Director of Operations
Director of Safety
Director of Purchasing
& Yard Operations
Loren has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and industrial construction industries. He has project experience in the automotive manufacturing, automotive supplier and the institutional sector. In addition, Loren has worked in educational, office, retail and various municipal sectors of the construction industry.
Loren Venegas began his employment with The Ideal Group companies in 1994. Later in 2002, Loren Venegas was appointed President of Ideal Contracting, LLC and The Ideal Group. Ideal Contracting has grown to be one the largest General Contractors in Michigan, receiving local and national recognition for its service, safety, quality and innovative construction techniques.
Nick has over 19 years of construction experience and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2013. He has worked in the commercial, healthcare, educational, automotive, and industrial sectors. He has worked for companies with a strong emphasis on self-performed work such as equipment setting, iron work, concrete, excavation, carpentry, mechanical, and fire protection. Through his “outside the box” thinking, ability to adapt, and relationship building, Nick is able to construct and environment where new ideals flourish and hard work and results are rewarded.
Nick graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management. He is a member of the Eastern Michigan Alumni Association and the Eastern Michigan Constructors, and is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED and OSHA’s 30 hour certification. Nick is also a graduate of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Executive Education Degree.
As Vice President – Construction, Nick Luxon is responsible for all general contracting and self-perform operations within the company. Nick manages projects through completion by overseeing scheduling, profitability, quality control, safety, and maintaining customer and subcontractor relations. He also develops the Contracting operational team through strategic hiring, monitoring and mentoring team members, setting protocol, and creating new procedures in the organization for continuous improvement.
With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Julie joined Ideal Contracting at its inception in 1998. She brought with her significant experience in complex accounting and cost control requirements in the industrial and heavy commercial construction industry. Her extensive knowledge in developing and integrating construction industry cost control systems including implementation and training have helped streamline accounting processes at Ideal Contracting.
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Walsh College, is member of the Construction Financial Management Association, and has attended multiple risk management seminars.
Julie Pilarski is responsible for Ideal Contracting corporate accounting and project financial information. Julie manages the financial aspects of all Ideal Contracting projects from start to finish including the integration of estimates, job related expense tracking, processing of supplier and subcontractor invoices, project invoicing, assembly of monthly financials, and any other financial aspect of Ideal Contracting projects. Julie is also responsible for Risk Management at Ideal Contracting, introducing policies and procedures designed to reduce Ideal Contracting’s exposure in relation to insurance coverage and claims, as well as safety and loss control.
Jon has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and joined Ideal Contracting in September 2002. He has vast experience in effective project management within the sectors of automotive, industrial, commercial, healthcare, and industrial projects. Through his hands-on training at multiple levels within the construction industry, Jon possesses strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, along with the ability to research, analyze, and recommend the best practices for quality assurance.
Jon attended Lawrence Technological University and studied Construction Management. He is a State of Michigan Licensed Professional Builder, a Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Representative, and is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED and OSHA’s 30 hour certification.
As Vice President – Program Management, Jon Hautau is responsible for the safety, process, quality, and efficiency of Ideal Contracting’s corporate construction management programs. Through his project managers, supervisors, engineering, and self-perform trade teams, Jon ensures projects are delivered within time specifications and cost-constraints, while maintaining the highest level standards of safety and quality. Jon also oversees the corporate Safety Department as well as our diversity and internship programs.