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Tom Rivkin

Tom Rivkin, President and Managing Principal

Tom Rivkin is his family’s third generation President of Central Building & Preservation L.P.. He is responsible for management of all administrative and operational services including customer contact, estimating and job planning and supervision. A past president of the Tuckpointing Contractors Association of Chicago, he has served as an officer of the organization since 1993, and chaired its negotiating committee. He has served as Chairman of Tuckpointers Local 52 Pension Fund since 1994 and continues to chair a number of important fund committees. Tom is a licensed Masonry Contractor in the City of Chicago. Tom is a member of the Apartment Building Owners and Managers Association (ABOMA). Tom has been a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) since 2005 and has served in multiple leadership roles in YPO including Chair of the Chicagoland Chapter. He is very active in community service work, currently serving on multiple boards including The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), and is a Trustee with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Tom is a past President of The Standard Club in Chicago. He graduated from Duke University and received a Masters of Management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

Tom Powers

Tom Powers, Vice-President and Principal

Tom began his employment at Central Building & Preservation in 1979 and became a Partner in 1992. He is responsible for planning, directing and supervising field operations and is an expert in complex rigging and in masonry repair and restoration, including brick and terra cotta repair; structural supporting steel restoration; concrete restoration and sealant application and replacement. He has a loyal following of clients who depend upon his analyses and recommendations. Tom serves on the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings which advises the City of Chicago on a multitude of issues dealing with high rise structures. Tom is past President of LaGrange Country Club. Tom is a Licensed Masonry Contractor in the City of Chicago. Tom graduated from Iowa State University College of Engineering and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1974.


Mark Kuberski, Vice-President and Principal

Mark, a licensed Professional Engineer, began his employment at Central in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. As an expert in building materials, structural systems, and design of historic buildings, he has been responsible for such notable projects as the cornice restoration on the landmark Marquette Building and reconstruction of historic Chicago area church bell towers. His current responsibilities include estimating, planning and supervising masonry restoration projects throughout Chicago. He frequently consults with project architects and engineers to solve complex structural and architectural problems associated with deteriorated building facades. Mark received BSCE and MSCE degrees, with Honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was previously employed by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates from 1987-2000, where he performed country-wide structural and architectural investigations and evaluations of historic skyscrapers. With his unique background on both the engineering and contracting sides of construction, Mark has given numerous presentations to various professional organizations on a Contractor’s perspective to engineering solutions.


Dan Schuman, Vice-President and Principal

Dan began his employment at Central in 2005 following his studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. At the University of Illinois, Dan received his B.S. degree in General Engineering with areas of concentration in Structures and Construction Management. Dan's current responsibilities include servicing customers' accounts, project management and estimating, and the supervision of façade repair and restoration work. Dan has developed a loyal and diverse client base, and has managed projects on multi-unit residential properties, industrial and commercial facilities, hospitals, schools and religious establishments throughout Chicago and the surrounding Suburban areas. Dan's engineering and technical background, combined with his project management abilities, make him a versatile part of any project team. Dan is currently a member of Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP) and the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).

Key Staff

Charles Rivkin

Charles Rivkin

Chuck served as CEO and Operating Partner of Central Building & Preservation and its predecessor Central Building & Cleaning Co. from 1960 to 2000 and continues to serve as an advisor to the company and as a consultant to its clients. He is involved in performing on-site evaluations and reviews, including on historic structures. Chuck also provides legal analysis and expert testimony in matters involving exterior construction, repair, weatherproofing, masonry restoration and rehabilitation. He has written for trade and industry publications and has served on and chaired key committees of the boards of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and numerous industry and community service organizations. Chuck served as the historic preservation consultant for the Phase 1 Rehabilitation of Fort Sheridan and has also consulted on the Landmarked Playboy Mansion and Water Tower Place. Chuck earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University Law School and is a member of the Illinois Bar.


Ryan Cook

Ryan began his employment at Central Building & Preservation in 2010. His current responsibilities include estimating, planning, scheduling and supervising masonry restoration projects in and around Chicago. Ryan managed the daily on-site operations of Central's notable restoration of Randolph Tower at 188 West Randolph Street, which included the removal and replacement/resetting of over 40,000 pieces of terra cotta in an aggressive 24 month schedule. During the project, Ryan supervised over fifty tradesmen, coordinated Central's work with the building's interior general contractor, and helped Central personnel maneuver amongst cumbersome site logistics. Previous to Ryan's employment at Central Building, he spent ten years as a construction project manager successfully overseeing the day to day management of over $320 million in new construction in Chicago. Ryan's experience working directly with Owners, Architects and Engineers on multiple high profile projects gives him a professionalism today's clients seek. Ryan graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1999.