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Curious to learn more about the construction industry? Or wonder what it's like to work for Power? 

Our employees are eager to share their experiences with you, personally. Each of them has a unique story to tell as they come from different backgrounds, with various degrees and a wide range of passions, both personal and professional. Feel free to explore their profiles below and connect directly with any questions. 

Oscar Beach

Oscar BeachProject Engineer

Southern Illinois University '15 | Joined Power in 2016

First construction job:  Red-Line Wilson Project as an intern. I was given the opportunity to work on a project which involved both Heavy Highway and Building Construction. This was great for me because I was undecided on what sector of construction I was going get into, but this internship gave me a look at both sides which helped me in making that decision.

Best career advice ever received:  Always set personal goals. This will keep the fire in you going.

Why construction?  For a few years after graduating high school I worked at a 九游棋牌游戏大厅下载home improvement store where I would interact with different contractors, this is what first sparked my interest in the construction field. I was not aware that there were programs for construction management until I saw a TV commercial from a local college. The highlights of the profession were so intriguing to me that I did further research on the profession and different schools offering the CM program. The following fall semester I was off to school to pursue my degree.

Best thing about living in Chicago:  Chicago's downtown area. The skyline is beautiful and there is always something going on to keep you entertained.

Favorite Chicago Landmark:  Buckingham Fountain

Favorite sports team:  Chicago Bulls

Oscar Beach

Project Engineer
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Shane BoyerProject Manager

Penn State University '10    |  Temple University '17  |  Joined Power in 2017

How I started in construction: In high school, I took an introductory course on AutoCAD and I loved designing buildings. When I learned about Penn State's Architectural Engineering program, I knew it was a perfect blend of design and construction. I enjoy being able to see projects through from conceptual renderings to final construction.
 
First construction job: A 375,000 sf addition to the Hershey Chocolate Factory adding eight new production lines. We were given unlimited chocolate during the project.
 
Best career advice ever received: You are born with two ears and only one mouth, so listen twice as much as you talk.
 
Best thing about living in Chicago: Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The Chicago River and Riverwalk. I love walking along the Riverwalk and photographing all different types of architecture, from the historic Wrigley Building to modern structural feats like 150 North Riverside.

Shane Boyer

Project Manager
Kim Carpenter

Kim CarpenterSr. Project Manager

Concordia University '03  |  Joined Power in 2002

My first job in the industry: As a first year apprentice carpenter I was responsible for inventory and distribution of the doors, frames and hardware for the new Lufthansa/Air France Cargo facilities at O'Hare Airport. 
 
Best career advice ever received: Relationships matter.
 
Why construction? I love working in construction because it's challenging, requires me to think 'holographically,' and because our work contributes to so many people - its extraordinarily rewarding!
 
Best thing about living in Chicago: Great people, great food, beautiful architecture - I could go on and on...
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The Rookery Building
 
Favorite sports team: Since Chicago doesn't have a drag racing team, I'd say the Blackhawks. 

Kim Carpenter

Sr. Project Manager
Luke Daugherty

Luke DaughertyAssistant Superintendent

Iowa State University '10 | Joined Power in 2011

How I started in construction: My senior year of high school I helped a local contractor roof houses during the summer.

Best career advice ever received: Don’t be afraid to ask a stupid question. It’s better to know what you’re doing rather than act like you know and do something stupid.

Why construction? I like being able to see the fruits of my work. It’s nice to be able to drive by a building and say “I helped build that”.

Favorite Chicago landmark: Wrigley Field

Luke Daugherty

Assistant Superintendent
Neal Deiters

Neal DeitersAssistant Project Manager

Northwestern University '13 | Joined Power in 2013

First started fulltime in the business: 2013

How I started in construction: My interest in construction began with a passion for building Lego’s.

Best career advice ever received: “Hard work, always pays off”.

Why construction? I have a passion for project management, design, and building science.

Best thing about living in Chicago: My favorite part about living in Chicago is exercising along the lakefront.

