Adam grew up working on the family farm and for his father, building bins and erecting small hoop buildings. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance in 2004, and has been with Macon since the beginning. He and his wife Brittany have four children – three girls and a boy, which takes up most of his free time. In the remaining few minutes he has, he enjoys singing, smoking meats, traveling, the financial markets and spending time with his church family. He is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. He enjoys finding ways to help the company run smoothly and efficiently.
Adam Endress, President
Phil Endress, VP of Sales & Engineering
Phil joined Macon in 2014. He graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 2006, and spent the next 7 years working at Exelon Nuclear as an engineer at LaSalle Station before joining the family business. He and his wife Beth and their four children live in Wyoming, IL and enjoy family time and traveling. He is a coffee connoisseur and enjoys buying green coffee beans from all over the world and roasting them. He is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, where he teaches Sunday School.
Nick Hoerr, Territory Manager
Nick has been a Territory Manager with Macon since 2012, and has been involved in the construction industry his whole life. He grew up working with his dad in the family’s construction company building homes. He spent almost 10 years working as a sales consultant in the ag industry before coming to work for Macon as their territory manager. Nick has been married to his wife Kristen since 2012, and they live with their 3 children in Indianapolis. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and is a Sunday School teacher at his church. He was also very excited to see his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016, 9 days before his son was born. Nick enjoys working with you on the front end of the process, helping you with your design and budget, and seeing your ideas come to fruition.
Brett Stegall, VP of Operations
Brett has been with Macon since the beginning and has been vital to its success. Before taking over his current role as VP of Operations, he managed the concrete and millwright crews in the field, streamlining many of our processes. And some years he has even been able to sleep a few nights in his own bed. Brett, his wife Becky, and their two kids are Tampa Bay Rays fans, and love to travel to different ballparks to watch them. Brett is involved with every aspect of the construction process, and enjoys bringing everything together in a timely manner.
Steve Stoller, Business Advisor
Steve joined Macon in 2015, after spending almost 20 years working in the retirement home industry. He received his B.S. in organizational management from Goshen College. He and his wife of 43+ years have 6 children and 19 grandchildren, so one of his main hobbies is grandfathering. He also enjoys singing, reading, gardening and spending time with his church family. He is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church. Steve uses his extensive experience to work with our employees to navigate their health and retirement
Jason Simerly, Project Manager
Jason was born and raised in L.A. California and moved to Illinois in 1998. Jason joined the Macon team in 2019 and is the newest member of the team. He graduated from Rancho Santiago University in 1997 with a degree in Business Management. He has worked in construction for 15 years and has vast knowledge on what needs to be done. Jason is great at multitasking and is ready to get the job done. He loves spending time with his 3 kids – 2 older daughters and a son, and has been a coach for his children’s sports for 13 years. Jason comes from the small town of Hanna City, IL where he and his children enjoy the small-town living.
Lydia Down, BUSINESS MANAGER & Safety Director
Lydia was born, raised and still resides in Wyoming, IL and she has been with Macon since 2016. She attended Black Hawk College with an emphasis in accounting and served as Treasurer for the City of Wyoming from 2002 to 2010. She then worked on the safety team for a local manufacturer for six years. Lydia is well versed in the area of local, state and federal requirements and strives to ensure that Macon is one of the safest companies to work for. In her spare time she gardens, fishes, cans vegetables, and vacations in Minnesota with her husband and daughter.
MJ Leman, Director Of Marketing
MJ is a marketing and technology executive with over 20 years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and in key strategic roles at Fortune 500 companies. He grew up on a farm in Galva, IL, has an MBA from The Ohio State University, and lives in Chicago where he also holds leadership roles in social impact initiatives.
Benjamin Endress, Majority Owner
Ben grew up working for his dad, a farmer who put up bins during the summer. After high school, he had the opportunity to buy a residential construction company, which eventually grew into a commercial construction company. In 2007 he started the Ag division, renamed it Macon General Contractors, and also partnered with his brothers, Adam and Phil. He and his wife Katie have 10 children, and in his spare time he enjoys camping, playing basketball with his boys and brothers, and reading. He is active in his church, enjoys watching his kids in extracurricular activities, and is a connoisseur of ice cream. Ben’s favorite quote is “If you need a machine and don’t buy it, you will ultimately find that you have paid for it but don’t have it Henry Ford”. Ben enjoys working with dedicated employees, and seeing the team pull together to deliver projects for our customers.
Macon Construction is committed to providing a fulfilling work experience conducive to the well being of our employees. That means we are continually building a workplace culture of safety as priority.
In 2016, we started our annual overnight program, Macon University, for new and returning workers. With more than 500 training hours, Macon University teaches our employees safety and operational policies and procedures beyond OSHA compliance, utilizing knowledge tests and hands-on site training. In addition, we follow our clients’ specific safety policies.
Macon employs certified crane operators and is also a certified rigging contractor. The measures we take to prevent on-the-job injuries translates into value for our customer by avoiding delays and making deadlines.
“It is our goal for each employee to return happy and healthy to their families everyday. Our success comes with commitment to working safely every time.”
— Lydia Down, Safety Director