Chicago-based general contracting firm Kinzie Builders has promoted Matthew Shepard, LEED AP BD+C, to vice president of construction. In this newly created role, Shepard will oversee projects from the pre-construction phase through completion.
“In his nearly five-year tenure at Kinzie Builders, Matt has demonstrated an exceptional knack for working with all parties involved in a project—from clients to subcontractors—in creating collaborative plans that meet deadlines and maximize resources,” said Steve Spinell, principal at Kinzie Builders. “His ability to synthesize complex projects and streamline schedules, operations and budgets, has been a huge contributing factor in our success with some of our biggest projects to date.”
At Kinzie Builders, Shepard has played an instrumental role in suburban Chicago developments like 444 Social, a 302-unit apartment development in Lincolnshire; Marq on Main, a 203-unit apartment building in Lisle; and 10 North Main, a suburban transit-oriented development in Mount Prospect. He began his career at Kinzie as an assistant project manager and was most recently a pre-development services manager, focusing on the pre-construction phase of Kinzie projects.
“Kinzie has been on an outstanding growth trajectory in its nine-year history, and I’m proud to have been a part of the many projects that have positioned us as a reliable, go-to general contractor that clients and subcontractors can trust,” said Shepard. “I’m really looking forward to undertaking a bigger role at Kinzie in helping our organization maintain our high standards and build our reputation in the industry.”
Shepard has a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio University and holds certifications in LEED.
Since launching in 2011, Kinzie Builders has grown significantly, completing more than $500 million in construction activity throughout Chicago and its suburbs. The firm’s project portfolio spans multiple sectors, including for-sale townhomes, rental townhomes, large-scale apartment communities and senior living communities.