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Guido Construction has been synonymous with construction in San Antonio, Texas, since 1927. 

By Jim Harris

Guido Construction has played a major role in building the city of San Antonio, Texas, for nearly 90 years. The company first made its mark in the city in 1927, when founder Louis Guido and his partners built St. Francis De Paola Church and Parish Hall in downtown San Antonio, which is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Several notable buildings and monuments that can still be seen in the city today followed, including the San Pedro Playhouse and the San Antonio Museum of Art. The company also renovated and restored the historic San Fernando Cathedral and, in recent years, replaced the roof of the Alamo. The roofing project was not the company's first at the historic battle site; the company placed a memorial stone there in 1939.

041 Johnnys HolidayInn Peoria wHeart of America Group takes control over the design and construction of its projects.

By Alan Dorich

Heart of America Group does not build its projects with a short-term view, President and CEO Mike Whalen says. “We build with the idea that we’ll still own it 25 years from now,” he declares.

Based in Moline, Ill., the design, construction and management company has a portfolio of properties in six states that includes restaurants, hotels, retail and office space. When Whalen started Heart of America at the age of 23, he had planned on a different career.

007 DiMarco Construction copyOver the course of more than three decades, DiMarco Construction Co. has grown into a highly skilled general contractor with a diverse project portfolio.

By Eric Slack

Family owned and operated DiMarco Construction Co. was founded in Pittsburgh in 1980. The company began as a small masonry and concrete contractor specializing in residential renovations and driveways. DiMarco Construction quickly distinguished itself from the competition by providing customers with a higher-quality and superior finished product.

“The cornerstone of our reputation is our insistence upon honesty and integrity when dealing with customers,” President Phil DiMarco says. DiMarco founded the firm along with his father, Domenic, a veteran of the construction industry and a highly regarded brick mason. “We galvanized our reputation by providing high-quality work that was done with skill, craftsmanship and integrity. These steadfast principles helped the company steadily grow in its initial years.”

257 Thayer corner copyDellbrook Construction is broadening its specialty in multiunit residential construction by acquiring another contractor.

By Russ Gager

A relatively young company – it was founded in 2005 – Dellbrook Construction LLC is growing substantially every year. “The majority of our work is multiunit housing and residential,” reports Jonathan Bonaccorsi, who is project manager on one such development called West of Chestnut. “The last couple of years, the podium-style construction has been getting a lot busier. We’ve been picking up a lot of those over the past couple of years.”

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Coleman Spohn Corp. is involved in some of Cleveland’s most significant projects to improve the community and build its reputation.

By Janice Hoppe

A premier mechanical contracting company in Cleveland, Coleman Spohn Corp. has played a significant role in projects over the past decade that has changed the skyline of its hometown. This year is no different, as the company and its team were selected to perform the HVAC work in the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel. The 600-room premier hotel will be the lead hotel for the Republican National Convention coming to Cleveland in July.

“It is a pretty straightforward project that has its challenges,” owner Lonnie Coleman says. “Challenge number one is the aggressive schedule. We are on a very tight timeframe with a hard date to complete the project. Missing the date will have a snowball effect creating issues we cannot begin to comprehend. Completing the HVAC systems in a timely fashion allowing the other trades on the project the ability to maintain their schedules and keep the project moving at a very positive pace.

Brent Richardson 4 Fairfield copyEmbracing all commercial projects allows general contractor Cactus Commercial Inc. to grow alongside its customers.

By Tim O’Connor

When a building project is underway, owners require constant updates on the status of their project. Few are willing to accept excuses or a delayed response. That level of transparency is the key to success of Texas’ Cactus Commercial Inc. The company’s leadership wants its clients to feel comfortable calling anytime day or night.

“We don’t really sell a product,” President Kevin Harris says. “There are a thousand different general contractors out there. We feel that our success has been directly related to our people, first and foremost, and secondly it is the personal commitment and attitude of our entire team, including subcontractors and suppliers.” 

Becoming a regional enterprise wasn’t in the original vision for Pete’s Fresh Market when it began as a produce stand in the 1970s. But thanks to the opportunities presented and the potential within previously underserved areas, it now has 12 locations throughout the Chicago area with even more in the pipeline.

Despite this growth, Pete’s remains family owned and operated, which gives it an authenticity and special touch that other big-box retailers might not have, according to Executive Officer Vanessa Dremonas, daughter of its founder and owner. “The owner of Pete’s will go to every one of our stores daily and make suggestions, mentor employees and give a level of personal attention that is rare nowadays,” she says. 

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