Our People

Bob Berns (CEO & President)

Bob Berns went to Southern Illinois University, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Upon graduation and working in the teaching field, he ended up looking for a change. Making a drastic one, he started working in commercial construction in Alaska throughout the 1970’s, where he learned the ins and outs of the business. In 1981, he moved back to Illinois to take over the helm at Berns Concrete from his father. After owning and operating the ready-mix and block manufacturing business, while also operating Berns Construction, Bob decided to sell the businesses. In 1998 he joined Johnco Construction and took over ownership of the firm in 2012.

Bob is very involved in all company operations, ensuring each project is delivered on time and budget. He enjoys working, but he also loves to spend time with his family including 15 grandchildren that keep him busy.

Paul Berns, CCM (COO & Sr. Vice President)

Paul Berns, one of Bob’s sons, went to Southern Illinois University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the School of Engineering. Paul worked several internships throughout college and gained large, multi-million dollar project experience on airport terminal additions in Dallas, TX and Baltimore, MD working as a Field Engineer. His junior year, he took a position as an assistant superintendent on the $365 million new Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, including demolition of Busch Stadium II. He eventually grew into a Project Superintendent position and upon graduation, moved to New York for three years and managed construction at Citi Field, the $800 million home of the New York Mets. Finally, he ended up back in the Midwest working on the Kansas City Royals $250 million stadium renovation.

Upon completion, Paul decided to join his father’s business where he began as a Union carpenter, then Project Manager/Estimator and was soon promoted to Vice President. Paul estimates with Bob, while being responsible for all company field operations and management. Most of all, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Paul is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) through the Construction Management Association of America, an Associate Constructor (AC) through the American Institute of Constructors, and Vice President/Executive Board Member at Central Illinois Autism Association.

Scott Saunders (Director of Field Operations)

Years with Johnco: 15 Years

Years in the Industry: 22 years

General Experience: Journeyman carpenter, site superintendent, and general superintendent

Past Projects:

  • Dwayne Andreas Agribusiness Education Center
  • Iles School Renovation
  • Lutheran High School Addition
Roger Markle (Project Superintendent)

Years with Johnco: 3 Years

Years in the Industry: I have 40 years as a carpenter, foreman, superintendent and owner of a construction business.

General Experience: I have built everything from a Nuclear power plant dealing with the concrete construction, to multi floor residential apartment buildings, all types of building fit out many different restaurant build outs, multimillion dollar projects, and multiple school projects.

I have done almost all phases of carpenter construction, from footings and foundations to finish trims. I take great pride in completing projects on time with trying to give subcontractors plenty of notice on when they will be need by looking ahead on schedules and working with the architects and end users to take care of problems that arise.

Past Projects:

  • Multiple Qdoba restaurants
  • CEFCU banks in Chillicothe and Germantown Hills
  • Remodel of Popeye’s Chicken
  • 3 Story Retirement Building
  • Project Superintendent of Sam Leman Dodge in Morton, IL
  • ICC Classroom Remodel
  • Army Guard Remodel at Peoria Airport
Matt Stoner (Project Superintendent)

Matt Glenn (Project Superintendent)

Curt Hauk (Project Superintendent)
Betsy Thomas (Project Superintendent)
Nick Elliott (Project Superintendent)

Mike German (Project Superintendent)