Jake oversees operations for Pepper Construction Company in Barrington, Illinois. In addition, he leads the Integrated Construction Services (ICS) team, bringing our preconstruction services, technical services, and high performance/sustainability capabilities together and in alignment with our safety, quality and self perform programs in a way that best serves our clients. This group is comprised of people that represent some of the most advanced thought leadership in our industry—investigating new technologies, evaluating new methodologies and creating innovative solutions in the field to help our clients recognize their vision. He works closely with IT to align project technology with business applications, and his experience in project management benefits operations by providing integrated platforms designed to bring efficiencies at both the business and project level.
Starting in 2002, Jake worked at Pepper in various summer internships. But after graduating from college, Jake decided to explore different opportunities in the fields of engineering and finance. By the Spring of 2013, he felt ready to bring his new perspectives on the business world back to Pepper and joined the company as a project manager. In 2015, he began working with the IT department to provide strategic direction on business-critical initiatives. Jake also provides support and insight to our virtual construction and high performance groups, and is leading initiatives related to our long-term facilities plans.
Jake completed his MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. In addition to serving as a guest speaker for the Masters of Project Management program at Northwestern, he is an active member of CMUG, CMiC’s user community, as well as the Urban Land Institute. Outside of work, Jake volunteers as a math mentor for students involved with the POSSE Foundation and has a passion for environmental issues, including clean water and sustainable urban farming.
Eric specializes in hotel and casino construction, most recently working on some of the trendiest hotels in Chicago, like Hotel EMC2 and the Moxy. With more than $400 million in casino construction, his resume includes work at Harrah’s, the Grand Victoria, Rivers Casino (the world’s first LEED Gold casino) and Horseshoe Hammond, which was the largest floating facility in the U.S. when it was constructed.
Eric has been with Pepper Construction since 1999, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin.
With over $6.75 billion in hospitality and gaming work, Chris has extensive experience with new casino construction as well as multiple restaurant, gaming floors and night club renovations. His background includes positions as both an owner's representative and as part of the general contractor's team. Included in his portfolio of projects are the following: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Red Rock Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Pechanga Hotel and Casino in Temecula, California. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering with Structural Emphasis from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.