Barbara J. Riley

Executive Vice President

Barb Riley began her construction industry experience by working in the field as a laborer during summer breaks from college. Following completion of her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, she accepted a position as a Sales Engineer with Johnson Controls, at their Chicago, IL office, focusing primarily on the healthcare industry.  After a five year career, achieving the top ranking Sales Engineer in the Midwest Region (second in the nation for JCI), she chose an opportunity to work for the family business.  In 1994, Riley Construction was purchased by second generation family members.  Barb became proficient in estimating, and project management.   After a decade, she led Riley’s Business Development Department.  As a major shareholder she helps guide the direction of the company, as well as identify and develop new clients and markets in which the firm pursues business.