Valentino Caushi


Valentino’s passion for building is the foundation of APEX's continued growth during the company's 20+ years in business as a general contractor. In addition to providing leadership, strategy, and direction as the APEX CEO, he provides an unwavering commitment to satisfy his clients. It is not uncommon to find him on the job site helping manage the success of his client’s projects. His deep understanding of the construction processes has proved to be invaluable in providing our clients with the building solutions necessary for project success.

APEX Construction Group’s growth year after year is a testament of Valentino’s steadfast commitment to both his client’s overall satisfaction and the proven construction processes he has created at APEX.

University of Prishtina, Kosova 1988 – 1992
B.S. Building Engineering

Joel Spalding


Joel brings over 35 years of construction industry knowledge and business leadership to Apex. Joel is well respected for his knowledge and leadership within the construction community. He is a constant force in critical decision-making for all aspects of the business. He always ensures that the best industry practices are utilized to demonstrate exemplary leadership, growth, and continued success.

Joel’s extensive background includes the following types of building enterprises: Education, Senior living, Multi-family, Student housing, Renovation, New construction, Single-family, Retail, and Sportsplex.

Joel holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as an MBA from the Keller Graduate School.

Adrian Caushi

Vice President

With 20 years of construction experience, Adrian has a strong background in supervision of large, complex projects, Adrian possesses a depth of knowledge of building practices and regulatory compliance issues. He is highly qualified in reviewing scope and implementing the management necessary to complete a quality project on time and within budget. His coordination of activities and strong communication are effective when working with project management staff, engineers, architects, client representatives, building officials, inspectors, and end-users. Adrian offers the highest level of service to all of the APEX clients.

Djordje Janjus

Director of Preconstruction

Justin Bohlke

Project Executive

Project Management, Pre Construction, and Estimating

Jason Willis

Senior Superintendent

Bashkim Tafilaj


As Superintendent Bashkhim manages the scope, schedule, and manpower for the plumbing, excavation, and concrete subcontractors and laborers. He has an 18-year career in the construction industry and been with APEX for 6 years. Bashkhim has the diligence and fortitude when managing the subcontractor team, coupled with a positive personality he is able to effectively produce on-time, quality work. He is respected and revered by his APEX and subcontractor team.

Do you have any degrees or certificates?
I am a Licensed Plumber.

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
APEX has a very respectful working environment that appreciates their people and teamwork.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
When not working I enjoy spending time outdoors, being with my wife and our 3 kids!

Lawrence Brown


Paola Placko

Lead Estimator/ Architectural Designer

Paola Placko holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She has worked in several architectural and construction firms in the Chicagoland area over the last 20 years on projects that range from residential to institutional.
Paola believes integration of construction and technology are essential to any architectural design success.
After working as consultant for last 9 years while she raises her 2 daughters, she is currently the lead estimator and architectural designer at Apex Construction Group, focusing to implement lean & BIM process in everyday activities.
Paola is in the path of becoming a licensed architect with 3 passed tests under her belt and three more to go.
When she is not working, Paola volunteers in her children’s school with the PTO. She enjoys cooking/dining and beach vacations with her husband and daughters.

Noah Morkunas

Estimator/ Pre Construction Manager

Noah has quickly grown as a project manager at APEX. He has a keen ability to foresee and implement project advantages as well as detect problems before they occur and efficiently solve them. He is a valuable asset to the APEX team and our clients. As a sought-after project manager in the Chicagoland industry, Noah prefers to work for a company that is value-based and that is devoted to their client’s goals and satisfaction.

Noah has obtained his degree in civil engineering with a focus on construction management, is a highly skilled, meticulous project manager.

How long have you been in the construction industry?
10 Years

How long have you been with APEX?
2.5 years

What is your role at Apex?
Project Manager/Estimator – Managing APEX’s construction projects including material procurement, change orders, RFIs, subcontractor scope/schedule management, interfacing with the clients to ensure they are 100% satisfied. In addition to project management aid in estimating and preconstruction department, preforming material take-offs and pricing, and sourcing subcontractor for upcoming bids.

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
I enjoy managing projects, helping to move a project forward successfully and bringing in new work by networking and bidding projects.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
Most of my time outside of the office is spent with my dog Harvey or with my family. My two nieces are everything to me. During the summer I enjoy spending time on a lake in Michigan.

