Anthony Blum, Principal
As a Principal of Tower Contracting, LLC, Anthony is responsible to ensure that the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to clientele and company employees. With a wide base of experience in the construction industry, he effectively manages both the financial and human resources of the organization according to current laws and regulations. Anthony is also responsible for the marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
As the executive steward of the company’s financial, physical and human resources, Anthony is responsible for the organization of the company and appointment of senior managers. Anthony spends his spare time golfing, boating and cooking with friends and his wife Danielle, two daughters, and his dog Ghost . He is also active with charitable organizations such as, donating and supporting the Crisis Center of South Suburbia and CASA of Will County.
Philip Blum, Principal
As a principal of Tower Contracting, Philip is responsible for identifying, establishing and maintaining client relationships and industry contacts. He works with customers, organizations and municipalities to strengthen business ties and keep ahead of business trends. He also leads the proposal team, develops pricing structure, and works with the contracting team on all aspects of client and organization agreements.
As a piece of Tower’s founding team, Philip continues to build our reputation as a company focused on construction excellence. When he is not in the office, he can be found on the golf course, enjoying lake life, or enjoying life with his wife Ashley, his son Madden and his Boston terrier, Mason.
Michael Jarigese, President/Business Development
Michael conveys the corporate vision of Tower Contracting created by the two Principals of the firm. Michael oversees all marketing and business development services at Tower. He actively builds relationships through networking and ties with the Frankfort, Markham and Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce. Michael is also the Corporate Safety Officer.
Michael is also an active member of the Southland Chamber of Commerce, Markham Chamber of Commerce, The American Welding Society- Licensed CWI, Southland Mayors and Managers Association, and the Society of Causality Safety Engineers. He sits on the Board of Directors for Roseland Community Hospital Foundation, Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, Harvey School District 152 Foundation, and Silver Cross Hospital Foundation. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Debbie, with 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Brian M. Jarigese, Director of Operations
Brian has over 15 years of management experience, and leads both the Project Management and Construction of management teams for public and private sector projects. This includes leading the project teams inclusive of Accounting, Estimating, Administration, Architectural/Engineering and LEED consultation services. Brian has an extensive background in Green Construction Management, including the successful completion of both LEED certified and Green Globe construction projects. He has worked with a wide spectrum of project types, including Industrial, Commercial, Educational, Research/Development, Civil, Wastewater, Water and Healthcare Construction. In his spare time, you can find Brian playing golf, tennis or enjoying time with his wife Meredith and their three children.
Robert Berg, Director of Pre-Construction
As an alumni of the construction field, Robert brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to all of our projects that permeates every detail of the pre-construction process. Robert has experience in a wide variety of construction projects, including retail, hospitality, educational, corporate, institutional, municipal, correctional and healthcare. He manages cost estimations and competitive bids for public and private sector customers, develops new business and oversees marketing programs to better serve our clients. He focuses on continually delivering a smooth project flow and excellent service to our clients.
As the Director of Pre-Construction, Robert assigns and controls flow of new bidding opportunities, and determines bid dates, length of job, specifications and all aspects of the project prior to completing the bid. He also develops relationships with customers prior to the bid process, clarifies scope and other elements. Robert reviews all pricing of change requests, and revisions to assigned jobs. When not in the office, he can be found golfing, hunting, and cooking. Robert also enjoys spending time with his wife Marie, his two sons and two grandsons.
Colleen Mora, Director of Finance and Administration
With over 25 years of experience, Colleen manages all accountants, comptroller and contract administrators. She also oversees their work in the general-ledger groups as well project and shared-services accounting. Colleen interprets Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ensures that Tower Contracting’s accounting is handled according to these standards.
In her spare time, Colleen is devoted to running half marathons and bicycling to raise money for charities. She sits on the Board of Directors for both the Crisis Center of South Suburbia and CASA of Will County. She bikes over 100 miles each for American Diabetes and for MS every year. She is married to her husband Ted. They have a 17 year old daughter, two Australian Shepherds, Raider and Scooter, and a bird named Cheeto.
“Tower Contracting, LLC is a valued client of Assurance Agency, Ltd. Bonds for Tower Contracting, LLC are written through Great American Insurance Company, located at 301 E. 4th. St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 which is rated A (Excellent), Class XIII by A.M. Best and is listed in the Federal Register.”
“Great American Insurance Company has been providing Surety support to Tower Contracting, LLC since 2011. Tower Contracting, LLC has been absent of claims on bid, performance and payment bonds that have been executed on behalf of Great American Insurance Company in the past several years. Great American Insurance Company has the utmost confidence in the management of Tower Contracting, LLC and its financial strength to support endeavors”
Assurance Agency, Ltd.
“Over the last 10 years, we have the opportunity to work with several general contractors from the Chicago area. All too often, this has proven to be a challenging experience. Our construction experience with Tower Contracting, LLC, at Roseland Hospital has been most satisfying. From the quality of their workmanship, to their attention to detail, and their ability to meet extraordinary deadlines, Tower Contracting, LLC has met or exceeded our expectations. A very important highlight about Tower is their ability to work with local minority businesses and residents through their established community outreach program which was very important to RCH and of course to our surrounding residents. We here at Roseland Community Hospital highly recommend Tower Contracting, LLC.”
Chief Executive Officer
“The Quality of your work and your customer service is among the best that we have worked with, and the personal pride that you have definitely shows in your work! “
Michael E. Hastings
Member, Board of Education
“It was a pleasure to work directly with Tower Contracting, LLC over the course of the past year (August 2012-August 2013). This general construction project a complex coordination effort between three separate contractors-all working together to provide a major mechanical renovation to an existing 100 year old three story high school.”
“The project also had an extremely tight summer construction schedule. Tower was more than willing to work with the school to complete a large portion of the “behind the scenes” work during the school year. This second shift effort ultimately allowed the project to come in on schedule and on budget”
“Throughout the project, Tower was very responsive and was always the first to provide coordination amongst the three contractors on site. The field superintendent was extremely helpful in presenting and executing solutions to on-site conflicts do to existing conditions.”
“If given the opportunity, I would be happy to work with Tower Contracting, LLC again in the future.”
Thomas R. Szurgot
TRIA Architecture, INC.
“We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Tower Contracting for the professionalism and excellence that we have experienced working with you. Everyone has been complimentary about the construction projects that you have completed at the library.”
“It is a privilege to have such a quality company that we can call on right here in the City of Markham. We have experienced that your projects are done cost-effectively and in a timely manner. We are very appreciative to your Team for their diligence and hard work on our behalf.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks for the outstanding job Tower Contracting, LLC performed on the construction of the Glenwoodie Club House and Banquet Facility. We were impressed from the very beginning with the ability of the design team to transfer our vision to paper and complete the project.”
“During these difficult economic times we also appreciated that Tower was very receptive to using locally owned and operated businesses for a significant portion of the work.”
“If the opportunity arises to recommend your firm, please feel free to have any potential clients call on my office to either provide walking tours or speak on your behalf.”
Mayor Kerry Durkin
Village of Glenwood
“The City of Markham respects the construction vision that Tower Contracting, LLC adheres to. Tower Contracting, LLC is adamant about hiring local subcontractors and trade personnel to work along with them on their construction sites. They also procure construction materials from local businesses.”
“The City of Markham is very pleased with all of the work that Tower Contracting, LLC has done in our City; therefore we highly recommend their business to do any construction management /Design Build of commercial projects.”
David Webb Jr.
Mayor, City of Markham