A Brief History and Professional Credentials: 

In 1994, Glenn Heidbreder developed HEIDBREDER BUILDING GROUP, LLC to focus on high quality craftsmanship, personal service for the home owner, and exceptional construction management in the residential sector. These services include: professional and personal service to each owner/client; attention to detail by understanding the needs and expectations of each owner/client for the specific project; skilled craftsmanship and quality detailing of finishes by our own skilled carpenters; detailed scheduling and coordination of project contractors to ensure a timely completion of the project; providing computer aided design services, line item estimates and billing, and open communication while working within both time and materials contracts, fixed price contracts, or not to exceed budget constraints.

Mission Statement:

We build long lasting relationships with our clients. We provide superior customer service and satisfaction through high quality craftsmanship in construction while actively managing project budget and schedule. Our clients are our best salespeople.

Who We Are:

Glenn Heidbreder, President

Glenn is the President and Founder of HBG and has been active in the construction industry since 1978.  Glenn has an undergraduate degree in Construction Management and Engineering from the prestigious Del Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University.  Additionally, he holds a Masters in Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.


He has developed and authored a training manual entitled "Construction Audit Techniques to Ensure Project Success," and is a member of the Association of Cost Engineers. Glenn has a broad range of experience gained while working for both contractors and owners regionally and internationally. His work includes management positions with Sundt Corp a Construction Management / General Contracting firm and with Kraft General Foods overseeing projects from an owners perspective.


He gained extensive experience managing complex commercial and residential construction projects consisting of 20+ contractors and has a track record of outstanding performance directing and controlling projects and meeting definitive schedules and budgets. Glenn is active in the community and has served on the board of directors of The Lake Forest Club, and the Construction Codes Committee for the City of Lake Forest.


Thomas Kearin, Chief Operations Officer

Tom joined the firm in June 2004 and has been involved in construction for almost 40 years having studied with his father and grandfather, both Master Carpenters. He received his Journeyman Carpenter’s Degree from Washbourne Trade School and worked a variety of residential/commercial projects from historic restoration to glass skyscrapers.


In the 1986 he launched a successful startup on the North Shore winning numerous local and national awards for design, construction, and photography and went on to be named one of the top 50 remodeling contractors in the United States by Remodeling Magazine. Tom then earned a Certified Remodelers Degree from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and remains one of less than one thousand people nation-wide to currently hold this degree. He sold his company in 1999 and he and his family took a well earned sabbatical beside a mountain lake.


Upon returning to the North Shore Tom helped another local builder successfully grow five fold in just 2-1/2 years by streamlining processes and systems and hiring the right people.

Tom has served on the board of directors of the Montessori School of Lake Forest and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry of Greater Chicagoland (NARIGC). Tom is a former member of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers and the Housing Inspection Foundation.

Jim Heidbreder, Vice President

In 2002, Jim joined HBG after successful careers in management consulting, academia, and industry. As management consultant, he helped firms such as 3M, Hewlett-Packard, Whirlpool, CIGNA, and Motorola to improve business processes. For five years, he taught at the Graduate School of Management and before that served as Vice-President, Hospital Product Group, G.D. Searle.


Jim has served on several boards of directors, been a featured speaker for conferences sponsored by Institute of Management Accountants, American Marketing Association, American Electronics Association, Software Users Group, American Productivity and Quality Center, Strategic Planning Institute, and the Healthcare Forum. Jim taught in the Columbia University International Managers Program and Wharton School University of Pennsylvania Business Writers Program. Hewlett-Packard and 3M license to use training materials Jim developed. He has written books on process improvement and negotiation. Jim received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A from the University of Detroit.

At HBG the men and women we work with are more than just our subcontractors, their family!



Heidbreder Building Group L.L.C.

14100 Lambs Lane

Libertyville, IL 60048


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