Favorite Chicago landmark: The Sears Tower (I have always called it that and probably always will despite its recent name change) is my favorite Chicago landmark.

Neal Deiters

Assistant Project Manager
Aaron Graves

Aaron GravesEstimator

University of Illinois '17 |  Joined Power in 2017

How I got started in construction: My best friend's dad growing up was a 九游棋牌游戏大厅下载home builder. He would pay us to be "laborers in training" and handle any miscellaneous job that needed attention - move supplies or equipment, hauling trash, etc.
 
Best career advice ever received: Every person has something to teach you.
 
Why construction? I hated the idea of just designing things in a silo. Construction gave me the chance to work with a diverse group of people to solve challenges. Every day brings something new  and I'm constantly learning.
 
Best thing about living in Chicago: Every neighborhood has so much to offer. I'll spend the rest of my life exploring and never even get close to doing it all. 
 
Favorite non-work activity: Going to Red Stars or Fire matches with my friends.
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The 606 - you can see Chicago in a way that's completely unique and it's one of the most beautiful parts of the city.
 
 

Aaron Graves

Estimator
Brian Hampel

Brian HampelSuperintendent

Iowa State University '13 | Joined Power in 2014

How I started in construction: Summer internship, in road construction, repaving Hwy 12 near the IL/WI border in 2009.

Best career advice ever received: Establish successful working relationships with owners, architects, co-workers and subcontractors.

Why construction? Construction has been an interest and a passion of mine ever since I was a child but I didn’t have the artistic skills to be an architect!

Favorite Chicago landmark: Wrigley Field, how can you not love the friendly confines!?!

Favorite sports team: Atlanta Braves!!

Brian Hampel

Superintendent
Megan Lick

Megan LickSenior Project Accountant

St. Mary's University '07  |  Joined Power in 2013

How I got started in construction: While deciding if I wanted to pursue nursing or medical school, and already facing student loans, I took a receptionist position at Aldridge Electric, a local family-owned company. Along with front desk work, I was helping with marketing and accounting. Less than a year in, the CFO hired me into his accounting group, first in accounts receivable, and eventually as a project accountant.
 
Best career advice ever received: At the start of my career I was a little hung up on working in the corporate world vs doing something that directly helped/impacted the world. I found that if you're in a job that you like and if it affords you to live a fulfilling life outside of the workplace then you are doing great!
 
Why construction? I think it chose me, haha! My dad was a sheet metal foreman for 30 years so I grew up with respect for the trades. I love the pace and excitement of building and renovating. There's an endless challenge behind the scenes to be as proactive and efficient as possible, to help keep the job running smoothly out there on the ground.
 
Favorite non-work activity: Either trying out new breweries, or listening to true crime podcasts while running with my kiddos in the jogging stroller... or running so I can continue visiting breweries. 
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The Shedd Aquarium. I thought it was pretty magical when I was little, and it still gives me that nostalgic awe.

Megan Lick

Senior Project Accountant
Karla Lopez

Karla LopezProject Engineer

Northwestern University '18 | Joined Power in 2018

First construction job: I was introduced to construction when I was working on a Solar Decathlon project at NU. Our team had to design and build a house and then transport it to a different state. There was a lot of coordination and planning, and we had a great team of students and professionals in the AEC fields. This experience ultimately led to my pursuit of a career in construction management. 
 
Best career advice you've received: If you're not being challenged, you're not learning anything new. Seek out challenges and opportunities for growth.
 
Why construction? I love buildings, everything from design to construction, and I love learning. Being on the construction side allows me to work with many different trades and people with diverse backgrounds, so there are countless opportunities to learn from the Power team, the subcontractors, and the design team.
 
Favorite non-work activity: Latin dancing!
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: John Hancock Center - work of structural art.

Karla Lopez

Project Engineer
Eugene Mason III

Eugene Mason Superintendent

Tuskegee University '93, Marylhurst University '15 | Joined Power in 2016

How I started in construction:  My first construction related job was during my high school summer breaks working for a construction firm rehabbing single family 九游棋牌游戏大厅下载homes in Chicago.  I enjoyed learning and being introduced to the different crafts.  The best part was stepping back to see the finished product and reminiscing on the challenges. 

