Jacob S. Goldberg founded Goldberg General Contracting in 1987. Performing dual roles at the company, he serves as president, managing day-to-day operations; and as senior project manager, actively overseeing many of the firm’s notable projects. He is also quite skilled at new business development.
Goldberg has established a strong reputation for his collaborative approach in working with design teams. He has multiple longstanding business contacts with leading architects and interior designers throughout Chicago. With his dedicated commitment to clients, he has also built many lasting relationships and a strong referral network.
From renovations and new construction to light commercial and high-end residential projects, Goldberg has never waned from a focus on quality and attention to detail. His goal has always been to deliver personal service and enduring craftsmanship. Continually developing his entrepreneurial operation, he trains his employees firsthand, emphasizes their skill development, and has in-kind established a loyal staff. Looking toward the future, Goldberg continues to refine his operation and challenge his tradesman to deliver exceptional service.
Through the years, Jake has earned multiple awards. Most prominently, he received the prestigious honor as the “National Custom Builder of the Year” by Custom Home magazine. Additionally, projects built under his direction have earned more than 15 awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The firm was also honored with a Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Award from Landmarks Illinois. Lastly, many of the firm’s projects have been featured in both national and local media outlets, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Currently, Jake serves on the emeritus board of directors of Landmarks Illinois, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the state’s architectural and historic heritage. Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees for the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country, which also has a historic house museum. Previously, he served on an advisory council to the City of Chicago building department under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Having great respect for the architectural legacy of Chicago, Goldberg endeavors to further that legacy by helping to preserve historic buildings. Additionally, with GGC he strives to build new distinctive architecture in the city.
Raised in an entrepreneurial household by a successful interior designer, (Cynthia E. Goldberg Interior Design), and an accomplished architect, (Seymour G. Goldberg & Associates), it is clear where Goldberg acquired his passionate understanding of design aesthetics. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he earned Bachelor of Science in both Finance and Economics.
Jeffery Berry has been a vice president, and a partner at Goldberg General Contracting, since 1995. As a third generation Chicagoan and a graduate of the University of Michigan, he has long been actively involved in the development of this city. He began his career in commercial real estate at L.R. Development Co. There he sharpened his construction management skills renovating several historically significant buildings in the city.
Serving as a full-time senior project manager, he has developed a reputation for on-time delivery, great workmanship and a high-level of client service. He is particularly skilled as the firm’s lead project estimator.
Projects built under Berry’s direction have earned several prestigious awards. Recently, he adapted a historic 19th Century commercial dairy into a 10,000 sq. ft. single-family residence in Lincoln Park. This remarkable renovation was honored with an award by the American Institute of Architects, AIA. Additionally, with its historic façade, modern interior and private courtyard, the project was selected by Custom Home magazine as “National Custom Home of the Year”. On another recent project, Berry adapted a three-flat apartment building into a single-family home in Lincoln Park. The project earned an Acanthus Award, the highest design award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, ICAA. Additionally, in the Ravenswood neighborhood, he built one of the nation’s first net-zero energy single family homes. At the time of completion, the project was awarded the highest rated LEED platinum status in the county for its energy efficiency and sustainable technology.
With a great depth of experience in high-end construction, Berry offers an insightful and strategic approach to project management. As an active partner of the firm, Berry has helped guide the growth and direction of the company. He has played an integral role in securing new business and strengthening existing client relationships, contributing to the success of the company for nearly thirty years.
Keith Dinehart is a vice president at Goldberg General Contracting, Inc. He has been with the firm since 2007. Dinehart is responsible for leading the firm’s marketing and business development efforts. In addition, he is also involved in project management, and estimating.
Since joining the firm, Dinehart has concentrated on building the company’s brand. Specifically, efforts have been made to further the firm’s recognition within the architecture and interior design communities of Chicago. Emphasis has been on opening new relationships in the marketplace. Drawing attention to the company’s expertise at building modern, high-end, custom designs has been the focus.
Dinehart is skilled in gaining media attention to the company. A regular flow of media placements has been foundational to GGC’s success during the last fifteen years. He is adept at getting attention to GGC’s portfolio, which has resulted in several national stories. Projects have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, PBS, Architectural Record, and in multiple trade and local media outlets. Conveying the firm’s expertise with social media has also been launched. In addition, Dinehart also manages the tone and direction of the company’s advertising.
Dinehart also serves as a project manager and estimator. As project manager, he has led the renovation of several commercial offices, showrooms, and historic residential projects. As an estimator, Dinehart has budgeted proposals for multiple projects at the firm.
Dinehart earned Bachelor of Science in both Speech Communications, and Public Relations, from Illinois State University.
Jim True is the newest member to join the senior leadership team at Goldberg General Contracting. Skilled as a residential architect, True brings a depth of knowledge in designing luxury single-family properties. He is quite adept at synthesizing the many consultants, fabricators, and subcontractors required to build distinctive architecture. He is known for his command of the details required to build modern designs.
For nearly twenty years he served as a project architect, and on-site project manager, at Gluck+, leading their Chicago work. Based in New York City, Gluck+ is an architect-led design-build firm focused on design, construction, and development of progressive architecture.
