People

We believe our greatest asset is our people. Our experienced team comes from strong backgrounds in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, and have worked as Owners, Contractors and Subcontractors, allowing us to have a 360 degree view of our field.

Our Senior Staff averages in excess of 25 years of experience, and have worked for some of the largest Construction Service Providers in the country. We have honed our leadership and construction skills, and have developed our team with a strong background in this area.






Aash Desai

Principal, Founder

Aash founded Helios Construction Services in 2008 with the vision to transform the inefficient construction process, Aash has over 15 years of experience in the Real Estate and Construction industry, having worked as a Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager for a Large Global Construction Management Firm, as well as the Vice President of Development for a National Real Estate Development firm.

Aash actively manages the overall business strategy and project direction for Helios. Aash’s experience with a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, private developers, start-up businesses and Institutions allows him to serve as both a construction manager, as well as adviser for our Clients.  

Aash earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction at Bradley University as well as an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

In addition, Aash has served as a Mentor and on the Associate Board of Directors for the ACE Mentoring Program of Illinois, which promotes careers in architecture, construction and engineering to inner-city high school students, where he was honored with its inaugural Educational Leader award. Aash’s involvement in the local community coupled with his professional achievements has been recognized by Engineering News Record’s Top 20 Professionals Under 40.


Shane Potter

Director of Operations

Shane is the Director of Operations at Helios Construction Services. Shane provides overall project leadership and management for a wide variety of project types, including medical, retail, office and mixed use. Shane has over ten years of commercial construction experience in Chicago, Having been involved in the management of over $500M in completed construction projects and having provided preconstruction services for several other high profile projects. Shane's satisfied client base includes several of Chicago's premier health care organizations, private developers and owners of hospitality, higher education, corporate office and retail facilities.

Prior to joining Helios Construction Services, Shane served as a Project Manager for one of Chicago's largest construction contractors, where his project leadership skills contributed to the company's success over his tenure. Shane is a LEED® Accredited Professional and has obtained his American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and OSHA 30-hour Certifications. Shane holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Dayton.

 


Mark Akers

Project Executive

Mark is a Project Executive with Helios Construction providing management and leadership for multiple project types from preconstruction through project completion. Since 1994, Mark has been meeting the needs of clients in the Midwest specializing in a variety of construction types including healthcare, office interiors, industrial, and laboratory projects. With over $750M in completed projects, Mark has developed the skills and experience in providing both preconstruction and construction management services to successfully partner with his clients and project teams.

Mark is known for bringing an entire project team together, and aligning everyone with the client’s needs in mind. Prior to joining Helios, Mark worked in operations and business development with a large general contractor in the Chicagoland area. Mark has received a Certified Healthcare Constructor Certificate from American Society for Healthcare Engineers, OSHA 30 Hour Certification, and AGC BIM Certification. He holds a BS in Building Construction Management from Purdue University and has previously served on the ACE Mentor Program board and Purdue University Building Construction Management Construction Advisory Council.


Tom Cichy

General Superintendent

Since joining the organization in 2010, Tom has been extremely instrumental in taking on some our most complex projects, while helping to convert many first-time clients into repeat clients. As a General Superintendent, Tom is involved in every project, serving as a mentor and a resource to all of our Superintendents and project team members. Tom’s extensive background in construction enables him to provide outstanding direction to subcontractors by coordinating plans, specifications and schedules in order to ensure quality and on-time completion of work. 

Prior to Helios, Tom had been an integral part of one the largest construction companies in Chicago where he served as a carpenter apprentice, journeyman, carpenter foreman and superintendent. Throughout his thirty-five year career in the construction industry, Tom has overseen and consistently delivered several projects of different sizes, scopes and budgets.


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John Bajek

Senior Superintendent

John is a Senior Superintendent with nearly thirty years of experience in the industry. Starting out as a carpenter apprentice and working his way to a project executive, John’s background gives insight to his qualification in managing projects. He has supervised high profile projects ranging from $11 million to $350 million dollars. John’s extensive knowledge in the field ensures the quality of work delivered with on-time completion. Prior to Helios, John played a key role at another general contractor, installing their flagship telepresence worldwide.


