Since late 2020, Shook Construction has been working through a 2025 Strategic Plan focused on the long-term health and growth of the organization, consisting of three pillars: Operational Excellence, Capacity Building, and Intentional Growth. The organization has made significant progress within these three objectives, ultimately leading to the most recent and most significant change: the evolution of its operating structure to a geographic-based model.
Shook has utilized a market-based structure for the last 11 years to drive focus in its core markets: education, healthcare, industrial, and water resources. Its new model is structured around four regions – Central, Midwest, Great Lakes, and Mid-Atlantic – and includes new positions for Regional Managers and Directors of Operations in the Great Lakes region to support the growth.
Shook has served as a general contractor, construction manager, design-builder, and subcontractor in the Greater Cleveland area since the opening of its local office in 1987. Predominately working for one large client in the early years, the firm has now grown to approximately 80 employees and $150M in annual revenue in the Great Lakes region, representing all four of Shook’s core markets. The company’s new geographic-based structure will help to better position the region for continued growth in these markets.
As part of this structure, Matt Danis was promoted to Vice President, Great Lakes Regional Manager and will focus on recruitment and retention of talent, acquisition of new work, and long-term business strategy and execution. Matt is a 17-year Shook employee, serving as the Vice President of Corporate Development since 2014 and leading the local building operation in Cleveland since 2019. His efforts locally – from pursuing work to forming relationships with industry partners to serving on local boards such as the ACE Mentor Program – have had a significant impact on the firm’s regional growth.
Shook also created new Director of Operations roles – filled by Shook teammates Matt Bennett and Brett Connolly – that will oversee project execution, the development of staff, and focus on standard operating procedures across the region. Bennett has overseen the local water resources operation for over 10 years, while Connolly steps into the role to oversee the building operations. Connolly has been with Shook for three years, with broad experience in building, water resources, self-perform and collaborative delivery.
The mission to serve has been a pillar of Shook since its inception, and its employees carry out a community service project for nearly every job they complete. From participating in beach cleanups with Drink Local. Drink Tap. to building playhouses for Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity to building beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, its employees find time to serve the non-profits throughout the Great Lakes region. Moreover, they launched The Shook Foundation in 2022 where they have given over $62,000 to nonprofits, including The May Dugan Center and Maelstrom Collaborative Arts to name a few. The firm also has completed two company Mission Trips to date, where eight employees – including Bennett – constructed waterlines for a remote village in Timusi, Bolivia, in 2019, and another eight built a teacher dormitory for a remote school in Mozambique, East Africa, in 2022.