PREMIER DESIGN + BUILD GROUP
Alan Zocher, Alec Zocher and Brian Paul saw an opportunity in 2004 to make a
big difference in the industrial general contracting world by creating a new breed
of company that would be the single point of communication for clients’ design
and construction needs. With that, PREMIER Design + Build Group was born.
They identified three overarching goals: save time, reduce risks and overall
costs, and deliver a final product that exceeds expectations. The firm landed its
first client shortly thereafter and put the concept-to-completion success strategy
to the test on Damen Marketplace, a complete warehouse design and construction spec project in Chicago for SVE Corp.
Since then, the founders have grown from a group of three to a team of more
than 90 employees, with revenues approaching $400 million in 2019.
As president and co-founder, Alan Zocher oversees the firm’s management
team and leads the company’s strategic planning, providing direction for the
company’s future. He is involved in PREMIER’s projects from conceptual site
plan through project completion.
Alec Zocher manages the company’s overall design and construction services and the day-to-day activities
including estimating, design coordination, permitting, scheduling and contract administration , along with
overseeing its Northeast Division.
Paul works with clients to successfully implement and manage the planning, design, approval and construction stages of projects.
During the past three years, the firm has more than doubled its revenue, growing from $130 million in
2015 to more than $280 million in 2018. In the span of 15 years, the three owners/founders have built a firm
from the ground up that is on track to exceed $400 million in revenue in 2019. They have done so by building long-term client relationships, identifying key growth areas such as logistics and investing in the long-term success of employees.
The firm was named General Contractor of the Year by NAIOP Chicago in 2014 for its three highest-profile projects that year: a 365,359-square-foot LEED Silver industrial build-to-suit for FREEMAN in
McCook, IL; a 406,212-square-foot speculative industrial facility in Libertyville, IL and a 363,711-square-foot industrial build-to-suit in
All are proud supporters and ambassadors for Saving Tiny Hearts Society, which was founded in 2005 by Paul and his wife after their
first child was born with severe complex congenital heart disease. Since then, the families have worked tirelessly to fulfill the mission of
raising seed money for grossly under-funded, lifesaving grassroots research into congenital heart defects, which totals nearly $2 million
dollars and 24 research projects funded.
Alec Zocher Alan Zocher
Jeannie Renne-Malone has been integral in leading Prologis as it reaches new milestones. 2018 was a year of
important ESG accomplishments and Prologis firsts that are tied to its business strategy. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without Renne-Malone’s leadership and guidance in elevating the visibility of Prologis’ sustainability programs.
She has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable development, technology transfer, renewable
energy, climate change, greenhouse gas accounting, and sustainability planning and reporting in the US and
Latin America. Renne-Malone joined Prologis in 2014 as VP of sustainability to develop and implement a
global sustainability strategy for the company.
She communicates the company’s environmental stewardship and social responsibility efforts throughout
Prologis and to key stakeholders. Renne-Malone also oversees the development of annual carbon footprint
and sustainability reporting to various organizations.
Following Prologis’ success as the first industrial real estate developer to have a WELL-certified building, Renne-Malone and Prologis
colleagues are developing a standard for industrial park development to include increased amenities and access to healthy features for
Renne-Malone launched Prologis’ Community Workforce Initiative to address the labor shortage in the logistics industry and help
underprivileged populations. She facilitated an ongoing global partnership between Prologis and Habitat for Humanity, and conceptualized and successfully launched Prologis’ Customer Sustainability Advisory Council.