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About Joanna Szymel

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” — Harold S. Geneen.

Joanna Szymel is the Founder and CEO of Guepard Group, Corp., a women owned construction firm. She is versatile, results-oriented, entrepreneurial construction professional with over 25 years of outstanding ability to direct contractual operations including architecture/interior design, operations/ analytics, project controls, quality assurance, craft supervision, material expediting, and all other project administration including planning, scheduling, health and safety programs, purchase agreements and contract administration. Her area of experience includes: commercial interiors, multi-family, condo and mixed-use developments, public works and ground-up luxury homes.

Joanna continued her formal education at Loyola University in Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing with a minor in Political Science; followed by Associate’s degree in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, where she participated in studies abroad in Italy.  Joanna has completed her Master’s of Science degree with Honors at McCormick School of Engineering in Northwestern University, Evanston in a program: Executive Management for Design and Construction.

Joanna’s Accomplishments are not limited to Golden Alumni Association for Loyola University 2015;  National Leadership Award, Honorary Chairman of Business Advisory Council;  Who is Who in Executives and Professionals in 2000. She has published two editorials in Chicago Home book 5th & 6th edition. Most notable project to date is the condo conversion in the City of Chicago that was featured on the program “What you get for the Money” in Chicago for $200,000 and this project was also featured in Cavalcade of Homes for the City of Chicago. She provided affordable housing through the CPAN project in Chicago and Community Lake Partners in Lake County.

Activities that are near Joanna’s heart are USMCA - U.S. Minority Contractor Association, Board Member of the Northland Chapter and serving on a board for Real Estate Development Investment; proud member of HACIA, Women Chamber of Commerce, JUST, Women Business Development Center; BuildWorlds - Industry platform.
Also, Joanna is a founder of non-for profit soccer club  Guepard Football Club, which is being sponsored by the construction firm and other companies to make the sport affordable to the northwestern suburbs boys. Joanna is an assistant coach for soccer team.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence than, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Will Duran (Not Aristotle)

About Guepard Group

Guepard Group manages and executes projects to exceed client’s expectations in commercial, public, multi-family and residential projects. We are an innovative management contracting and construction firm with a proven track record of maximizing operational efficiency through LEAN construction methods and manages personnel by using Management by Objective methods. Recently Guepard Group has adapted JUST principles for its internal guiding light to be socially responsible firm.

Guepard Group has a proven track record of over 25 years in ensuring construction projects are executed safely, on time, within budget, and in a high quality manner while ensuring the team, client and other stakeholders are well informed. At Guepard, we have innovative, resourceful and dynamic leaders with strong analytical, team building and collaborative skills used to develop personnel and production strategies and guide implementation to improve client experience through outstanding customer service skills and managed expectations.

NAICS Codes

2361 Residential Building Construction:
236115 - NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION (EXCEPT FOR-SALE BUILDERS)
236116 - NEW MULTIFAMILY HOUSING CONSTRUCTION (EXCEPT FOR-SALE BUILDERS)
236117 - NEW HOUSING OPERATIVE BUILDERS
236118 - RESIDENTIAL REMODELING

2362 Nonresidential Building Construction:
236220 - COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
238150 - GLASS AND GLAZING CONTRACTORS

2383 Building Finishing Contractors
238310 - DRYWALL AND INSULATION CONTRACTORS
238320 - PAINTING AND WALL COVERING CONTRACTORS
238330 - FLOORING CONTRACTORS
238340 -TILE AND TERRAZZO CONTRACTORS
238350 - FINISH CARPENTRY CONTRACTORS
238390 – OTHER BUILDING FINISHES

5413 Architectural, Engineering & Related Services:
541350- BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES

5414 Specialized Design Services
541410 – INTERIOR DESIGN

5616 Management, Scientific & Technical Consulting Services:
541611 – ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTING SERVICES
561110 – OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

5611 Office Administrative Services:
561410 – DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICES

NIGP Codes

NIGP-91200: Construction Services, General, including Maintenance and Repair Services
NIGP-91831: Construction Consulting

Certifications

WBE, SBE, WOSB, EDWOSB, WBE for Water Reclamation District for Greater Chicago, HUD Section 3, OSHA 30,
Cook County - WBE pending