Mark Winschel, Director of Business Development at S. M. Wilson & Co., has been named to Building Design + Construction magazine’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. According to the magazine, this class represents the next generation of leadership in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry nationally. They have been chosen by the editors of Building Design+Construction on the basis of three factors: career achievement, service to their professions and communities, and active participation in charitable work.
Winschel joined S. M. Wilson in 2002 as a project engineer and quickly rose through the company’s project management, business development and executive committee ranks. He became Project Manager in 2003, and has since been directly responsible for the overall budget, schedule and project management for more than $250 million of high profile construction programs. Several of these projects included the $30 million building program for the Ladue School District, the $51 million Clayton School Proposition S Building Program and the $40 million Wydown Middle School.
Mark was also a key team member on a $90 million project for MasterCard International and a $31 million project for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Since taking over as Director of Business Development 18 months ago, he has had a significant role in securing more than $50 million in new business for S. M. Wilson, including two school construction projects and a long range building program for a metropolitan area public library system. He leads a team of five marketing and support professionals and manages the company’s efforts in the pursuit of new business and repeat business. In 2012 Mark became one of the youngest members of S. M. Wilson’s Executive Planning Committee, which develops and monitors long-range planning and strategy for the company.
“Mark has made a multi-million dollar impact for the company in the field and in the boardroom, while also emerging as a recognized young leader in the construction industry and in the community,” said Amy Berg, President of S. M. Wilson & Co.
Mark is heavily involved in the St. Louis area construction industry as a volunteer and a young leader. He currently serves as Chair of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of St. Louis Membership Committee, and has led efforts to recruit or renew member companies and affiliates. He is also active with the Construction Careers Center, a school established by the AGC to provide training and encouragement for young urban students to enter the construction trades.
While volunteering at the Construction Careers Center in 2010, Mark was introduced to Thomas, then age 17, and eventually was paired with Thomas as part of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Mark’s involvement and role with Thomas was personal and deep, and he became more like a father figure for Thomas, who is the oldest of six children and often served as a father figure himself. Today, Thomas is in his second year of college and on the road to success. He and Mark remain close and connected.
S. M. Wilson is a full-service construction management, design/build and general contracting firm with headquarters in St. Louis and Rollins Construction Company, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of S. M. Wilson, in Indianapolis. S. M. Wilson is one of the largest general construction and construction management firms in the St. Louis area. The company posted $250 million in 2013 revenues, and ranks 232nd in Engineering News-Record’s 2013 list of Top 400 commercial contractors nationwide. For more information, visit www.smwilson.com.