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Jose Duarte


1535 N. Lawndale
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: (773) 822-8289

Jose Duarte

Board Member

Jose, a lifelong Chicagoan, founded Blackwood Group LLC, a complete service general contracting and design build firm in 2006.  Jose has over twenty years’ experience in engineering, program management, and construction management.  Despite the economic downturn starting in 2008, Jose has delivered consistent revenue and capacity growth, currently oversees multi-million dollar commercial, mixed use, and residential projects throughout the Chicagoland area.  Jose’s portfolio of experience include midrise condo and townhome construction projects, restaurant buildouts for corporate clients, medical and dental facility construction, office buildouts, and residential new construction and major renovations.

Jose currently serves as Board Member for the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA), Board Member of the HACIA’s Scholarship & Education Foundation, and was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as a Board Member for the City of Chicago Building Board of Appeals.

Jose holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Project Management from Northwestern University. Jose is also a LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Accredited Professional since 2009, and a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois since 2001

During Jose’s downtime, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Grace, and his two children; Elysia and Daniel.

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