A Passion for Building

That's the spirit of leadership at Power.

Power leaders take an active role in every project, working side-by-side in the field and the office. This hands-on leadership enables people to learn faster, empowers team members and promotes collaboration.  And it provides clients real-time assurance that their project will be successful from start to finish.  

Plus, with roots deep in the Chicago community and a passion for building what matters, our leaders have grown up, so to speak, in the Power Way.  We believe it is this tradition of growing from within that ensures our company's stability, strength, and ability to thrive in the years ahead.

“Like many people who have come to Power, I came because of the company’s reputation for outstanding performance, its local focus, and its small company feel.  I want us to never lose that sense of being a family.” 

Terry Graber, President and CEO


Dave Anderskow

Senior Vice President and CFO

Pete Bartels

Vice President

Dwight Blake

Senior Vice President

Shahara Byford

Vice President

Pat Donley

Vice President

Patrick Duggan

Vice President

Bob Gallo

Executive Vice President

Jeff Geier

Executive Vice President

Chris Goray

Vice President

Al Gorman


Jon Gorman

Senior Vice President

Terry Graber

President and CEO

Ken Gorman

Senior Vice President

Seth Gudeman

Vice President of Field Operations

Jamie Hendricks

Vice President

Gary Schreiber

Vice President

Bob Van Deven

Vice President
Shahara Byford
Vice President x

Volunteering Her Time

1st construction job: My first job in construction was exciting!  I was a PE for a large Chicago GC and I was sent to the roof of the Art Institute to look at Air Handling Units in my first week on the job.  What a great introduction to the construction world....and a great view of the city too!  

Words of wisdom for a new person:  During my time playing softball at Purdue we were always reminded to "Go for it"….It was great advice that you can use in any aspect of life.  To reference a softball saying: "You can never steal second with your foot on first".

Biggest lesson learned and why:  If you work hard, treat people with respect and have a positive attitude, you will go a long way in life….oh, and make sure you have a lot of fun along the way!

Why did you choose Power:  Power has always been a strong, well respected general contractor in Chicago.  I was often curious how Power was continuously able to be competitive and repeatedly win the big projects.  Now that I am fortunate enough to be a part of the Power family, I know….it is all about the people! 

Favorite sports team:  Chicago Baseball!  We have 2 dogs: one named Wrigley and one named Comiskey….please don't make me choose!

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