Jeffrey J. Krusinski started as a laborer in 1994 at his family's Krusinski Construction Co., a general contracting and construction management firm based in Oak Brook.
He now is president, after working his way up the ladder over the years. Teamwork and competitiveness are key, and he likely learned some of that from playing hockey.
"I grew up playing hockey and started at about 8 years old," said Krusinski, 42.
"It's the same core group of guys and we've been playing for years. There's a lot of camaraderie," he said.
It's a competitive, and sometimes, tough game that keeps his skills on edge. It also can be rough, where fights break out.
"That's just once in a while, but it's all in good fun," he said.
Born and raised in Lincolnshire, Jeff said he has taken a nontraditional path, going to night classes at College of Lake County. He fell short of getting his associate degree, but continues his education with conferences, webinars and other programs to keep up with the competitive and changing construction industry.
"I never want to stop learning," Jeff said.
Jeff is now in line to one day lead the family construction company as it continues to expand with projects nationwide, including in New York, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky and elsewhere.
He oversees business development and marketing, operations and the financial components of the business. He also continues to learn from his mentors, Joe Krusinski, his father and chairman and Jerry Krusinski, his uncle and CEO.
"As Jeff continues the legacy of our reputable firm, our entire team remains focused on solving complex problems, providing creative solutions and understanding our clients' needs," said his father, Joe Krusinski.
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