Clayco Expands its Communication Marketing Efforts with New Chief Communications Officer

January 15, 2019

CHICAGO, IL – Clayco, a full-service turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm, announced today the expansion of their communication and marketing team with the hiring of Jessica Herrala as Chief Communications Officer.

Herrala is responsible for leading team growth efforts and managing the Clayco brand as well as the sales and marketing process for the entire  Clayco enterprise, including all subsidiaries. Jessica is a 20-plus year veteran of the architecture, engineering, construction and development industry in senior level roles including communications, public affairs, marketing, business development, change management and strategic planning. Prior to joining Clayco she was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at The Walsh Group. She also served as Head of Public Affairs, Communications & Marketing at Skanska USA for more than 16 years.

“As Clayco continues to grow, we feel it’s important to assemble a leadership team that exemplifies the values that helped make Clayco what it is today,” said CEO Bob Clark. “Jessica is another illustration of how we employ the best and brightest in our industry.”

Shortly after joining, Jessica brought on three new directors who each manage different business lines of the Clayco enterprise: Mia Sissac, Oliver Muenz-Winkler and Shelby Kroeger all report directly to Herrala. She and her team of nearly 20 multi-disciplined communications and marketing professionals are focused on customers and transparent communication across all stakeholders.

Mia Sissac is the Director of Communications for CRG, Clayco’s privately-held commercial real estate development company. Sissac comes to CRG from the City of Chicago (COPA), where served as Deputy Chief Administrator – Public Information Officer. Prior to that she was SVP of Corporate Communications at Commonground/MGS and also spent seven years at DDB Worldwide as the Director of Communications.

Oliver Muenz-Winkler is the Director of Communications for Clayco’s Industrial Construction division.  Muenz-Winkler comes to Clayco from HLK, where he was Marketing Manager responsible for the implementation and execution of all key HLK branded marketing initiatives. Oliver earned his Bachelor’s in Communication with a focus in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Louisville.

Shelby R. Kroeger joined as Director of Communicatons for Clayco’s architectural division – including BatesForum and The Lamar Johnson Collaborative award-winning architecture and design firms. Kroeger joins Clayco from HED (Harley Ellis Devereaux) where she served as Communications Director responsible for the overall marketing operations of the firm including people management,website, proposals, public relations and pursuit strategies.

Clayco moved its headquarters to the Chicago loop from St. Louis in 2013 to better serve their clients and further diversify the talent base. Today the company provides fast-track, efficient solutions in North America for commercial, institutional, industrial and residential building projects, employs more than 2,000 team members across the nation and has over $2.5 billion in annual revenue.

About Clayco
Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With over $2 billion in revenue for 2017, Clayco specializes in the “art and science of building,” providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects. For more information visit

About CRG
CRG is Clayco’s private real estate development firm that acquires, develops, and operates real estate assets. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Newport Beach and Philadelphia, the CRG team has developed more than 5,000 acres of land and delivered over 160 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and multi-family assets exceeding $9 billion in value. For more information visit

About BatesForum
BatesForum is a full-service design and technology firm founded on the principle of creating a single forum that would bring together all of the capabilities of the master builder in a collaborative, creative, and inclusive process.Beyond the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Design, our team boasts world-class talent in Workplace Strategy, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design. For more information visit

About The Lamar Johnson Collaborative
Lamar Johnson Collaborative was founded in August of 2017 when entrepreneurs Lamar and Lisa Johnson had an idea to bring together the best people they’d worked with in the architecture industry to create a firm that offers broad expertise with the intention of better serving clients. For more information visit