Mark Goeden is Vice President- Construction, Related Midwest. Mark joined Related Midwest in 2004 to help the company continue its commitment for continuous improvement and purchaser satisfaction. Mark has worked on over 31 different development projects that include the award winning developments 340 On The Park and Roosevelt Square. Mark lead the successful construction of the South Loop Luxury by Related portfolio which was comprised of 504 market rate condominiums in three high rise towers. Currently, Mark is working on the affordable housing portfolio work in the Midwest that has included over 26 different projects comprised of 4,509 apartments and totaling just under a quarter of a billion in construction costs. Mark also oversees the day to day operations of LR Contracting Company, a General Contracting Division of Related Midwest that self performs affordable and market rate construction.
Mark’s leadership and passion for equity, diversity and inclusion has helped Related Midwest become an industry leader and pioneer with creating sustainable careers and growth for small community based businesses. At Related, Mark’s projects over the last ten years have averaged 41.79% (over 100 million dollars) for minority and women businesses participation and 28 out of the 31 projects he has worked on have had no regulatory requirements for MBE/WBE participation. Inclusion on these projects was done voluntarily. These efforts by Related, Mark and his project teams have allowed opportunity for small and emerging community based businesses to participate on high profile projects. In addition, over the past five years, Mark has provided on a weekly basis a small business mentorship program to help provide support for 26 separate companies, of which 15 of them received their first ever contracts to perform work as subcontractors.;
Connecting individuals with a career is another important value Mark invests his time in. Related believes the industry needs to focus on matching individuals with opportunities to have a sustainable career. To provide real opportunity, the work has to continue beyond the one project. Mark continuously advocates for employment opportunities on his project sites and has helped connect over 300 individuals with careers in the construction industry.
Related’s commitment to community investment and Mark’s passion has helped form the foundation for an industry leading program called HIRE360. This new industry wide program includes Chicago's largest developers, general contractors, and local labor unions that creates an innovative, cross-industry partnership designed to create an ecosystem that develops sustainable careers and business ventures for underrepresented individuals by encouraging prime businesses to invest, hire, and empower an inclusive workforce and promote small business development. Mark has been instrumental in the development and planning of this program.
Previous to joining Related Midwest, Mark was an Executive Director of Engineering for Hyatt Hotels where he helped renovate the Hyatt Regency Waikiki and the Hyatt Regency Maui. Both of these major renovations included substantial mechanical and electrical system replacements along with over 2,100 hotel rooms. Mark then went on to help open the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade and stayed on as the Executive Director for three years. Mark is a honors graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technologies-Plant Engineering.