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Jun 11

Frontier Proud to Salute Skip Mallen on 19+ Year Career

Frontier Vice President, Michael Parr; Superintendent, Skip Mallen; President, Greg Parr

We are proud to salute Superintendent, Skip Mallen on receiving Frontier’s “Cornerstone Award”, for 2nd Quarter, 2013 for his exceptional demonstration of his commitment to Frontier Construction’s Core Values, Core Focus and achievement of its strategic goals throughout his 19+ year career at Frontier.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to drive through a lot of the communities in the Chicagoland area and see all of these projects that I put my heart and my sweat into,” said Skip. “It gives me a great sense of pride to know I helped shape the community for the better.”

The Cornerstone Award is given by the Frontier leadership team to an outstanding Frontier employee “for exceptional demonstration of their commitment to Frontier Construction’s Core Values, Core Focus and achievement of its strategic goals.”

“Frontier has been my home during a lot of economic ups and downs over the years, but the stability of Frontier and Greg Parr’s business principles has helped me grow both professionally and personally,” said Skip. “Safety training and always keeping up with the latest construction technologies has been the key to my and the company’s success. I wouldn’t have been here for over 19 years if it wasn’t a great place to work!”

Over Skip’s career at Frontier, his construction experience continually expanded: “many, many, many, schools”, interior renovations at hospitals, ground-up hospital projects, libraries, banks, churches, tenant build outs, industrial, fire and police stations and corporate offices throughout the Chicagoland area from Woodstock to Bradley/Bourbonnais and everywhere in between.

“We are all proud to salute Skip and his long and successful career with Frontier. His professionalism and ability to solve any problem that may arise has made him a true leader in the company,” said Greg Parr, Frontier’s founder and president. “I’m fortunate to have Skip on the team and look forward to his continuing success for years to come.”

About Skip Mallen’s 19+ Year Career with Frontier

“The father of my buddy of mine was a construction superintendent that we all looked up to for his expert craftsmanship and attention to detail in construction,” said Skip. “I decided construction was more for me than college, so I applied to carpenters union and began the apprentice program in 1975 at Washburne Trade School.”

Washburne Trade School was located in Chicago’s Little Village, which is part of the South Lawndale community.

“Washburne was a great experience to gain the skills that I needed to become a successful carpenter and achieve my ultimate goal of being a foreman and a leader at a great company,” recalled Skip. The apprentice training program gave me a solid foundation to grow my career on.”

“Washburne was a place unlike anything that’s around today; all types of unions trained in one big facility – carpenters, electricians, plumbers, machinists, large printing press operators and even chefs and bakers.”

After finishing the apprentice training program at Washburne, Skip began building houses in the Chicagoland area until the recession of the 1980’s hit. He was then offered an opportunity to extend his carpentry skills and accepted a job building trade show booths and other trade show setups at McCormick Place in Chicago.

At this time, he also began his affiliation with Frontier Construction by working part time, starting in 1986.

“Frontier was a brand new company back in ’86, but I knew I fit in with Greg Parr’s business principles, so I always came to work with him when he needed me in those early days,” recalled Skip.

“It wasn’t until 1994 when I was hired on full time with Frontier to run a bank project in downtown Western Springs, IL. I still think of that project as one of the highlight projects in my career because it was an exciting opportunity with a company that I knew I could grow with. I’ve never looked back since!”

More About Skip Mallen

“I believe that work-life balance is most important to a successful career in whatever you’re doing,” said Skip. “You have to learn to work hard and smart, but more importantly you have to learn to leave it when you’re done and walk away.”

Skip is an avid bowler and golfer, claiming two “300” bowling games, but is still waiting for that hole-in-one he’s always dreamed of. He lives in Homer Glen with his wife and with his two children who both have recently graduated college with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

Project Highlights

  • Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
  • Silver Cross Replacement Hospital, New Lenox, IL
  • Ridgemoor Country Club, Chicago, IL
  • Thornton Fractional North & South, Thornton, IL (multiple projects)
  • St. Steven’s Catholic Church, Tinley Park, IL
  • Church of Latter Day Saints, Chicago, IL
  • Midlothian Country Club, Midlothian, IL
  • Western Springs Bank, Western Springs, IL


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