Leopardo Announces Seven Recent Promotions As Company Grows


Leopardo Companies, one of the nation’s most-respected construction firms, announced seven recent promotions in its Hoffman Estates-based headquarters. The employees were promoted for their significant contributions to Leopardo’s success over the past several years, and to better meet evolving client needs. Those promoted were:

Pierre Cowart, LEED AP – Executive Vice President

Cowart is a 22-year veteran of Leopardo with a background in architecture and civil engineering, and a robust portfolio of managing diverse construction projects. Before stepping into the role of executive vice president, he oversaw strategy and operations for Leopardo’s corporate and community market, which included multifamily residential, office, industrial, retail, hospitality and municipal projects like the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. global corporate headquarters, Big Ten Conference headquarters, Universal Technical Institute, Aurora Police headquarters and branch court facility, multiple AMC theater renovations, as well as numerous high-rise residential projects.

Leigh McMillen, LEED AP, AIA – Senior Vice President

McMillen joined Leopardo in 2003 and previously served as vice president of the company’s community market. One highlight of her nearly 15 years at Leopardo is the $80 million, LEED Gold-certified Aurora Police headquarters and branch court facility, which is one of the largest police facilities in the United States. She also completed the new Village of Hanover Park Police headquarters, the Village of Mount Prospect fire station and emergency operations center, as well as the West Chicago Park District ARC Center.

Damian Eallonardo, LEED AP – Senior Vice President

Eallonardo joined Leopardo in 2011 and brought with him more than 30 years of construction experience. As senior vice president, he leads Leopardo’s efforts to identify and develop growth opportunities that align with the company’s strategic vision. Before stepping into his new role, Eallonardo served as vice president and project executive working with clients like DuPage Medical Group, Sterling Bay, Convexity Properties, Hillshire Brands, as well as the villages of South Barrington and New Lenox.

Mike Mastin, LEED AP, PE – Project Executive

Mastin is a 22-year construction industry veteran who has completed more than 1 million square feet since joining Leopardo over a decade ago. His comprehensive skill set includes out of the ground and occupied healthcare projects, large site development, LEED-certified projects, as well as other multistory ground-up construction projects. He has led teams on numerous projects for Rush University Medical Center, University of Chicago Medicine, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Universal Technical Institute, DuPage Medical Group and more.

Nicole McElroy, LEED AP BD+C – Senior Project Manager

McElroy joined Leopardo in 2007 and has been leading some of the company’s most prominent community and municipal projects, including the Glen Ellyn Police and Will County Sherriff’s facilities currently under construction, as well as the West Chicago Park District ARC Center. Prior to stepping into her role as senior project manager, McElroy served as a project manager and director of business development. She holds a double master’s degree in architecture and civil/environmental engineering from the University of Illinois.

Cian Quinn – Project Manager 

Prior to stepping into his new role as project manager, Quinn served as a project engineer. He joined Leopardo in 2011 and has worked on some of the company’s most prominent projects, including the Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. global headquarters, the Lakeview Medical campus, as well as both Radio Flyer and Hillshire Brands headquarters. Quinn also spent four years doing safety and estimating on a variety of projects. He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management, with a minor in occupational safety.

Josh Camalick– Project Manager 

Prior to stepping into his new role as project manager, Camalick served as a project engineer. He joined Leopardo in 2016 and has worked across the Midwest on multiple AMC theater renovations, including the AMC Columbus 10 in Ohio, AMC Crestwood 18 in Illinois, AMC Indianapolis 17 in Indiana, and he recently began the AMC Navy Pier IMAX. Camalick is a graduate of Bradley University and holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management.

“These promotions enable us to continue providing first-class construction services to our wide range of clients, as well as better align our teams and services with our clients’ evolving needs,” said Leopardo President Rick Mattioda.

Leopardo’s award-winning ground-up office and municipal projects are regularly recognized by peers, clients and the media for best-in-class construction. Among the many accolades and honors are multiple Project of the Year awards for the Aurora Police headquarters and branch court facility, West Chicago Park District ARC Center, Universal Technical Institute and Hanover Park Police headquarters, as well as Office Development of the Year and Build-to-Suit Project of the Year for the Big Ten Conference headquarters, Midwest Best Government/Public Building Project for the Hanover Park Police headquarters and Public Works Project of the Year for the Aurora Police headquarters and branch court facility.

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