Providing Integrated Services for Over 20 Years
Ideal Contracting is a family-owned MBE general contractor headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. We have over two decades of experience delivering small and large-scale projects to our clients in the automotive / manufacturing, heavy industrial and commercial markets.
At Ideal, our core values are the building blocks of our company culture and guide us daily to provide an unsurpassed experience for our clients.
SafetyLive, lead and empower each other to ensure everyone goes home safely.
Our actions will be guided by transparency, honesty and the principle to always do the right thing.
Cultivate, leverage and inspire personal growth to advance the mission of the company.
Contribute to the advancement of neighborhoods we operate in, by developing safe communities and
a strong educational structure.
Where We Work
Built on a reputation of quality in the construction industry, we have become one of the largest General Contractors in Michigan and continue to grow our footprint throughout the United States.
Frank Venegas, a Detroit Michigan entrepreneur and the grandson of Mexican immigrants, capitalized a winning raffle ticket and the proceeds of a new 1979 Cadillac to launch his first company in 1979. Today, the Ideal Group, a family-owned company, has evolved into eight nationally recognized companies with annual revenues approaching $350 million, employing approximately 550 people. Over the years, family members Loren (brother), Linzie (daughter), and Jesse (son) joined the Ideal Leadership team as owners.
Based on the Venegas family core values, Ideal companies continually meet and exceed customer needs in construction, facilities management, manufacturing, indirect material management and surplus sales. Acknowledging Ideal’s high standards in safety, quality, performance and community engagement, General Motors awarded Ideal 13 coveted GM Global Supplier of the Year Awards.
Known for their philanthropic work in Southwest Detroit, Ideal Group and Frank Venegas focus their efforts on four fundamental pillars: Education, Environmental, Community Sustainability, and Youth Programs. The government of Mexico recognized Frank Venegas with its Ohtli Award, its highest award to a foreign citizen, a tribute to Ideal’s corporate advocacy, mentoring and philanthropic contributions to community schools and organizations that provide pathways to educational and job opportunities illustrating the Venegas family value, “Take care of your community and your community will take care of you.”
Frank Venegas - Chairman + CEO
Loren has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and industrial construction industries. He has project experience in automotive manufacturing, automotive supplier and the institutional sector. In addition, Loren has worked in educational, office, retail and various municipal sectors of the construction industry.
Loren Venegas began his employment with The Ideal Group companies in 1994. Later in 2002, Loren Venegas was appointed President of Ideal Contracting, LLC and The Ideal Group. Ideal Contracting has grown to be one of the largest General Contractors in Michigan, receiving local and national recognition for its service, safety, quality, and innovative construction techniques.
As President, Loren’s primary responsibility is to oversee the general operation of Ideal Contracting. Reporting directly to Frank Venegas, Jr. Ideal Group Chairman & CEO, Loren is accountable for the performance of the Ideal Contracting, LLC management team. During Loren’s tenure with the Ideal Contracting Management Team, the company has developed into an award-winning general contracting firm uniquely qualified to deliver the results that customers desire through Lean Construction Principles. Loren maintains contact with Ideal Contracting’s primary customers. Client satisfaction, as it relates to project delivery and service, is his final responsibility.
Loren Venegas - President
Nick has over 22 years of construction experience and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2013. He has worked in the commercial, healthcare, educational, automotive, and industrial sectors. He has worked for companies with a strong emphasis on self-performed work such as equipment setting, ironwork, concrete, excavation, carpentry, mechanical, and fire protection. Through his “outside the box” thinking, ability to adapt, and relationship building, Nick is able to construct an environment where new ideas flourish and hard work and results are rewarded.
Nick graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management. He is a member of the Eastern Michigan Alumni Association and the Eastern Michigan Constructors and is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED and OSHA’s 30-hour certification. Nick is also a graduate of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business Executive Education Degree.
As Sr. Vice President of Construction, Nick Luxon is responsible for all general contracting and self-perform operations within the company. Nick manages projects through completion by overseeing scheduling, profitability, quality control, safety, and maintaining customer and subcontractor relations. He also develops the Contracting operational team through strategic hiring, monitoring, and mentoring team members, setting protocol, and creating new procedures in the organization for continuous improvement.
Nick Luxon - Sr. Vice President of Construction
Jon has over 36 years of experience in the construction industry and joined Ideal Contracting in September 2002. He has vast experience in effective project management within the sectors of automotive, industrial, commercial, healthcare, and industrial projects. Through his hands-on training at multiple levels within the construction industry, Jon possesses strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, along with the ability to research, analyze, and recommend the best practices for quality assurance.
Jon attended Lawrence Technological University and studied Construction Management. He is a State of Michigan Licensed Professional Builder, a Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Representative, and is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED and OSHA’s 30-hour certification.
As Sr. Vice President, Service Group, Jon Hautau is responsible for the safety, process, quality, and efficiency of Ideal Contracting’s corporate construction management programs. Through his project managers, supervisors, engineering, and self-perform trade teams, Jon ensures projects are delivered within time specifications and cost-constraints while maintaining the highest level standards of safety and quality. Jon also oversees the corporate Safety Department as well as our diversity and internship programs.
Jon Hautau - Sr. Vice President, Service Group
With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Julie joined Ideal Contracting at its inception in 1998. She brought with her significant experience in complex accounting and cost control requirements in the industrial and heavy commercial construction industry. Her extensive knowledge in developing and integrating construction industry cost control systems including implementation and training have helped streamline accounting processes at Ideal Contracting.