Kim Verduzco

Project Manager

Kim Verduzco is responsible for Project Management in planning, management direction, project completion, client satisfaction, and financial outcome of the project. She coordinates all contractual requirements, design drawings, and project specifications. With her extensive background in the construction industry, she is able to lead projects from design through implementation with professionalism, while always being goal focused.

Cieara Thomas

Safety Foreman

Cieara Thomas began working in the construction industry in 2016 and has been working for Apex from the start. As the safety manager for APEX, her duties are supervising and enforcing all safety rules and regulations in the field, ensuring all measures are taken to avoid job site hazards and accidents. Her top priority is the safety of all workers and project management staff. She works diligently to enforce the most quality instruction of safety precautions.

What do you enjoy about working at APEX? I really enjoy working in the construction industry especially with Apex, such a diverse environment with warm-hearted, hardworking, and respectful people.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
I am a hard-working woman who cares about others. I am family-oriented, and I love any form of entertainment especially comedy. I enjoy shopping, music and making people laugh.

Dharmendra Choudary

Scheduler/Project Engineer

Dharmendra has been working with Apex since 2018. He has a MS degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He began his career with Apex from two back to back summer and fall internship during his grad school.

As a Scheduler, he works with the entire project team to create the project schedule and update it on a regular basis. Dharmendra also reviews the subcontractor proposals, prepares submittals, processes RFI’s and change orders, and helps with payment applications. He currently holds OSHA 30 Hours and CMIT (Construction Manager-In-Training) certification and is affiliated with American Society of Civil Engineers and Construction Management Association of America.

Over the course of his career with Apex, Dharmendra has worked on numerous housing projects in the Chicagoland area.

When not working, Dharmendra enjoy biking and running along the Michigan Lake and has an interest of cooking different international cuisines

Erik Olson

Project Engineer

Erik joined the APEX team in January or 2016. He immediately showed initiative, helping handle complex project tasks and aiding the project team in the successful management of many projects. His hands-on approach and willingness to help in any area needed is a benefit to keeping our jobs on schedule. Erik is adept at effective communication between personnel and suppliers. His desire to be an influential part of a team has gained him additional responsibilities such as: assisting the project manager in managing costs, schedule and project performance, contractor scope and materials procurement.

What is your role at Apex?
Project Manager

Do you have any degrees or certificates?
Illinois State University

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
I love our hardworking team and how we support each other no matter what.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
I enjoy powerlifting, skiing, and spending time with friends and family

Kyle Grunewald

Project Engineer

Accounting, Marketing & Administration

Olga Podoba


Olga has 8 years of construction administrative and project account experience. Starting at Apex after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Finance from the Donetsk University of Economy and Trade and has also earned a Master of Accounting & Financial Management & Graduate Certificate in Financial Analysis from Keller Graduate School. Olga’s has willingness to step in and help any member of the APEX team. She works tirelessly to ensure the administration responsibilities and project accounting responsibilities at APEX are completed efficiently.

What is your role at Apex?
Above managing the office, I work with the project team to complete the project accounting, compliance, and certified payroll.

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
Diversity of responsibilities and a lot of opportunities for personal growth and development.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
In my free time, I love spending time with my son. He is my best friend and the most important person in my life. Also, I like to read and bicycle at every opportunity.

Giovanna Caushi

Human Resource Specialist

Giovanna has 2 years of Human Resource experience and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Development with a minor in Human Resources Management from Purdue University. Giovanna's eagerness to not only help the Apex team but also learn is what makes her an astounding employee.

What is your role at Apex?
My role at Apex involves: Preparing and maintaining employment records, overseeing the hiring process, ensuring new hire paperwork is completed and processed, communicating job duties, responsibilities, and schedules to new and current employees, and addressing employee relation issues

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
I love the diversity at Apex. I also believe that everyone here is presented with incredible opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

What do you enjoy in your personal life?
In my free time, I love traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Koronaci

Contract Manager

Writing, evaluating, and executing various contracts covering a range of transactions. Maintaining correspondence and documentation related to contracts. Discuss the terms, and conditions with clients and third parties, before drawing up legal documents to outline terms of service and project deliverables. Monitoring contracts and ensuring that contracts are executed in accordance with corporate guidelines.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in law and a Master's of Science degree in Public Law from University of Tirana, Faculty of Law, Albania.

What is your role at Apex?
Executive Assistant/Accounting Clerk

What do you enjoy about working for APEX?
What I like the most about Apex besides the professional and welcoming atmosphere, is the workforce diversity.

Laura Silkowski

Office Administratior/HR