March 2018

FASHIONABLY LATE | I hope you didn't think we forgot about you!  Because we sure didn't!  We have a pretty important announcement to make though....wait for you ready?!  Director of Business Development, Rowena 'ro' Dziubla has decided to return to construction and make some some cool stuff happen. When asked what prompted this decision, her response was "There's just too much going on for me to not ride this wave out in our industry!  I cannot imagine what it would be like to never open a set of plans again for the rest of my would break my heart."  

Ro, we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge, expertise and sense of humor with us over the last 6 months.  You will not be forgotten and you will surely be missed!

NETWORKING | With Ro moving on to her new endeavors, our very own Abbey Taylor has found herself stepping up to the plate.  Abbey may be relatively new to the AEC industry but she has been knocking it out of the ballpark with all her hard work which really shortened that learning curve.  She's even a recent momma-to-be!  Congratulations Abbey! Oh...and Daddy Dan <3

Just this week, Abbey attended her first SMPS luncheon at Petterino's to listen to Matt Connor speak.  Matt has been in Marketing for the AEC industry for over 22 years and is a national speaker coach and mentor who recently became an Infinite Possibilities Trainer.  He spoke about the antidote for burnout in the AEC marketing industry.  The focus was the ideas, resources, tips, and actions that we can utilize to prevent or stop burnout.  Before and after Matt spoke, she was able to mingle and do a bit of networking.  

"I met several Marketing Directors as well as Architects in the industry, and look forward to seeing familiar faces at upcoming SMPS events!  This was my first SMPS event, and it was such a pleasure representing Talent Hitch.  I hope to do a lot more networking, and attend the monthly luncheons to hear from these different speakers.  In April, Jackie Loewe will discuss how it is possible to have everyone in your firm talking up the latest project success and relaying what it feels like to be a member of an organization where people care about their clients and each other.  Very exciting!

Yeah girl.  YOU GOT THIS. Next event you attend, you keep your eye out for this redhead!  I will forewarn you though, her smile is contagious and you can't say no to those smiling eyes of hers!

YOUR BUSINESS IS OUR BUSINESS | Everything about your business is important to us here at Talent Hitch when we are talking to prospective candidates.  We pay extra special attention to your needs but also the candidate's needs for culture, mentorship and room for advancement.  We are currently working with a variety of clients in various verticals.  Our candidate pool has grown from the standard PE, APM, PM roles to mechanical service technicians, concrete cutting dispatchers, building wire sales, schedulers, BIM coordination, you name it.  

We gotchoo!  Promise.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | responsibility is actually all up to us all, as individuals and companies.  Up to us to keep up to date with what impacts to our job market, our quality of life and our future.  On Wednesday, 3/21 we attended CBC's Luncheon at the Union League Club of Chicago to get our fill of "New Tax Laws & How They Affect the Construction Industry, Your Business and Your Paycheck."  Topics included company planning, executive compensation and estate planning.  2018 is going to be a tremendous year for all of us and it's important that appreciation is shared throughout all levels of our industry.  Never forget about the little people! People!

NEW DIVISIONS | Right now what's hot for clients and candidates is glazing.  Have you seen all the cranes?! GOOD LAWD!  Then we have drywall, electrical and mechanical.  So good that instead of a division, we're gonna have a whole department!  Stay tuned for upcoming developments!

URBAN DEVELOPMENT |  Whata deal!  Check these out...

SVN Chicago Commercial

John McDermott and Aidan Bowe represented the buyer in the $1.4M acquisition of a 23K SF industrial building at 1958 University Lane in Lisle.

John Hancko represented the seller in the $975K sale of a 10K SF retail building at 915 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.

Brown Commercial Group

A 66K SF building at 1340-1400 Higgins Road in Elk Grove Village was sold by Northern Glass, which signed a long-term lease for 30K SF within the building.

A 51K SF building at 1425-1455 Tonne Road in Elk Grove Village was sold by a private investor.

A 24K SF building at 300-388 Arrowhead Drive in Gilberts was sold by a private investor.

First Western Properties

Paul Tsakiris represented both parties in the sale of a 1,400 SF retail condominium at 1931 South State St. in the South Loop.


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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER | Talent Hitch is excited to announce our partnership with the 100% Digital Total Personal Development Platform.   The Total Personal Development Platform is designed for busy people like us who are excited to take 10-12 minutes a day to develop as professionals - whether in sales, leadership, conflict resolution, goal setting or time management, the TPD Platform is here to make a difference!

Our Professional Development Specialist, Daniel Rodgers is spearheading the offering of this Platform to our clients and candidates. It's time to set yourself apart from all others in the industry!  

Along this line of thought, the 1st step of the 12 step process is admission right?  Well here it is - pudding AND proof right from some heavy hitters at Leopardo, McShane Construction and Pepper Construction to name a few.

Embrace technology in the construction industry says these guys ...

Faegre Baker Daniels principal Patrick Miller, Leopardo Cos. Vice President of Safety Ralph Barszcz, Skender Chief Technology Officer Kevin Bredeson, McShane Construction Executive Vice President Mat Dougherty and Pepper Construction Vice President, Integrated Construction Solutions Jake Pepper

Faegre Baker Daniels principal Patrick Miller, Leopardo Cos. Vice President of Safety Ralph Barszcz, Skender Chief Technology Officer Kevin Bredeson, McShane Construction Executive Vice President Mat Dougherty and Pepper Construction Vice President, Integrated Construction Solutions Jake Pepper

THIS JUST IN ... HOT OFF THE PRESS | Talent hitch is honored to announce our sponsorship of American Flat Track motorcycle racer, #17 Henry Wiles.  Henry has won the Peoria TT 13 years in a row on both twins and single cylinder motorcycles.  Henry has been top ten in the AFT Twins points standings for the past 8 years and Henry is a two time Singles class National Champion.  Henry is one of the best TT riders in history.  

He raced his Kawasaki “Willy built” Kawasaki 650 twin along with his new Indian FTR750 backed by Willy Built, Bandit Industries, Mad Dog Racing, Wilson Industries, Wilco Racing, Lakeside Motorsports, J&m Logging, J&J Racing, Talent Hitch, Web Camshafts, Bell Helmets, Tim Trowbridge & Son Homebuilders, Nick Nazzisi, , Security Screen Masters, JE Pistons, and New Era Caps.  

Henry was a very accomplished High School Wrestler, he is a Father, and he spends his winters working with a Hardwood Select Timber Management company while also Ice racing where he has also been a National Champion.   We know the hard work Henry personally puts into his racing program and we are excited for Talent Hitch to join Henry Wiles #17 for the 2018 American Flat Track Twins season.  

Yesterday was the season opener of the American Flat Track series in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Henry raced live yesterday and then tonight on  The race will be broadcasted by NBCsn next Sunday 3/25 at 2pm EST.  The full NBCsn schedule can be viewed at