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Rick Mattioda - President

As president, Rick directs the company’s vice presidents and oversees all Leopardo operations, which spans two offices, hundreds of employees and job sites, as well as multiple service offerings and markets. His belief in a transparent business approach has helped Leopardo distinguish itself from the competition. In 2006, as a testament to Leopardo’s way of doing business, the Better Business Bureau recognized the firm with its coveted Torch Award for Ethics.

With more than 35 years of industry experience, including three decades with Leopardo, Rick is an enthusiastic proponent for continuous improvement and achievement. He is the driving force behind Leopardo’s long-standing Total Quality Management (TQM) initiative, which is aimed at cross-awareness and quality in all organizational processes. With Rick’s leadership, TQM provides a people-focused management umbrella under which every Leopardo employee can continually improve customer service.

In recognition of his industry leadership, Rick was inducted into Midwest Real Estate News’ Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2012. He was named one of the Midwest’s 40 top commercial real estate executives over the age of 40 by the same magazine in 2008. Prior to that, he was honored at a ceremony for the 2006 Contractor of the Year, awarded to Rick and Leopardo by the Coalition for United Community Action, a group dedicated to training minorities and women for employment in construction. This prestigious honor recognized Rick’s drive for excellence and Leopardo’s consistent demonstration of superior leadership qualities and contributions to the minority construction community.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from Western Illinois University and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA), the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Fox Valley Associated General Contractors, FMI Peer Group (President/CEO group) and serves on the board of directors of Turning Pointe Autism Foundation and the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate.