family photo of eric, lisa, orren, and tina pickell
Eric, Lisa, Orren, and Tina Pickell

Family-Owned and Operated

A family-owned and operated business for 40+ years, the Orren Pickell Building Group started from modest roots. As a student at Bradley University, Orren needed to help finance tuition and expenses, so he began a small house-painting business. Around the same time, he met a beautiful young woman named Tina who eventually became his wife, the mother of his three children and his partner in life and business.

Over time, and with Tina’s help, Orren grew his humble home-painting business into the luxury home building and remodeling firm known throughout Chicago and the North Shore today. Orren and Tina have run the company together for the past 40 years with Orren serving as CEO and Tina handling various roles as needed—from accounting to human resources—while consistently spearheading the Pickell Family Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.

A Business Spanning Two Generations

Two of the family’s three grown children are involved in the company’s day-to-day operations.  The family’s eldest child, Lisa Pickell was recently promoted to President of the company, having served for a number of years as its Chief Operating Officer. Working with the company for 21 years, Lisa has not only made her family and the company proud, but she’s also been recognized by her peers in the industry both regionally and nationally; awarded with the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Chicago’s “Remodeler of the Year” Award, honored as one of “40 Under 40” by Professional Remodeler magazine and named one of the “Women in Construction” by Constructech Magazine in 2017.

The family’s youngest, Eric Pickell, leads the firm’s Sales Division, where his extensive knowledge of sales and construction helps ensure the process moves smoothly for all clients. In this position, Eric is responsible for overseeing all Sales and Marketing initiatives as well as handling estimating of remodeling projects from start to finish all the while helping the division grow its market share.

The Pride and Responsibility of a Family Business

The Orren Pickell Building Group has built a reputation for high-quality design and building and excellence in customer service. And as we pride ourselves on operating as a second-generation family business with this reputation, we realize the awesome responsibility in keeping that reputation intact. We must ensure that every home we build, every remodeling project we complete and every client interaction we have is of the highest possible level of quality, integrity and service. Your satisfaction is directly tied to our reputation, which is why we focus on exceeding your expectations, every time. When you family’s name is stamped on every project, you must ensure the quality will endure for generations to come.