The Who's Who Chicago & Northwest Indiana Article Archive

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Tell Us When and Where
Fall/Winter 2019

Mark D. Carroll is a tinkerer. From the time he was a young boy, he was taking things apart to see how they worked. So it’s only natural that his company, ConstructionCAM, was born out of his curiosity to make something new. ConstructionCAM,…

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Strength in Unity
Fall/Winter 2019

There is strength in numbers. Many people have heard this age-old cliché, which suggests there is greater power or security when many individuals or organizations join a single cause. One could also interpret this adage to mean there is strength…

Pursuing Its Own Destiny
Fall/Winter 2019

Owning a business is the ultimate expression of the American dream—with a caveat. The promise of any successful business may be inspired by possibility and freedom, but its foundation is built day to day in the trenches, from a team committed…

Local Expertise Global Experience
Fall/Winter 2019

When it comes to the scope and scale of work access as well as forming, shoring and related specialty solutions, few companies—if any—have the inventory of products or the depth of expertise of BrandSafway across the global commercial, infrastructure…

A Bumpy Road to Success
Fall/Winter 2019

In 1890, Edmund J. Longyear, a mining engineer from the first graduating class at the Michigan Mining School (now known as Michigan Tech), drilled the first diamond core hole in the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota. To accomplish this…

True to its Name
Fall/Winter 2019

When Richard Harris, President of Noble Modern Builders LLC, created a name for his firm, he did so with the goal that the name would communicate the company’s values. Those values include integrity, high quality, transparency and dependability…

A New Leaf
Fall/Winter 2019

Phoenix Builders, Ltd. is no stranger to new and challenging projects. For more than three decades, the company has grown and established itself as a reliable full-service construction partner across a variety of industries, including restaurant,…

Longevity Fueled by Family
Spring/Summer 2019

Family businesses are not all created equal, but they do carry a similar weight of expectation, a genuine regard for tradition, and a focus on treating clients and employees as the lifeblood of their organizations. After five generations in…

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People, Partnerships & Performance
Spring/Summer 2019

According to Daniel Levin, Cain Millwork, Inc.’s CEO, the “10,000-square-foot cabinet shop” that Roger Cain founded in 1978 has steadily grown to become a much larger, diversified company since his family purchased this business in 1996.

Agents for Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2019

When it comes to finding the best partners to complete a job, construction professionals have long relied on trusted relationships. But in today’s demanding environment with labor shortages, increasing project complexity, tight budgets and fast-track…

Building With A Passion
Spring/Summer 2019

Growing up as a first-generation American in Cicero, Illinois, Carmen Gratace knew from an early age he wanted to own his own business. It’s a goal and desire he harnessed and rode to found Global Builders, Inc., becoming one of the leading…

A Community Bank at its Roots
Spring/Summer 2019

Win. Trust. What an exceptional name for a bank.

Imagination for Every Project
Spring/Summer 2019

The “work hard, play hard” mantra isn’t lost on Synergy General Contractors (Synergy) because fun is part of each day’s schedule.

Bricks & Beyond
Fall/Winter 2018

From the iconic Wrigley Field and Chicago’s towering skyscrapers to the classic residential structures in the metro area, the Oremus family has helped define the character of a city, a state and much of the Upper Midwest over the last 60+ years.…

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Barbecue With A Purpose
Fall/Winter 2018

When Gayla Smith of Frankfort, Illinois, first came across the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s Smart Home Program, she knew she had to get involved. The program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely injured veterans…

Winning the Cash Flow Management Battle
Fall/Winter 2018

There’s a popular saying that suggests necessity is the mother of invention. For Alex Tovstanovsky of Working Capital of America, this adage aptly describes his journey as a successful business leader.

Managing the Storm (Water)
Fall/Winter 2018

There’s no cape or superhero title, but Gayle Van Sessen protects public waters to ensure they remain clean and free of pollutants. She also watches the bottom line for construction companies.

The Right Stuff
Fall/Winter 2018

Brian Parks was serving his term as President of the Antioch Lions Club when it looked like their dream of building the Williams Park Pavilion was not going to happen.

The Sword of Success
Spring/Summer 2018

With the distinctive claymore sword as his shield of honor, Michael K. Gallagher has built a business on the principles of his Celtic ancestors—strength, integrity and a willingness to battle for those they represent.

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A Beacon of Hope
Spring/Summer 2018

Six years ago, a group of volunteers from a food pantry in Waukegan, Illinois, gathered at a local restaurant to discuss a matter weighing heavily on their hearts. These eight individuals yearned to find a better way to impact the families they…

Fulfilling People’s Wants…and Needs
Spring/Summer 2018

Peter Fazio Jr. applies his planning and construction skills to meet some people’s wants as well as other people’s basic survival needs. A new home here, a new business location there…and even a homeless shelter just down the road.

A Now Approach to Life-Safety Needs
Spring/Summer 2018

Gone are the days when simple fire and smoke alarms warned building occupants of impending danger. Technology in the life safety industry has evolved so rapidly that integrated fire and security systems can now notify people about a variety…

Clients & Community Above All
Spring/Summer 2018

Fred Schramm has the ability and experience to look at a construction plan, foresee problems and suggest improvements—all to meet the goals and objectives of his clients. This foresight works to make his firm, Schramm Construction Corp., succeed.

Finding Opportunities
Spring/Summer 2018

When David Rambhajan, President of Industria Construction Services (Industria), was a kid growing up in Chicago, he played baseball in Horner Park, which lies along the north branch of the Chicago River. At the time, the river was fenced off…

Projects With A Purpose
Fall/Winter 2017

Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, with nearly three million people living in 77 communities that contain more than 100 neighborhoods. With so many people and the vast variety of communities that exist within the metropolitan…

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Homes With Heart
Fall/Winter 2017

There are nearly 1,400 Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world. Only 23 of them have earned “Affiliate of Distinction” status, an award established in 2013 to honor local chapters as “the best of the best” on a national classifying…

What You Need to Succeed
Fall/Winter 2017

Larry Bullock doesn’t just try to put things in perspective for minority business owners—he tries to flip their perspectives by 180 degrees.

The Door, Perfected
Fall/Winter 2017

Something as basic as a gate is easy to ignore, until it becomes a problem.

Building Homes for Veterans in Need
Fall/Winter 2017

For two weeks a year, an extraordinary group of firefighters, policemen and other first responders from 14 states take personal time to organize and build a specially adapted home for a military veteran in need as part of the nonprofit, A Soldier’s…

A Lawyer’s Lawyer
Spring/Summer 2017

Howard Turner has devoted his professional life to mechanics lien law, spending 52 of his 56 years as an attorney advocating for contractors, subcontractors, lenders, owners and suppliers throughout the state of Illinois. In fact, he literally…

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Builders Association Program Leads the Way to Safer Construction
Spring/Summer 2017

Eight out of 10 incidents in the construction industry are caused by an unsafe act, but the Builders Association in Chicago is dedicated to changing that statistic. In 2013, the organization held its inaugural Safety Stand-Down, a toolbox talk…

AMS Earth Movers
Spring/Summer 2016

Eight years ago, few would have expected AMS Earth Movers (AMS), a regional hauling and material supply company based in Lake Villa, Illinois, to be a thriving business today. In its early days, the company struggled to gain a foothold in the…



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