Joe Gilbert, LEED AP BD+C Project Executive

Joe joined Riley in  2008 as a Project Engineer, working his way up to his current role of Project Executive in 2022. Joe works out of Riley’s Waukegan, IL office, focusing on cultivating relationships with the firm’s biopharmaceutical clients. Joe holds a B.S. in construction management from Illinois State University.

Joe grew up in the Chicago suburbs in a very active family, playing sports and helping with his father’s side job, a landscaping service. Construction was also a constant presence “Growing up, we always had a large remodel or addition project going on inside our home, and my family and I did all the work ourselves,” said Joe. “Over time, I became interested in construction as a career and got a job with a custom home builder in high school. This all led me to study construction management in college.”

Joe met his wife Alicia at a wedding, where they learned that despite having multiple mutual connections spanning decades, they had somehow never met. The two were married four years later and now have two boys, Wyatt and Reed. Joe is a lifelong winter sports enthusiast, including hockey and snowmobiling. He lives on the Chain of Lakes in northern Illinois, where he and his family enjoy boating to restaurants and swimming at the sandbars.

Fun Fact? “I have built 2 custom homes (with the help of my family). One is our current snowmobile cabin in Crivitz, WI that I designed and drew plans for myself, and the other is our current home on the Chain of Lakes in Antioch, IL. My family and I built both homes on nights and weekends. The only items we didn’t complete were the well and septic, drywall/taping, and mechanicals.”

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