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The expertise to deliver results. The process to make them extraordinary.

The Skender Approach

It should be smooth and simple. It should be efficiently managed to meet time and cost goals. But most importantly, it should be an exciting collaboration.

Our team of more than 200 industry experts has been delivering on these promises for more than 60 years—combining invaluable experience with a commitment to industry advancements. Through our Lean approach, comprehensive project management and innovative spirit, we have what it takes to establish true partnerships with our clients. Across every level of our company, we know what it means to roll up our sleeves and get things done.

That focus on people and experiences is what makes us different—and makes the work we deliver exceptional. Learn more about our capabilities.

Interiors
Healthcare
Multifamily
Hospitality
Office
Lab Sciences
Higher Education
Affordable Housing
Senior Living
Retail

At Skender, we have the experience and collaborative spirit necessary to create extraordinary results in any industry. We understand the nuances of each market and bring the same streamlined process to every project we undertake.

Leadership Team

Justin Brown

President and CEO

Justin Brown

President and CEO

Since joining Skender in 2005, Justin has led companywide strategic growth initiatives, helping to expand market sector expertise and annual revenues, as well as working across all business functions to create sustainable value for the firm and its clients. He serves as an active member of The Economic Club of Chicago, Young Presidents’ Organization, HFS Chicago Scholars, 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. [LinkedIn]

Jerry Ball

CFO

Jerry Ball

CFO

Since joining Skender in 2003, Jerry has been a key member of the company’s executive leadership team, directing financial, risk management, administrative and operational initiatives. In addition to providing strategic direction of Skender’s accounting and finance functions, Jerry also directs internal controls and collaborates on decisions relating to human resources and technology. Jerry received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from University of Illinois at Chicago, has served in the United States Army, and is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association. [LinkedIn]

Lisa Latronico

Vice President, People and Culture

Lisa Latronico

Vice President, People and Culture

Lisa plays an instrumental role in driving the company’s employee-focused culture. Since joining the firm in 2001, she has pioneered a number of acclaimed employee enrichment and talent acquisition programs, leading to the firm’s repeated recognition as a “Best Place to Work.” She leads Skender’s People and Culture team, helping to cultivate the next generation of unrivaled talent, world-class learning initiatives, and employee engagement strategies. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Governors State University and a certificate from DePaul University in human resource management. [LinkedIn]

Dan Marijan

Executive Vice President

Dan Marijan

Executive Vice President

The construction industry recognizes Dan as a veteran superintendent who has managed some of the largest and most complex projects in Chicago. Dan joined Skender in 2006 and has played an instrumental role in building collaborative teams, 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. [LinkedIn]

Dan Torres

Safety Director

Dan Torres

Safety Director

Dan Torres has 25 years of experience in the field. As Safety Director, he is in charge of analyzing and administering various components of the environmental, health and safety programs. Dan reviews site-specific safety plans with project managers and subcontractors to assure compliance and performs weekly jobsite inspections. Dan also works with project teams to develop plans that utilize the most efficient construction techniques in order to guarantee quality and efficiency. He holds multiple certifications, including the Construction Site Supervisor Certification from Purdue University, the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification, and the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC) certification. [LinkedIn]

Clay Edwards

Executive Vice President

Clay Edwards

Executive Vice President

Clay joined Skender in 2006 and has managed millions of square feet of interior tenant improvement (TI) projects throughout Chicago. A client-centric and results-oriented leader, Clay is the head of Skender’s Tenant Improvement market and founder of the firm’s Construction Technology and Self Perform Groups. Clay’s expertise is integral to Skender’s business development efforts as he cultivates new and existing relationships, and his interior tenant improvement teams are consistently at the forefront of many of Chicago’s top tech, legal and corporate HQ projects. As an industry thought leader, Clay is frequently cited in commercial real estate news media outlets regarding tenant improvement interior construction topics and is often a featured speaker and writer on related trends. He holds a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering from Purdue University. [LinkedIn]

Jeff Janicek

Vice President

Jeff Janicek

Vice President

Jeff Janicek brings 30 years of construction experience to Skender’s leadership team, with a diverse background in the healthcare, lab sciences, 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. [LinkedIn]

Dan Ulbricht

Vice President

Dan Ulbricht

Vice President

Since joining Skender in 2017, Dan has helped the firm develop new industry partnerships and expand new and existing markets. He brings 20 years of construction and real estate industry experience. Working as a trusted advisor, Dan has a talent for understanding clients’ perspectives and translating their real estate needs into construction solutions. Dan is co-chair of the Chicago Advisory Board for Little Kids Rock and former president of the CoreNet Chicago Chapter. In 2014, he was named to Building Design+Construction‘s “40 Under 40” class. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in marketing. [LinkedIn]

