    Dan Marijan Executive Vice President and Partner

    The construction industry recognizes Dan Marijan as a veteran superintendent who has managed some of the largest and most complex projects in Chicago. Dan joined Skender Construction in 2006 and has played an instrumental role in building collaborative teams and igniting a spirit of camaraderie on our jobsites. He has managed projects for Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Sidley Austin LLP, CVS Caremark, UBS and other esteemed clients.
    Dan Marijan
  • Clay Edwards Vice President and Partner
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    Clay Edwards Vice President and Partner

    Clay Edwards joined Skender Construction in 2006, and has managed millions of square feet of interior tenant improvement projects throughout Chicago. A client-centric and results-oriented leader, Clay is adept in developing comprehensive pre-construction plans to achieve clients’ specialized project goals. He has managed countless projects in the corporate, non-profit and high tech-market sectors, among others. Some of Clay’s notable projects include United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Fresenius Kabi, Nokia and ACCO Brands’ corporate headquarters. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Purdue University.
    Clay Edwards
  • Brett Opie Vice President
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    Brett Opie Vice President

    Brett Opie is Vice President of Skender Construction. Brett joined the firm in 2014, bringing 20 years of multifaceted industry experience to the growing company, including brokerage, development, landlord / tenant representation and sales management. Brett works in tandem with Skender’s executive leadership team to help expand existing markets, explore new business territories and continue to foster mutually prosperous partnerships. Prior to joining Skender, Brett was Regional Sales Director for Arcestra, a company specializing in software solutions for the commercial real estate industry. He also served as Executive Vice President at Development Resources, Inc. (DRI), as well as Senior Vice President at CBRE.
    Brett Opie
  • Jeff Janicek Vice President
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    Jeff Janicek Vice President

    Jeff Janicek brings 30 years of construction experience to Skender’s leadership team, with a diverse background in the healthcare, higher education, civic and retail market sectors. Jeff is recognized for his ability to use communication and innovative project approaches to facilitate collaboration among stake­holders. Jeff’s vast construction knowledge starts at the ground level, as he spent a portion of his career overseeing site and land development work for energy, municipal, healthcare and other private-sector clients. Jeff is a graduate of Bradley University, and is a trustee for the Illinois Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
    Jeff Janicek
  • Lisa Latronico Vice President,
    People and Culture
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    Lisa Latronico Vice President, People and Culture

    Lisa serves as Vice President, People and Culture at Skender Construction. She has played an instrumental role in driving Skender’s Lean and employee-focused culture for the past 15 years. Since joining the firm in 2001, Lisa has pioneered a number of acclaimed employee enrichment and recruiting programs, leading the firm to be consistently recognized as a best place to work in Illinois and Chicago. Currently, Lisa oversees Skender's human resources team to cultivate the next generation of unrivaled talent and superior culture. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Governors State University and a certificate from DePaul University in human resource management.
    Lisa Latronico
  • Cheryl Skender Vice President,
    Strategic Relationships
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    Cheryl Skender Vice President, Strategic Relationships

    Cheryl Skender is Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Skender Construction. Cheryl has played an integral role in the development of the company’s long-term vision, strategic planning, organizational design, sales and company values. With her progressive leadership and people management skills, she has strengthened the organization’s market diversification efforts and philanthropic contributions. Cheryl is also the Chair and President of the Skender Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation dedicated to helping local organizations help those in need. Skender Construction and it employees have always been passionate about supporting local organizations. Under Cheryl’s leadership the Foundation carries out its mission to empower and inspire mindful individuals and groups to achieve lifelong successes in education and wellness.
    Cheryl Skender