The strength of any good organization is the people involved. SMC is proud of the talented, experienced team of project specialists helping to make each SMC project successful. The following is a listing of our current team members.


Justin Abney – Assistant Project Manager
Justin Abney joined the Shales McNutt team in 2016, and brought nearly 10 years of experience in telecommunication design and construction with him. Beginning with structural surveys, Justin worked in the field to bring critical information to engineers helping ensure the work to be completed safely and according to plan. Justin’s experience carried over to the oversight and management of various projects located throughout the Midwest. Looking to apply his skillset in the broader construction industry, he was given the opportunity to contribute at Shales McNutt Construction. Justin is a devoted member of his church, and frequently volunteers as a youth leader. He is committed to meeting clients’ expectations, and helping them obtain their goals.


Darlene Barrer Contract Administrator
Darlene Barrer has worked on the administrative side of the construction industry for 23 years. She works closely with project managers and accounting personnel to, among many other things: assist in developing bid packages, coordinate the distribution of bid documents, assist at bid lettings, ensure that contracts are properly executed, obtain certificates of insurance for all parties, check that appropriate co-insured’s are named, make sure waivers of lien are obtained from all relevant parties, establish that subcontractors and suppliers are paid the proper amounts, develop change orders and do whatever else it takes to manage all the contractual relationships on large construction projects. She is very knowledgeable in her area of expertise, and her speed and efficiency always amaze those who work with her. Darlene is a long-time Elgin, IL resident and has been involved in many civic and youth sports organizations through the years, in addition to her involvement with St. Mary’s Church.

Nicole Frohling – Project Management Assistant


Mike Glover – Superintendent
Mike has a total of 13 years experience in the construction industry, eight of which have been at a supervisory level. He is a carpenter by trade with a wide range of skills including custom wood and steel stud framing, acoustical ceilings, doors/hardware, finish trim-working and fabricating complicated layouts. Mike graduated from his apprenticeship program with a number one ranking and applies this commitment to excellence to every project he undertakes. Mike has been a part of SMC for six years and brings great pride and dedication to each job. His attention to detail, determination to remain on schedule and to meet deadlines, quality of work, and problem solving skills has earned him excellent rapport with clients and makes him a great addition to the SMC team.


Steve Hendrickson – Project Executive
Steve joined the Shales McNutt team in 2003 after 23 years of diverse commercial construction experience. Prior to coming onboard with Shales McNutt, Steve held project manager and superintendent positions at other large commercial contractors in the Chicago area. Highlights in Steve’s career include building a $27 million CTA station and pedestrian walkway at Midway Airport; constructing several commercial and educational projects; and his position as project manager for Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL where he was involved in over $85 million in projects. Steve’s strengths include project scheduling and estimating as well as team building for the various projects he has been associated with. Steve’s knowledge and drive for success benefit the entire Shales McNutt team. Steve is a member of American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and has earned a healthcare construction certificate.


George Keenan Senior Superintendent
George Keenan came to SMC early in 2003 after an eighteen year career with another highly reputable contracting firm. He has spent most of his professional years working at the superintendent level. George is very experienced in many facets of construction, especially with projects requiring a higher level of finish. He is a carpenter by trade and has earned a reputation in the industry as a problem solver and a team player. Customers have been very satisfied with his work and are always eager to work with him again. In fact, a past client coined the phrase, “WWGD: What Would George Do?” It is this type of confidence customers find in George and his work that makes George an asset to Shales McNutt Construction and every job he is a part of.

Jim Kuhn Superintendent
Jim Kuhn is a carpenter by trade who has worked his way up from an apprentice to a project superintendent and has over 20 years of experience in construction. The majority of work he has completed has been performed in and around occupied facilities from hospitals to schools. His drive to get projects done on time while still achieving a high degree of quality has earned him a great deal of respect from customers and trade contractors. Jim’s enthusiasm for his work becomes a contagious, positive force on his job sites. He is very detail oriented and a great communicator with clients as well as contractors.

Will Schmidt – Superintendent
Will Schmidt is a carpenter by trade. Since 2000, Will has worked his way up from an apprentice to a superintendent. He has brought leadership to many types of projects: library renovations, new commercial kitchens, school facilities, and healthcare projects. Will has a wealth of experience working safely and responsibly in occupied spaces. He brings a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to his projects while building a team effort among the trades. Will’s ability to problem solve along with his excellent communication skills builds respect and strong relationships with architects and owners.


William R. Wilson, S.E., LEED® AP – Senior Project Manager
William Wilson, a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of Illinois. He joined the SMC team in October 2007 bringing with him 26 years of construction experience. William spent his first 11 years working on the design side of the industry, while the last 15 years have been spent in construction and has a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois. William has had hands-on experience in the construction of a wide variety of buildings types and structures including; high-rises, commercial/industrial buildings, K-12 and higher education facilities,
residential, retail/banking facilities, senior living and government buildings. William is very involved in his community and extends himself as a School Board Member for Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and is a member of FVAGC Safety Committee.


Mark Zipoy Senior Superintendent
Mark joined SMC in August of 2002 and has over twenty-eight years of construction experience, twenty of which have been at a supervisory level. He is a carpenter by trade with extensive finish carpentry skills honed while building high-end single and multifamily residential units early in his career. For the past twenty years he has been a superintendent on commercial and industrial projects. His drive to get projects done on time while still achieving a high degree of quality has earned him a great deal of respect from customers and subcontractors. Mark’s enthusiasm for his work becomes a contagious, positive force on his job sites.