Joy Perryman

Risk Manager

Joy Perryman

Risk Manager

Joy joined Skender in 2015. As risk manager, she is responsible for providing the evaluation, purchase and administration of all business lines insurance programs. She works closely with Skender’s operations team to identify ways to mitigate risk in daily procedures. Joy is a certified Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. She earned her master’s degree in integrated marketing from Roosevelt University and a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies from Northern Illinois University. [LinkedIn]

Boris Hornjak

Vice President 

Boris Hornjak

Vice President 

Boris brings 34 years of project experience spanning three continents. He has extensive experience in preconstruction planning, project operations and execution. Some of his past projects include the 1.4 million-square-foot Bank of America Tower in Houston, Texas, and an 800,000 square-foot, 35-story JW Marriott hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Boris previously worked at Skanska, Turner Construction and Morse Diesel International. He received a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University. [LinkedIn]

Afshan Barshan

Executive Vice President

Afshan Barshan

Executive Vice President

As an executive and strategic leader of Skender, Afshan leverages his 25 years of construction experience to oversee business operations and collaborate on strategic planning. A founding member of the Lean Construction Institute Chicago Community of Practice, Afshan is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject, and also played an integral role in developing Skender’s Lean project delivery. Afshan serves as president for the Zoroastrian Association of Greater Chicago and holds a Master of Science in construction management from Michigan State University. [LinkedIn]

Ashlee Pforr

Project Executive

Ashlee Pforr

Project Executive

Since joining Skender in 2010, Ashlee has overseen numerous construction teams on significant projects, including HERE Technologies, Cars.com, SRAM, Echo Global Logistics and Bank of America at 110 N. Wacker. She earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Iowa State University. [LinkedIn]

Tim Rogers

Project Executive

Tim Rogers

Project Executive

Tim has led numerous construction teams on award-winning buildouts, including Capital One, Morningstar, Mead Johnson and more. He oversees multiple teams and earned his degree in building construction management from Purdue University.

John Estes

Director of Field Operations

John Estes

Director of Field Operations

John has more than twenty years in the construction industry. Since joining Skender in 2011, he has helped deliver a wide variety of healthcare projects for Northwestern Medicine. As Director of Field Operations, John oversees field operations and tracks project progression to ensure a timely, on-budget completion. [LinkedIn]

Pete Conlin

Director of Field Operations

Pete Conlin

Director of Field Operations

Pete has worked in the construction industry for more than 35 years. During his tenure at Skender, he has overseen some of the company’s largest interiors projects, such as Motorola Mobility, Google, Conagra Brands and GGP. As Director of Field Operations, Pete oversees field operations and tracks project progression to ensure timely, on-budget completion. [LinkedIn]

Brian Simons

Project Executive 

Brian Simons

Project Executive 

Brian joined Skender in 2007 and has since played an integral role in the development and delivery of Skender’s Lean-focused initiatives for healthcare clients. Brian oversees a team of more than 20 healthcare construction professionals and manages relationships with major health systems. Brian earned a degree in construction management and engineering from Purdue University. [LinkedIn]

Brian Bukowski

Project Executive 

Brian Bukowski

Project Executive 

Brian has been an integral member of Skender’s team since joining the firm in 2007. With a specialty in large-scale office buildouts for technology and financial/professional service firms, Brian oversees multiple construction teams and mentors Skender’s next generation of talent. He earned his degree in building construction management from Purdue University. [LinkedIn]

Andy Halik

Project Executive

Andy Halik

Project Executive

Since joining Skender in 2011, Andy has led numerous construction teams on transformational projects in Fulton Market, Merchandise Mart and the Old Post Office. These include Google, Walgreens and Conagra Brands. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. [LinkedIn]

Stacy Laughlin

Controller

Stacy Laughlin

Controller

As controller, Stacy manages the development, implementation and administration of various corporate financial and general accounting policies and practices. She also oversees the Skender financial team. Stacy earned an MBA and a bachelor’s in accounting from Northern Illinois University. [LinkedIn]

Jeff Krause

Director of Field Operations

Jeff Krause

Director of Field Operations

Jeff joined Skender in 2017 and brought with him more than 20 years of industry experience, including new construction of high-rise, healthcare, education and institutional projects. Since joining Skender, he has overseen the completion of several projects, including Hyatt House, a 17-story, extended-stay hotel in Chicago’s Fulton Market. Jeff earned a construction management degree from Western Illinois University. [LinkedIn]

