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ICAT Construction Board

Chair, Construction Board

Chuck Freiheit

Chief Operating Officer

F. H. Paschen


Chuck joined F.H. Paschen as a Project Engineer, going on to serve in various project management and leadership roles in the civil and building divisions in the Chicago office as well as spending time in one of Paschen’s regional offices before becoming Vice President and eventually Chief Operating Officer in 2015. With over 20 years of construction experience, Chuck’s main role is to oversee diversity and compliance for the company, as well as the daily operations and work of the leadership team. As a visionary and true leader with a reputation for developing successful business relationships with both clients and subcontractors, Chuck has directed a number of high profile projects for clients such as Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Vice Chairs, Construction Board

James Clair

Operations Manager

Turner Construction Co.

Jim's career with Turner Construction began in 1988 as a Field Engineer after graduating from
Bradley University. He has served numerous roles and positions including Estimating Engineer, Scheduling Engineer, Cost Engineer, Project Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, Project Executive, Construction Executive, Deputy Operations Manager and presently Operations Manager for the Great Lakes Region overseeing construction operations for projects in the Great Lakes Region business units of Detroit and Indianapolis. He is the recipient of the CEC Outstanding Alumni Award


Kevin Zesch

Senior Vice President

LendLease Construction

Kevin Zesch is Senior Vice President & General Superintendent at Lend Lease, a world leader in project management and construction, operating in more than 30 countries and 7,500 employees. An award-winning alumnus from Bradley University, he has worked many challenging projects, including the $140 million University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Navy pier redevelopment project in Chicago, and the $61.1 million Sears Integrated Business Headquarters Expansion. He participated in the 2011 Executive Summit and spoke on PPP at the 2012 Executive Summit.

Construction Board Members

Joshua Adams

Vice President

NPL Construction Co.

Laith Al-Khafaji

Assistant State's Attorney

Tazewell County

Ammar Alzarrad

CEC Assistant Professor

Bradley University

Jeremy Andersen

Senior Superintendent

LendLease Construction

Dennis Araujo

Project Executive/Member

Contegra Construction Co.

Kevin Bogner

Project Control Manager

Black & Veatch Corporation

Justin Brown

Operations Manager -Chicago

NPL Construction Co.

Clint Drury

Executive Director

Building Trades

Tom Fitch

Sr. Director of Facilities

Springfield Clinic

Roger Goodson

Senior Manager

American Water

Chris Goray

Vice President

Power Construction

Liz Gorman

Director, Regional Bus. Develop.


Lisa Hennigh

Administrator, Prof. Services

Capital Development Board

Roger Huebner

Executive Vice President

Central Illinois Builders

Karen Jensen

President & CEO

Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Yoon-Si Lee

CEC Associate Professor

Bradley University

Jesse Martinez

FEP Administrator

Capital Development Board

Dana Oaks

Executive Director


Tom Powers

Executive Vice President

D. B. Sterlin

Gabriel Rodriguez

Director of Estimating

PJ Hoerr, Inc.

Stephen Scott

Global Facilities Planning

Caterpillar Inc.

Mahmood Soltani

CEC Assistant Professor

Bradley University

David Spelman

CEC Assistant Professor

Bradley University

Edward Stritch

President & CEO

The Concord Group

Dave Williams


Williams Brothers Construction

Michael Williams


Williams Brothers Construction

Mike Wilson

Deputy Director

Capital Development Board

Ron Wright


Capital Development Board