Major American urban areas were not spared the adverse effects of The Great Recession, and many of them are still struggling from job losses and companies relocating altogether to cut costs. One large city that’s recovering nicely from these setbacks is Chicago, which is showing corporate growth despite other financial problems plaguing the city. The secret to this improvement is strong business leaders behind the helm and in the wings of some of Chicago’s mot successful businesses.
John Weaver is the senior superintendent of one of the Windy City’s largest construction firms, Skender Construction. Weaver has had more than thirty years of experience overseeing the construction of major health care facility projects in the Windy City. At Skender, he ensures that local construction workers are the ones employed during this current construction boom.
Hope Alexander recently joined BE&K Building Group as its Vice President of Business Development. Her mission is to expand this aeronautic and life science’s firm beyond the Chicago area into the national market. The company has a large local presence in the areas of advanced manufacturing, emerging technologies, and development of mixed-use real estate blocs.
Nick Paldrmic is the Regional President of the BMO Private Bank and oversees the strategic development and delivery of the bank’s personal wealth platform for clients. Employed with BMO since 2010, Paldrmic has worked in financial services for almost two decades, keeping money in play in Chicago.
Cynthia McCafferty is a senior partner and vice president with the Hawthorne Strategy Group, a public relations firm with clients nationwide. The company continues to have a strong local presence, and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority are among the Chicago clients McCafferty works with.
Majeed Ekbal is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C., but has spent decades working and living in the Windy City. A marketing executive and entrepreneur, Ekbal got his start in the Chicago area by creating a “personal specialty grocery shopping service” known as Expresso. Expresso tracked down and purchased hard-to-locate food items for clients and delivered them within a guaranteed time frame. Aftr shuttering his specialty grocery business, Ekbal owned an overseas investment company. He is currently employed by the public relations and marketing firm Razorfish, where he is a client relations manager and brand manager with that company. His duties there include supervising project teams working with health care groups and businesses to develop websites and social media campaigns to better market their products. Ekbal currently still resides in the Chicago area, but hopes to work with business groups in the Middle East to improve their marketing and branding strategies.