True was recently honored by the American Institute of Architects, (AIA), for the design and construction for a home on the shore of Lake Michigan. The modern design residence nests into a forty-foot bluff with extensive green roofs and a contoured façade that aligns with the shoreline. The project featured a complex fenestration design to maximize energy performance while affording maximum views of the natural surroundings. On another custom project, True built a 28,000 sq. ft. ultra-modern residence in Winnetka. The residence featured a sublime curtain wall cladding and fenestration design supported by a ‘floating’ structural frame. The dynamic program concealed a subterranean fitness center with basketball court, pool, spa, and walkout access to a private beach. The lakefront estate included a roof-top garden accessory structure and boat house.
True started his career as a project architect at David Woodhouse Architects, and Brininstool + Lynch Ltd., both in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University.
For nearly four decades Scott Nobuyama has been a practicing licensed architect with a focus on modern design. As the principal of a full - service architectural firm, Scott Nobuyama Associates, he has developed a detailed approach for designing custom residential and commercial projects. He has depth of experience at managing project budgets, site analysis, architectural design, working drawings, construction cost estimating, contract or negotiations, and construction administration. He is also knowledgeable in Code analysis, building systems, and construction technology. Prior to opening his own firm, Nobuyama worked as a project architect at A.S. Takeuchi & Associates, Carow Architect s Planners, and Fujikawa Johnson and Associates, all located in Chicago. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.
Henry Bednar is one of the most seasoned builders on the management team at Goldberg General Contracting. For fifteen years he has been managing some of the GGC’s most distinctive residential projects. He has invaluable experience in the preferred means and methods of building modern designs. Bednar has a talent for interpreting blueprints and visualizing details, and a nuanced skill for timing, specifically the sequencing of material acquisition in alignment with project schedule. With a calm demeanor he is well suited for the inevitable challenges that arise during the construction process. Fluent in multiple languages, Bednar has a deft approach in managing subcontractors and collaborating with design teams. He is known to instill trust and confidence. Bednar was born and raised near the city of Brno, in the Czech Republic.
Christopher Murphy is a project manager at Goldberg General Contracting. He has a passion for building, and an astute understanding of construction technology. Murphy has helped to further modernize some of the firm’s processes and facilitate information flow across multiple projects. Additionally, he is well regarded for his administrative management and adept customer service skills. He started with GGC in 2020 after five years as the associate director of construction at Omni Ecosystems, a living infrastructure company with both landscape architecture and construction disciplines. Murphy is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management.
Ross Heilbrunn is a recent addition to the management team at Goldberg General Contracting. He brings more than ten years of construction experience in healthcare, institutional, residential, hospitality, and specialty building projects. Prior to GGC, he was a project manager for Mid-States Glass and Metal, Inc., a commercial glazing contractor specializing in curtain wall fenestration systems. Heilbrunn honed his collaborative management abilities working with union installers on various multi-million-dollar projects. His meticulous management style dovetails nicely into the demands of GGC’s high-end residential projects. Heilbrunn attended North Park University.
Daniel Jovanovic is one of the newest team members at Goldberg General Contracting. He joined the firm after working nearly a decade in custom residential construction. Jovanovic is quite adept at the administrative skills required to run a project. Previously, he worked at Tip Top Builders Inc., a specialty residential contractor in Skokie, and at Alair Homes a residential builder focused on new construction in Phoenix, AZ. Starting as a tradesman he has developed his skills from carpenter to site superintendent. A builder at heart, Jovanovic enjoys the hard work and creative dynamics of construction.
Loyda Castanon has served as office manager at Goldberg General Contracting for more than fifteen years. She has an expertise in project financing, which has played an integral part in managing the growth of the company. Handling cashflow and scheduling payouts is a vital part of her role. Her exuberant management style is only outmatched by her enthusiasm for managerial and project accounting. As office manager, Castanon is also responsible for fostering business relationships with insurance brokers, attorneys, accounting firms, and lending institutions. She has spent her entire career in the construction industry. Prior to joining GGC, she previously served as office manager at a leading concrete construction company in Chicago. Castanon earned a Master of Accounting from DeVry University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Saint Xavier University, both in Chicago.
Ileana Payne has been an asset to Goldberg General Contracting since joining the firm. Her organizational and administrative skills, paired with her friendly and calm demeanor, have elevated the productivity of the accounting department. Payne heads up Project Accounting for various large and medium size building projects from start to finish; this includes assembling contracts, budget spreadsheets, subcontractor agreements, change orders, project payouts, invoicing and statements including title company document administration. Working her entire career in custom residential construction, Payne brings depth of knowledge in project accounting. She has shared insights from her twenty-five years of experience as the former office manager for the general contractor Harold O. Schulz Co. in Evanston. A native of metro NYC, Payne is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany.
Margie Hernandez has been assisting in the administration of the offices of Goldberg General Contracting for twenty-five years. She is well known for her positive energy, and resourcefulness in helping to manage the administrative workflow at GGC. Her organizational skills have been key to the firm’s success. Hernandez responsibilities include interfacing with the public through phone and email, home office building operations, payroll processing, shipping, and receiving, staff scheduling, and field support. Throughout the growth of the company, Hernandez has been a mainstay of continuity across the decades.
Victor Aguirre is the shop manager at Goldberg General Contracting. Aguirre is responsible for overseeing the firm’s warehouse, delivery vehicles, and fabrication shop. He keeps jobsites professionally run by managing equipment mobilization, general conditions, and site maintenance throughout the building process. Collaborating with site managers, he provides a pivotal role in supplying materials to the field as needed. In addition, he is the firm’s in-house welder with a talent for custom fabricating aluminum and light steel. The craftsmanship of Aguirre’s metal work is often integral to the final finish details on projects. His command of mechanical and engineering skills has proven vital to the firm’s success.