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Skender Announces Key Chicago, Midwest Leadership Promotions

Skender has announced six promotions among its leadership team to support the firm’s strategic goals for growth, innovation and operational excellence.

The promotions are as follows:

    • Courtney Boatwright was promoted to Creative Director

      Since joining Skender in 2011, Courtney has steadily embodied Skender’s core values through her internal interactions and her external deliverables. In her new role, she will oversee all creative production aspects of Skender’s brand, marketing campaigns and initiatives.

    • Kate Calenberg was promoted to Director of Learning & Development

      Kate joined the Skender team in 2004 and, after a decade in project management, jumped into learning and development. In her new role, she will be responsible for the effective development, direction and presentation of training and development programs for all operational employees.

    • Patrick Sullivan was promoted to Director of Field Operations

      Since joining Skender in 2015, Patrick has been an invaluable resource in managing field activities and operations for crucial client projects, including recent large-scale buildouts for Salesforce Chicago and Bank of America. In his new role, he will help oversee field operations, guiding projects and teams to safe, timely, on-budget completions.

    • Brian Bukowski was promoted to Senior Vice President

      Brian joined Skender in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Since 2021, Brian has co-led the Interiors group, and he will continue to provide strategic and operational leadership.

    • Andy Halik was promoted to Senior Vice President

      Andy joined Skender in 2011 and has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry. As Senior Vice President, Andy will continue to co-lead the interiors group with strategic vision and a commitment to growing relationships.

    • Brian Simons was promoted to Senior Vice President

      Brian joined Skender in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Since 2020, Brian has led Skender’s Indianapolis office, and as SVP he will continue to lead Skender’s Indianapolis construction operations.

    “We are delighted to kick off the new year with the promotion of these six incredible Skender leaders,” said Justin Brown, President and CEO at Skender. “Each of these talented individuals embodies Skender’s deep commitment to client service, community building, operational excellence and high performance and I am excited to see what 2024 brings as they settle into their new roles.”


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    About Jasmine Kilman

    Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.