Best career advice ever received: “There is always room for growth; never stop learning – Be Intentional."

Why construction? I enjoyed summer construction projects & drafting in high school, so my initial impression was to major in Architecture.  During my final architectural thesis (I had a brain fart)… upon graduating, I switched my focus to construction management.  I felt I would have more fulfillment up close and hands-on with field related activities.  20+ years later, I’m still enjoying overseeing construction projects.

Favorite Chicago landmark: The Southside - Bronzeville, Hyde Park, South Shore, the lakefront...  

Favorite sports team: Bulls, 3-Peat!

Eugene Mason

Superintendent
Chauntee McDonald

Chauntee McDonaldConstruction Laborer & Site Safety Coordinator

Northern Illinois University  |  Joined Power in 2014

How I got started in construction: I got started by attending a technical opportunities program through an organization called Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT). My first construction job was a water reclamation project on Irving Park and Rockwell. 
 
Best career advice ever received: To always set goals, plan, and execute. 
 
Why construction: I chose construction because I wanted to be involved in building things that would be a part of the city's history.
 
Favorite non-work activity: Cooking for people and traveling.
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The Japanese Gardens behind the Museum of Science and Industry.

Chauntee McDonald

Construction Laborer & Site Safety Coordinator
Ben Meints

Ben MeintsSuperintendent

Purdue University '09 | Joined Power in 2009

How I started in construction: I was a laborer sealing roads in college.

Best career advice ever received: “You can do your job and like it, or just do your job. The choice is yours, as long as you get your job done."

Why did you choose construction as a profession: I get to work with a diverse group of people, which makes every day interesting.  And I’m not tied to a desk all day long. 

Favorite Chicago landmark: The bridges over the Chicago River.

Favorite sports team: Milwaukee Brewers

Ben Meints

Superintendent
Zach Muscari

Zach MuscariProject Engineer

Bradley University '17  |  Joined Power in 2018

How I got started in construction: I grew up around it. My dad has been a contractor my whole life so I took advantage of every chance I had to get my hands on tools!
 
Best career advice ever given: A job is just a task that you need to complete. A career is something you are passionate about and look forward to. Make sure you have a career, not just a job, to ensure you go to work every day loving what you do.
 
Why construction? Construction is a very rewarding career. There are endless possibilities along the way to build something and it allows you to be creative in order to find the best way to do so.  You're able to see firsthand the progress being made and eventually the final product.
 
Best thing about living in Chicago: Without a question - the food!
 
Favorite non-work activity: Anything sports related.
 
Favorite Chicago landmark: The skyline - there are many vantage points in this city to view the skyline, its truly an amazing sight. 

Zach Muscari

Project Engineer
Sarah Nelson

Sarah NelsonProject Engineer

University of Illinois Champaign '12 and '14 | Joined Power in 2016

How I started in construction:  I started interning with traditional architecture firms – small commercial, residential, corporate – before deciding to make the jump to the construction side.  I have always loved the industry, it just took me a few summers to decide where I wanted to sit at the table.

Best career advice ever received:  Work hard and do what you love.

Why construction?  I was fortunate to live through a 九游棋牌游戏大厅下载home addition in grade school and was extremely interested as the drawing sets came through.  I love walking a job and seeing how a project comes together – literally.

Best thing about living in Chicago:  The restaurant scene and lakefront path.

Favorite Chicago Landmark:  Promontory Point – it has the best views of the skyline

Favorite sports team:  Chicago Blackhawks

Sarah Nelson

Project Engineer
Jessica Petersen

Jessica PetersenSafety Technician

Northern Illinois University '17  |  Joined Power in 2017

How I got started in construction: Growing up I would spend summers in Colorado helping out at the construction company that my uncle owns.  It was exciting and fulfilling to see the end product and know that I had a part in it.
 
