Midwest Real Estate News February/March 2015 : Page 3
ADVERTISEMENT A little over two years ago, Sam J. Cicero Sr. decided it was time to pass Ci-cero’s Development Corporation (CDC) on to the next generation. “I stepped down from my role as president about a year ago, handing the company over to my son, Sam E. Cicero Jr.,” shares Sam Sr. “I’m still involved to an extent, mainly with marketing.” After 45 years in business, Sam Sr. has taken Cicero’s Development Corp from a small painting and decorating company to a hospitality construction expert. “I established CDC in September 1970,” recalls Sam Sr. “We grew from painting kitchens and bathrooms to paperhanging to renovations of residential properties and into small commercial then to larger commercial projects. From there on, we ventured into ground-up construction and eventually building and renovations for large hotels.” Cicero’s is based in Plainfield, Ill., servicing a majority of the Midwest and East Coast. “We have a team of 18 em-ployees, including our in-house architect and Director of Design, Steve Glenn,” details Sam Sr. “Steve is assisted by an experienced crew of project managers, estimators, superintendents, foremen and talented craftsmen. We stand out from the competition because we work with our property owners to thoroughly understand the project goals and really understand them. “ CDC has perfected its renovations process, resulting in its trademarked Renovationomix.® This program is a complete system that it developed and implement on every renovation project. It is a systematic method of renovating that increases revenue and assures that proj-ects come in on-time and within budget. Cicero’s gets its customers a quick return on their investment (ROI) through several value-added programs and services that it provides. Some of these services include $ensible Green®, which focuses on working with owners to choose renovation methods to increase their revenue and decrease operating expense, while maintaining a healthy environment. Its research department looks for available rebate or incentive programs available that help offset reno -vation costs through Federal, State local or their utility providers. As another “added feature” Cicero’s partners with an expert tax analyst to help owners seek out accelerated tax depreciation benefits by properly clas -sifying materials coming out or going into projects. Cicero’s Development Corporation: Specialists for Quality Renovations Since 1970 This ability to adapt to any occupied space has earned CDC some big-name renovations throughout the country. “We have recently renovated the fa-mous Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston,” details Sam Sr. “Prior to that we completed the Wyndham Hotel Uni-versity Center in Pittsburgh PA, which involved an indoor swimming pool, all meeting and ballrooms, main lobby and 251 guest rooms, 12 floors of corridors, all common areas, new commercial kitchen, and restaurant and bar renova-tions. Plus we provdied a design-build, HVAC project .” Cicero’s employs a local workforce when possible. “We’ll hire local sub-contractors and unemployed qualified veterans wherever and whenever we can,” explains Sam Sr. “By hiring local people we help keep good jobs in the area, allowing subcontractors to service a building they’ve probably worked on before.” Sam Sr. is proud to note that his son is more than happy to carry on Cicero’s notable reputation. “Sam Jr. will be with the company for at least another 15 years,” says Sam Sr. “Between Sam Jr.’s leadership, my grandchildren and great long term employees, I think Ci-cero’s Development is in good hands.” Operating in Occupied Space Setting up shop in a busy, high traffic space is just in an average days’ work for the Cicero team. “We schedule work around our clients schedule so we’re not disturbing them,” says Sam Sr.