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Walsh College, is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association, and has attended multiple risk management seminars.
Julie Pilarski is responsible for Ideal Contracting corporate accounting and project financial information. Julie manages the financial aspects of all Ideal Contracting projects from start to finish including the integration of estimates, job-related expense tracking, processing of supplier and subcontractor invoices, project invoicing, assembly of monthly financials, and any other financial aspect of Ideal Contracting projects. Julie is also responsible for Risk Management at Ideal Contracting, introducing policies and procedures designed to reduce Ideal Contracting’s exposure in relation to insurance coverage and claims, as well as safety and loss control.
Julie Weiss-Pilarski - Controller
Richard Brown has over 16 years of experience in the construction industry and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2014. He has extensive experience with large-scale industrial and manufacturing projects including self-perform and subcontract management in various markets. Richard graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He also obtained a Master of Business Administration from DeVry University. Rich is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED, OSHA’s 10 Hour and OSHA’s 30 Hour certification.
As Vice President of Operations, Richard Brown establishes team relationships and initiates construction manager services on our general contracting and steel projects. Richard administers the project’s progress throughout the program duration and monitors project costs and schedule status. He oversees regularly scheduled team meetings and is available to meet with team members to resolve critical issues whenever deemed necessary.
Richard Brown - Vice President of Operations
Daniel Budnik - Director of Preconstruction
Jonathan Anglin - Director of Safety
Dave Miller - Director of Purchasing & Yard Operations
Stephen Barlow joined the Ideal Contracting team in 2019, bringing over 30 years of construction-related experience. He has worked in the commercial, multifamily, and institutional sectors. As a native of Detroit, Stephen has developed strong relationships and is very well known in the Detroit construction market.
Stephen attended from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Stephen is also a licensed Michigan Real Estate agent.
As Director of Business Development, Stephen Barlow continually identifies, builds and develops new client business within Ideal Contracting’s sectors. He oversees all aspects of the sales process, including the development of opportunity-specific sales strategy, selection of pursuit teams and supervises the entire sales process until the final close of the construction project. Stephen also collaborates with the marketing team to create effective marketing strategies.
Stephen Barlow - Director of Business Development
Patrick Bell has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2017. He has extensive experience in various market segments including, erecting and fabricating structural and miscellaneous steel. Pat graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. He is an AWS Welding inspector and is certified in various safety programs including AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED, and OSHA’s 30-Hour certification.
As Director of Steel Operations, Patrick Bell provides overall administrative and technical direction for major projects within the steel division. He supervises and reviews project management procedures and oversees the total construction effort to ensure that the project is constructed in accordance with design, budget, and schedule. Pat interfaces with owner site representatives, architect representatives, and contractors representing Ideal in project meetings.
Patrick Bell - Director of Steel Operations
Chris Passeri has over 21 years of construction-related experience and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2017. Chris has experience in both project management and estimating roles within the manufacturing construction sector, most of which have been automotive and steel markets. He has worked with carpentry trades, demolition trades, asbestos remediation, earthwork, concrete, and general contracting.
As Chief Estimator, Chris Passeri is responsible for overseeing total preconstruction and construction efforts to ensure projects are constructed in accordance with design, budget, and schedule. He interfaces with owner site representatives, architect representatives, contractors, etc., fostering a sense of community among the project team. Chris continually evaluates all areas of work on the project and makes recommendations to implement the most cost-effective method of operating.
Chris Passeri - Chief Estimator
Supporting business diversity plays a major role in Ideal Contracting’s core values. Through our Supplier Diversity Initiative, Ideal Contracting creates a corporate culture that seeks to build relationships with minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE) and veteran-owned businesses. In this pursuit we continue to expand in the number of M/WBE(s) vendors that we work with, as well as increased total dollars spent with these companies.
Ideal Contracting is proud to be recognized for various awards throughout the industry and in the community. Our reputation has been built on quality, trust and a customer-driven approach and we are humbled to be recognized for our achievements.
2019 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
Michigan AGC Outstanding Safety Performance Award
2018 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
GM Driving Diversity Gold Award
2018 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
Michigan AGC Outstanding Safety Award
2018 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
CAM Safety Achievement Award
2017 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
GM Supplier Impact Gold Award
2016 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
GM Supplier Impact Gold Award
2016 / IDEAL GROUP
FCA Diversity Award, Ideal Group
2016 / IDEAL CONTRACTING
DTE Energy Supplier Diversity Award, Ideal Contracting
2016 / IDEAL GROUP
MHCC High Impact Business Enterprise of the Year
Building Strong Communities
Ideal Contracting is committed to building the Detroit community with a strong concentration on Southwest Detroit. Cadillac Urban Gardens was developed in partnership with General Motors to transform a vacant lot to a beautiful garden with assistance from the local youth in Southwest Detroit. Scarcyny Park and Garden was revitalized in efforts to add an aesthetic value to the neighborhood.
Our founder, Frank Venegas, Jr., is a strong believer in educating and training our youth to prepare them to compete in this global economy. Therefore, he has helped to develop the Corner of Excellence, located on the corner of Vernor and Junction in Southwest Detroit. The Corner of Excellence which includes Holy Redeemer Grade School and Detroit Cristo Rey High School has become the pipeline for STEAM education.
Ideal Contracting is focused on empowering a sustainable community through collaboration with Motor City, General Motors, and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision. The mission of the collaborative volunteer events is to transform blighted places into community spaces.