Introducing Fox Valley Developers

Fox Valley Developers is an Aurora-Centric group of business leaders who have come together with the shared purpose of preserving, restoring and repurposing the historic campus to transform and renew the Bardwell neighborhood.

The partners in the group are three sets of brothers who all share deep connections to Aurora and have achieved professional success in their respective fields.

After watching the Bardwell Copley campus decay over the past several decades, these life-long friends decided to do something about it and offer the City of Aurora a new path that would deliver immediate results for the community.

Together, they have amassed a team of complementary advisors that have made redevelopment of the campus a reality.

The Development Team

Jason Konrad

Project Development & Construction

As President of Konrad Construction, Jason leads a team that has tackled residential and commercial construction for over 20 years. The company has a premiere reputation for its work and ensures that every project is completed efficiently, smoothly, and below budget.

Jason is currently President of Konrad Construction. Jason started his company from the ground up. He learned the business working as a Carpenter and Lumber Sales Representative while working his way through college. With more than 20 years’ experience in the construction and real estate industry, Jason has a well-established track record of performance on site selection, planning and design concepts, financial packaging, managing construction coordination and lease or sale negotiation.  Jason’s market knowledge and years of construction experience are strong assets and allow him to problem solve by creating affective alternatives for complex development issues. Through Jason’s hard work he and his team at Konrad Construction have become the premier general contractor throughout the Midwest. Jason is very committed to the Aurora area having been born and raised in the area.

Russell Woerman

Project Development & Construction

In his 25-year career in the construction industry, Russ has developed a reputation for delivering projects on-time and on-budget. His firm has built and managed projects across the Midwest, including delivering over 30 stores for Menards, as well as distribution centers, restaurants and CVS locations.

Russell has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. Russell oversees major construction projects making sure crews deliver time after time. His time management, multi-tasking and prioritization skills are invaluable to his customers. Russell’s experience and hands on approach is one of the main reasons he is currently overseeing 25 Midwest Menard’s remodels. He has also general contracted centers in North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri along with several other major projects in the Chicagoland area, including many CVS pharmacies, hotels and restaurants. He has a strong eye for detail and will often be able to see things others don’t when looking at a project. Russell has a strong track record for completing projects within budget and on time. Russell has lived and worked in Aurora for his entire life and he is very passionate about putting together another successful project for the City of Aurora.

Michael Poulakidas

Project Development & Strategy

Michael has been a practicing attorney since 1998 representing clients with a wide array of legal needs. In addition to his legal practice, Michael owns two small businesses in Aurora, O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery and Spartan House.

A practicing licensed attorney by profession since 1998, Michael brings his knowledge of contract law and business expertise to the team. He is well versed in working with the city of Aurora including working closely with the city in developing the well-received and successful Spartan House on the west side of Aurora. Michael currently owns and/or manages four commercial buildings and over 40 residential units in Aurora and is developing a mixed use building in Aurora’s downtown area. He is well suited to be a part of a development team that will repurpose the abandoned hospital campus into multiple, in demand uses.

Paul Konrad

Project Development & Strategy

Paul is familiar to many in the Chicago region for his role as a television weather anchor for Chicago’s top rated morning program, WGN Morning News. He is a a nine-time Emmy Award winner. Connect with Paul on social media for insightful and humorous posts when he’s not on air.

Paul Konrad is a nine-time Emmy Award winning television weather anchor for Chicago’s top-rated WGN Morning News.  For the last 22 years, Paul has led the WGN Morning News to become the most watched television newscast in Chicago.  He was named “Chicago’s Best Weather Forecaster” and received the highly respected Illinois Silver Dome Award. Paul has engineered a social media engagement strategy that regularly reaches up to 3 million people a week making him one of Chicago’s most influential media voices. Paul is a graduate of DePaul University and holds his Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. Prior to WGN-TV, Paul worked with ABC News in Tampa, Florida, the CBS News affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama and Chicagoland Television News.

Dr. Stathis Poulakidas

Medical Director, Project Development & Strategy

Stathis is a prominent physician from the Chicago area, he is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery and the American Burn Association and has been published several times in prominent medical journals.

Dr. Poulakidas attended Chicago Medical School. He completed his residency at Loyola University in Chicago, and his Fellowship at University of California, Davis.  A prominent physician from the Chicago area he is board certified in general surgery/surgical critical care.  Dr. Poulakidas is a member of the American Board of Surgery and the American Burn Association, and has been published several times in prominent medical journals.  For the past 13 years, he has provided trauma and burn care to more than 100 children each year. He’s also conducted extensive research in the area, particularly pediatric burn care. Dr. Poulakidas has trained other medical professionals in trauma life support techniques and field burn treatment, and U.S. military medical personnel in adult and pediatric burn care preparing them for deployment overseas.  Dr. Poulakidas is the recipient of many awards for his work, including Patients’ Choice Award (2010-2012, 2014-2015); Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2012, 2014-2015); and On-Time Doctor Award (2014-2015). He is very highly regarded among his colleagues, as well as with patients.

Ronald Woerman

Project Development & Strategy

Through decades of experience in the corporate and hospitality industry, Ron has developed expertise in brand development and operations. He uses those skills as a co-owner of three local hospitality businesses in the Aurora area.

Ronald is director of operations at three local restaurant establishments – Spartan House, O’Malley’s Pub & Eatery and Dixie’s Bistro.  Ronald’s current role is to consult in the day to day management and offer his innovative methods for brand development and marketing restaurant concepts, as well as exceptional organization, management, and training skills. Ronald has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and over ten years’ experience in the corporate sector. He brings his vast knowledge of menu development, hospitality, customer service and event planning to the team.

John Davis

Director of Project Development

John Davis has over 20 years of experience working in Project Development and Management for the Real Estate Development and Construction industries…

John Davis has over 20 years of experience working in Project Development and Management for the Real Estate Development and Construction industries. He has served in risk management and financial operations roles throughout his career. In those roles he has created and developed financial models for large real estate development and construction projects throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions. His ability to evaluate projects and make recommendations to ownership has led to many successful real estate development and construction projects. John has a B.S. in Accounting from Westminster College having earned both Academic and Leadership Scholarships.

John Jansa

Chief Operating Officer

John Jansa has twenty years of experience working within public benefits and health care systems…

Mr. Jansa has twenty years of experience working within public benefits and health care systems. His consultation efforts focus on the intersection of home and community-based services, housing, Medicaid, and aging.  He began his work at a Center for Independent Living (CIL), facilitating adult transitions from long-term care settings into independent communities with supports. He eventually came to serve as CIL program director for seven years where he promoted and advocated for increased home and community-based service options; including expanding services for the aging.  He then served as Director of Community Engagement for Molina Healthcare of Illinois where he and his team helped foster strong community partnerships for adults enrolled in Illinois’ Medicaid managed care program.  More recently, John been a consultant on projects ranging from the creation of a full-risk bearing accountable care organization (ACO), development of a state plan for improved LTSS benefit access, and effective engagement strategies for medically complex populations. John has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Illinois State University.