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Founded in 2009, GMA Construction Group, LLC. (GMA) is licensed, bonded, and insured in the State of Illinois, and is a Minority and Veteran-Owned Small Business. GMA is fully integrated to provide General Contracting, Construction Management, Design-Build and Cost Engineering services.

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Our approach is proactive and hands-on. We understand the challenges that every construction project encounters and our goal is to eliminate the common obstacles with a project process that encourages collaboration among the Owner, Architect and Builder.

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OUR MISSION

GMA's mission is to be the sole contributor of design, planning, and general contracting services for our clients. Our goal is to ensure that the product we deliver is designed effectively and built efficiently while meeting the budget, schedule, quality, and safety demands of each project we undertake.

 
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GMA Leadership

 
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CORNELIUS GRIGGS, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

As President of GMA Construction Group, Cornelius provides executive level oversight on matters related to business development, estimating, risk management, marketing, human capital management, finance, safety, quality assurance and quality control. Cornelius has extensive experience working in multiple forms of construction delivery systems including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, CM at Risk and Public Private Partnerships. Cornelius is directly responsible for construction operations across the company for both our public and private business units.

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JOHN ADAMS, VICE PRESIDENT

As Vice President at GMA Construction Group, John provides executive level oversight in our Affordable Housing and Healthcare markets. He's directly responsible for operations across both business units including preconstruction efforts to support new business development and field operations and coordination. John also works closely with the President assisting with matters related to business development, estimating, risk management, marketing, human capital management, finance, safety, quality assurance and quality control. John has over 20 years of industry leading experience.

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ERICA KIRKWOOD, VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL

As Vice President and General Counsel of GMA Construction Group, Erica provides executive-level oversight on matters related to contract review and negotiation, insurance and bond review, compliance with government regulations and reporting at the local, state, and federal levels, and human resource management. Erica also leads our corporate administrative efforts in the areas of MBE/WBE, 8A, Veteran-Owned Small Business, and disadvantaged business compliance. Erica provides close counsel to the President to ensure the company is operating ethically and in compliance with all governmental regulations. 

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WENDY JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING & FINANCE

As Director of Accounting and Finance at GMA Construction Group, Wendy is responsible for preparation of the operating budgets, overseeing financial reporting, and payroll. Additionally, Wendy manages and monitors the financial performance of all GMA projects. Wendy Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in accounting. She has spent her entire career in the AEC industry, and she has extensive managerial experience. Prior to joining GMA, Wendy served as the Chief Financial Officer for American Waterproofing, Inc. Regional Controller-Midwest for AECOM Tishman, and Senior Business Group Accountant for The Walsh Group.

 

IN THE NEWS

Cornelius Griggs named Small Business Administration – Illinois Person of the Year

 
 
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The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois District Office has named Cornelius Griggs, owner of Chicago’s GMA Construction Group, the 2019 Illinois Small Business Person of the Year. Each year, the SBA honors small businesses and small business advocates across the country who are creating 21st-century jobs, driving innovation, and increasing America’s global competitiveness. Assistance from the SBA has helped GMA thrive. Two SBA-guaranteed loans in 2016 and 2017 allowed the company to upgrade software and office space, hire project-specific personnel, and invest in training resources to comply with industry standards. Griggs also graduated from SBA’s Emerging Leaders program in 2016, dedicating seven months to developing a strategic growth plan for his business.

Read the entire article on SBA’s website