Skender advances five operations team members to senior positions

Chicago-based Skender announced five key leaders have been promoted. Clay Edwards was promoted to executive vice president and partner, Andy Halik to project executive, Ashlee Pforr to project executive, Rob Shilney to senior project manager and Al McReynolds to senior superintendent.

“Each of these individuals embodies Skender’s core values of building proactive and positive partnerships with all clients,” said Mark Skender, CEO. “As we begin 2020 with bright prospects, Clay, Andy, Ashlee, Rob and Al will certainly contribute to our continued success.”

Since joining Skender in 2006, Edwards has managed millions of square feet of interior tenant improvement (TI) projects throughout Chicago. A client-centric and results-oriented leader, Edwards is the head of Skender’s tenant improvement market and founder of the firm’s construction technology and self perform groups. As an industry thought leader, Edwards is frequently cited in commercial real estate news media outlets regarding tenant improvement interior construction topics and is often a featured speaker and writer on related trends. He holds a bachelor of science in construction engineering from Purdue University.

Halik joined the firm in 2011 and has led numerous interior construction teams on transformational buildouts in Fulton Market, Merchandise Mart and the Old Post Office. These include Google, Conagra Brands, Walgreens and others. Halik is recognized for fostering long-term client relationships in multiple market sectors. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Since joining the firm in 2010, Pforr has overseen numerous interior construction teams on award-winning buildouts, including HERE Technologies, Bank of America, SRAM, Echo Global Logistics,, Hinshaw & Culbertson and others. Pforr is recognized for her mentorship and talent development. She earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Iowa State University.

Shilney has been with Skender since 2014 and in that time has led on numerous buildouts for global clients in the technology sector, including Facebook, Glassdoor, Dentons, Morgan Stanley and others. He earned a bachelor of science in technical resource management and construction management from Southern Illinois University.

McReynolds brought his more than 20 years of industry experience to Skender beginning in 2015. He has been an asset in ensuring the success of the firm’s field operations at Northwestern Medicine. He has served as superintendent for numerous high-profile buildouts at Northwestern Medicine and will continue to help lead Skender’s healthcare field operations teams.