Primo Contractors Incorporated




Jesus Alvarez is the founder and sole owner of Primo Contractors Incorporated (formerly known as 4 Aces Excavation and Concrete).  Jesus is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, from administrative and field operations to all financial decisions.  He personally manages and controls all marketing, business development, strategic planning, decisions regarding insurance, contracts, hiring and firing, estimating and scheduling, and field operations management.  Jesus also oversees the implementation of all company policies and procedures. 


Jesus has been active in new and rehab construction for more than 15 years.  He started in the field as a laborer before personally learning several trades, including carpentry, window installation, concrete installation and finishing, and floor installation.  For the past 10 years, Jesus also developed his field and management skills working as a field supervisor, superintendent and project manager.  He has worked on major public sector projects totaling a combined value of more than $600 million, including work for the City of Chicago Department of Aviation at O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport; the City of Chicago Department of Transportation at various locations in the city; the Cook County construction of the new John Stroger Hospital; the Public Building Commission of Chicago’s construction of the historic Bronzeville Military Academy and other schools; the Chicago Public Schools’ Task Order Improvement Program and the Capital Improvement Program, including the construction of new schools; and work for the Water Reclamation District, and the Museum of Science & Industry.


Jesus has worked extensively in the private sector including complete new construction, rehab,and buildout projects for the Catholic Charities of Chicago, major manufacturing companies such as Hoffmeister Food Products; Riverside Homes, LLC; 51st Street Homes, LLC; and private property owners.  In 2009, Jesus incorporated 4 Aces – recently changing the name to Primo Contractors, Incorporated -- which in the past two years has successfully completed numerous projects in the Chicagoland market. 


Alphonse Gonzales is business development manager of Primo Contractors, Incorporated (formerly 4 Aces Excavation and Concrete).  He reports directly to the owner; his responsibilities include coordinating marketing and business development plans of the company in pursuit of prospective private and institutional clients; and he assists the owner in various internal and external administrative matters. 

Al has been active in industrial, commercial and residential development and construction for more than 27 and he has served as principal and/or project executive in public and private projects of a combined total value of almost $1 B.  He has served clients on the local, regional, statewide and federal level on projects including both new construction and rehabilitation of many office buildings, warehouses, schools, police stations, libraries, hospitals, airports, and numerous civil-projects such as streets, streetscapes, and parking lots.

Al has earned numerous professional course certificates in the areas of construction management, construction financing, real estate development, and finance, including a Construction Management Certificate from the Turner Construction / City of Chicago Construction Management Program, and a Construction Management Certificate from the Morse Diesel Construction/City Colleges of Chicago.  He also became well versed in economic development starting in the early 1990’s when he founded and served as the first executive director of the Mexican American Chamber of Illinois (now the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce).  From 1998 to 2002, Al was a member of the board of directors of a Chicago-based bank; the First Bank of the Americas, a Community Development Financial Institution (certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury).

Al has been a certified and registered instructor teaching and training minority company executives, project managers and field workers seeking the 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Cleanup Operations certification and lead abatement licensing.   In 2011, Al earned a Quality Construction Management (QCQM) Certificate from the United States Army Corp of Engineers.