Joe Pecoraro

Project Executive 

Joe Pecoraro

Project Executive 

Joe is a leading adopter of Lean construction techniques and has helped shape Skender’s Lean-focused culture since joining the company in 2005. Joe oversees Skender’s multi-unit housing team, and his expertise has helped deliver a wide range of successful multi-family residential, affordable housing and senior living projects. He earned a master’s degree in project management from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. [LinkedIn]

Brian Ribordy

Director of Field Operations

Brian Ribordy

Director of Field Operations

Brian brings more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Since joining Skender in 2011, he has overseen numerous new construction and renovation projects. Some of his projects include Southland Village, North Shore Place, Greenbrier of Prospect Heights and Woodlawn Station. Brian earned his degree in construction management from Illinois State University.

Lynn DeMeulemeester

Director, Workplace Culture

Lynn DeMeulemeester

Director, Workplace Culture

Lynn joined Skender in 2006 and has been paramount in perpetuating Skender’s culture since then. As director of workplace culture, Lynn provides oversight for all activities related to the physical office operations and workplace culture, including the management of reception, concierge and special projects, such as office design and our HQ relocation in 2017. [LinkedIn]

Todd Andrlik

Vice President, Marketing

Todd Andrlik

Vice President, Marketing

Todd joined Skender in 2017, helping the firm develop and deliver new marketing strategies. He brings more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, including more than a dozen years in construction marketing. Todd and his team often partner with Skender clients to enhance the promotions of their new buildings and spaces. In addition to marketing, Todd is an award-winning, bestselling author and editor of American history books and serves on the editorial board of Illinois Real Estate Journal. He received his MBA from Roosevelt University and an undergraduate degree in PR from Illinois State University. [LinkedIn]

Industry Rankings

89

Top U.S. Building Contractors

28

Top Midwest Contractors

70

Top Multifamily Construction Firms in the U.S.

61

Top Healthcare Construction Firms in the U.S.

36

Top Office Construction Firms in the U.S.

27

Top Reconstruction (Renovation) Firms in the U.S.

Recognition and Honors

Skender is a market leader and strong supporter of the local community. We’re proud to be the recipient of a number of prestigious honors, and strive to continue our high-caliber work for all those we serve.

  • Most Innovative Companies in the World 2019
    – Fast Company
  • 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For – Chicago, 12 years in a row since 2008
    – National Association for Business Resources
  • Best Places to Work in Illinois, 10 years in a row since 2009
    – Daily Herald Business Ledger
  • Best Places to Work in Chicago, 2018, 2013
    – Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Giants 300 Largest U.S. Building Contractors
    – Building Design+Construction
  • ENR 400 Largest U.S. Contractors
    – Engineering News-Record
  • Fast 50 Company, 2011, 2009, 2007
    – Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Interior Contractor of the Year Winner, 2018, 2016, 2015
    – Greater Chicago Food Depository CRE Awards
  • Special Achievement of the Year, 2013
    – Greater Chicago Food Depository CRE Awards (1871 Chicago)
  • Interior Merit Award Winner, 2016
    – Chicago Building Congress (confidential tech project)
  • ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year, 2014
    – Engineering News-Record (Motorola Mobility HQ)
  • 10 years in a row, voted Top Illinois Contractor
    – 
    Midwest Construction
  • Contractor of the Year, The Coalition for United Community Action, 2008
    – ORTC, Inc.
  • Top Interior Contractor
    – Midwest Construction
  • Family Business of the Year, 2005
    – Loyola University
  • Community Service Award
    – Loyola University
  • Safety Award, 2018, 2017 and 2016
    – Great Lakes Construction Association
  • Fleet Safety Award, 2014
    – Raffles Insurance
  • Gold Safety Award, 2017 and 2014
    – Raffles Insurance
  • Safety Award, 2013
    – Lake County Contractors Association
  • Largest Privately-Held Firm
    – Crain’s Chicago Business
  • Build-to-Suit of the Year Finalist, 2020
    – Greater Chicago Food Depository CRE Awards (Esperanza Health Center)

Skender Foundation.
Inspire.
Impact.
Empower.

Skender Foundation was built on the belief that everyone should have access to tools that help people make prosperous life decisions.

Since its 2012 inception, Skender Foundation has contributed nearly $7 million to deserving organizations impacting education and wellness. Hosting two signature events in downtown Chicago each year, the foundation has raised funds for more than 300 charitable organizations. Skender Foundation also includes the Builders’ Board, a group of next-generation leaders working to inspire positive and sustainable change in the community.

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