Best career advice ever received: Always do the right thing and ask questions.
 
Why construction? It's a gratifying field to be in. I love my job because I am a part of something that's long lasting. Years from now I will be able to point at the Chicago skyline and know I was a part of that. 
 
Best thing about living in Chicago: The food.
 
Favorite non-work activities: Walking my dog, hiking and going to wineries.
 
Favorite sports team: Gryffindor Quidditch team.

Jessica Petersen

Safety Technician
Phil Stearney

Phil StearneySr. Project Manager

Iowa State University '89  |  Joined Power in 2014

My first construction job: The American Airlines concourse expansion at O'Hare Airport - I'm a PM with Power's Aviation Group so it seems I've come full circle!
 
Best career advice ever received: In any moment of decision the best think you can do is make the right decision, the next best thing you can do is make the wrong decision, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
 
Why construction? I grew up taking things apart, fixing them and then rebuilding them. That included everything from model airplanes to our family house up in Door County.  Our dad was a big DIY-guy so it was a natural fit that both my brother and I pursued careers in construction.
 
Favorite non-work activity: Family time with my wife and our four kids.
 
Favorite sports team: Win or lose, I have and always will follow the Iowa State Cyclones.

Phil Stearney

Sr. Project Manager
Trevor Symbal

Trevor SymbalProject Engineer

Milwaukee School of Engineering '19  |  Joined Power in 2019

My first construction job: My first job related to construction was right out of high school while working at a local hardscaping company completing AutoCAD drawings and using AutoCAD for takeoffs.
 
Why construction?   It goes back to my first construction related job enjoying AutoCAD. I had a love for technology and design but I didn't want be an architect so I looked into architectural engineering. I did not go that route long-term, but instead am in a construction management role that allows me to leverage my tech and design background to communicate effectively between the field and design teams.
 

Favorite non-work activity:  Over the past three or four years I have been doing leatherwork making things like wallets, belts, watchbands and other small leather goods Each project is unique and it is calming to spend an afternoon crafting something that you know will make someone happy.

Favorite Chicago landmark: Gene and Judes. If you've never heard of it, don't. Just go on a Friday and DO NOT ask for ketchup. It'll be worth it!

Trevor Symbal

Project Engineer
Dennis Thurow

Dennis ThurowAssistant Superintendent

University of Illinois '16 | Joined Power in 2017

How I started in construction: I was an intern for the transportation department in the city I grew up in. I worked on the sidewalk replacement program and micro-resurfacing during the summer after my freshman year.

Best career advice ever received: “If it matters to someone, it matters."

Why construction? I love the fast pace of the work and the challenges that come along with it. We get to problem solve every day and work with all sorts of different people which gives a really good balance to the day. The ability to walk through the city and see your finished work for many years after the job is over is also really cool.

Favorite Chicago landmark: The Chicago Board of Trade

Best thing about living in Chicago: Food. Some of the best food in the world is in Chicago and there is no shortage of variety. Restaurants and chefs that food critics travel across the country or world to visit are within walking distance.

Dennis Thurow

Assistant Superintendent
Vince Tuminello

Vince TuminelloSenior Superintendent

St. Xavier '96  |  Joined Power in 2015

My first construction job:  My first construction job was as a carpenter, building custom 九游棋牌游戏大厅下载homes. When I chose to be in construction is was based off a financial decision, but quickly realized it was what I am supposed to do.

Favorite thing about Chicago: My wife and I are big foodies - being in Chicago there is always something new and exciting to try!

Favorite non-work activity: Fishing! I bass fish every chance I get and I am the head coach for my son's high school bass fishing team. No only do I get to fish but I get to teach kids about something I love!

Favorite Chicago landmark:  The lions in front of the Art Institute. They're an iconic part of Michigan Avenue and its great when they're dressed up to support different local sports teams.

Favorite sports team: I bleed Cubbie blue (even before they won!)

Vince Tuminello

Senior Superintendent