David Melchiorre

Superintendent

At Helios, David is responsible for providing direction to the subcontractors ensuring that they each complete their work in an efficient and precise manner.

Since earning an Industrial Technology degree from Illinois State University, David has accumulated an impressive array of skills throughout his career by managing charitable housing rehab projects and building committees.


Ed Greb

Superintendent

Ed began his career in the construction industry nearly twenty years ago when he served as a carpenter foreman at a nationally ranked commercial construction company. His experience includes a wide variety of construction trades.

In his superintendent role at Helios, Ed is responsible for scheduling subcontractors and ensuring that work is done correctly and efficiently.


Eric Rowe

Superintendent

Eric has over 15 years experience working as a laborer, carpenter, foreman and a superintendent on various sized jobs for subcontractors. His experience in the field gives him a first-hand understanding of the mechanics, requirements and demands to complete a project on-time and under-budget. In addition, Eric's 17 years of service in the United States Army has cultivated his leadership skills and his attention to detail. 


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John Barkauskas

Superintendent

John joined Helios in 2017 with over 23 years of experience in the construction industry working as an apprentice carpenter, journeyman, and Foreman. Prior to joining Helios, John worked as a General Foreman at a nationally recognized General Contractor.

As a Superintendent, John is responsible for the onsite supervision and coordination of all job site activity. His ability to prioritize and execute tasks ensures minimal production delays.


Martin Burke

Facilities Manager

Marty joined Helios is 2016 to help establish our service division. He is responsible for managing many construction and maintenance projects, ensuring that our clients needs are met for projects large and small, as well as providing maintenance services to ensure they look as good down the road as the day they are completed.

With over twenty five years of experience in the construction, operations, and maintenance industries, Marty has overseen various projects from $5 fan belt replacements to multi-million dollar masonry renovations.

Prior to joining Helios, Marty served as the Chief Engineer in the Operations Department of Chicago Public Schools.


Testimonial

During his time at Shields, Marty improved the overall condition of the school and the school’s infrastructure. Marty left Shields in better condition than when he first arrived. He did this for our students, staff and community.

Sue Rodriguez, Principal at Shields Elementary School

Kevin Neuendank

Construction Manager

Kevin is a Construction Manager at Helios Construction Services. Kevin is involved with all aspects of the project from bid to completion. He has worked on multiple projects from civil and capital improvements to building construction, playing key roles in each project. Kevin has extensive knowledge in waste water, bridge reconstruction, railroad, underground utilities and site concrete.

At Helios, he works within the office to help ensure document and cost control activities as well as in the field to oversee the project is completed with the highest standard. Kevin holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.


Jennifer Kotz

Senior Project Manager

Jenny, a Senior Project Manager, is responsible for the successful delivery of some of Helios’ most challenging projects. She specializes in high-level conceptual budgeting, design build, and project development and leads team members to facilitate concepts. One of Jenny’s greatest strengths is recognizing and cultivating the potential in others. At Helios, she mentors team members to create the next generation of leaders by providing direction and guidance on current projects.

With over fifteen years of experience in all facets of the construction industry, Jenny brings a variety of project experience to her clients. As a result, she has a strong history of repeat client relationships.

Jenny has a Bachelors of Science in Construction from Texas A&M University.  Prior to joining Helios, Jenny has held Project Manager and Office Engineer positions at construction firms in Texas and the Chicagoland area.


Caitie Galley

Project Manager

As a LEED® Green Associate accredited professional, Caitie is involved in all aspects of project management including submittals, scheduling, cost control and closeout processes.

Prior to joining Helios, Caitie earned her Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She began her career in construction as a Project Engineer for infrastructure and environmentally focused construction projects. She also held a position as a construction consultant and advised on hospitality, manufacturing, retail and commercial projects.


Austin Darrell

Project Manager

Austin facilitates the relationship between the client and our contractors to ensure successful project completion. He manages and coordinates submittal, cost control, scheduling, reporting, and document control activities. He has worked on a wide range of commercial and institutional projects including healthcare, public works, education, department of defense, retail and hospitality.

Austin thrives in a fast-paced environment and has an impressive ability to stay calm under the pressure that comes with most construction projects.

Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Bradley University as well as an Associate’s degree in Construction Technology from Morrison Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Helios, he worked as a Project Engineer at two National general contracting firms.


Peter Lutz

Project Manager

Peter, a LEED® Green Associate Accredited Professional, is involved in all aspects of project management including pre construction, value engineering, big award, submittals, cost control and closeout procedures. manages and coordinates submittal, cost control, scheduling, reporting and document control activities.

In addition to his role as Project Manager, Peter serves as a Commissioned Officer in the Illinois National Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Prior to joining Helios, Peter served as a Project Engineer and Assistant Project Manager for several multi-million dollar tenant interior buildouts on the North side of Chicago.


Scott Heguy

Project Manager

Scott, a LEED® Accredited Professional, assists in project management and construction supervision efforts, manages and coordinates submittal, cost control, scheduling, reporting and document control activities. His thoroughness and attention to detail ensures that all aspects of a job are completed with the highest quality.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Purdue University and began his career as a quality control manager for a general contractor working on military bases around the country. Prior to Helios, Scott was an assistant project manager at a construction firm that operated on both a national and local scale.


Kenya Tapia

Project Engineer

Kenya is involved in all aspects of project management, including scheduling, submittals, cost control, and site supervision efforts. With the ability to quickly adapt to ever-changing environments, Kenya ensures that each project runs smoothly and is completed with the utmost level of detail.

Kenya holds a degree from DePaul University in Business Administration as well as International Business and French. Prior to joining the team, Kenya worked as a Project Coordinator for a small General Contractor specializing in residential restoration and commercial cleaning services.


Nicholas Bobst

Project Engineer

Nicholas is a Project Engineer responsible for preconstruction and high-level budgeting work. He assists in project management and construction supervision efforts, manages and coordinates submittal, cost control, scheduling, reporting and document control activities.

Prior to joining Helios, he gained experience in municipal construction and urban planning at the Village of Lombard, Department of Public Works. Nicholas obtained his Civil & Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Iowa. In addition, he also earned a minor in Business Management and plans to pursue a graduate degree in that field.


Ashley Huie

Project Engineer

Ashley is responsible for pre construction budgeting and scheduling. She also assists with submittals, cost control, documentation, and project management.

Ashley graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture.  Prior to Helios, Ashley worked at Holly Hunt where she managed the custom design team.


Pat Sullivan

Project Engineer

As a Project Engineer, Pat performs a variety of tasks including coordinating job sites, working on submittals, budgeting, tracking meeting minutes, and exploring the latest industry related technologies. 

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Pat brings a background in design to the team. Prior to working for Helios, he gained experience in several product design related roles, but thrives in the excitement that construction brings.


Laura Lazzara

Office Manager

Laura handles all office operations including accounting, human resources, contract management and communications. She continuously contributes to the company standards of excellence. With her patience and diligence, she promotes a positive work environment.

As one of Helios’ first employees, Laura has been an integral part in establishing a strong foundation for the company’s ongoing growth and success. Laura’s impressive attention to detail and knowledge of the industry enables Helios Construction Services to operate efficiently and gracefully.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Helios, Laura worked for several large real estate companies in Chicago in marketing, operations and administrative roles.


Erica Koger

Executive Assistant

Skilled in senior-level executive support, Erica manages expenses, balances the teams schedules, and handles all marketing initiatives and event planning. As a design enthusiast, Erica integrates creativity in her contributions, presentations, problem solving and overall function in the office to ensure that management is fully aligned.

Prior to joining Helios, Erica worked as a marketing assistant for the top real estate team in Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from Valparaiso University and is currently completing a Master of Science focused in Marketing Management at DePaul University.

 


Natnaree Brandt

Project Assistant

Nat assists Project Managers and Project Engineers with various construction assignments. Nat’s strong attention to detail and high energy enables her to effectively communicate between subcontractors and the project team.

Nat earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in History from University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to Helios, she worked as an Office Manager for a large general contractor.


Caitlin Miller

Project Assistant

Caitlin assists the project team with various assignments including preparing and organizing monthly billings and contract documents. She is responsible for maintaining effective communication and ensuring that projects have the necessary resources and documentation.

Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University. Prior to Helios, she worked as a Payment Operations Specialist for Trunk Club in Chicago.


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