Founder and Chairman
Frank H. “Bud” Paschen is founder, chairman and the driving force behind F.H. Paschen, S. N. Nielsen and its associated companies. He also serves as the companies’ Chairman of the Board.
Bud started in the construction business at his father’s company, working as a laborer while attending college. After graduating from Northwestern Technical Institute with an engineering degree, he helped build the company into a thriving general contracting firm which grew to be one of the largest firms in Chicago - responsible for such landmark structures as McCormick Place and the IBM Building.
Bud ventured out on his own in 1975, founding his own company which performed primarily remodeling and rehabilitation work in the Chicago area. From a small beginning, with great foresight for emerging markets, and through the acquisition of both S.N. Nielsen Company and Paschen Contractors, Inc., Bud built his company into a multimillion dollar enterprise which now performs in 25 states, and completes projects in commercial, industrial, and civil industries including rail, airport and institutional fields. Presently, F. H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen employs thousands of workers per year, including all phases of the construction industry. One of Bud’s keys to great success is his innate ability to assess future opportunities and to make the correct choices when building on those opportunities.
Bud’s talents involve his great foresight, exceptional entrepreneurial skills and his ability to surround himself with outstanding talent and a dedicated staff. He keeps his finger on the pulse of the company’s every operation yet allows key trusted individuals to develop sound ideas.
In addition to having built a successful company, Bud finds time to give back to the community in such ways as supporting the Chicago Public Schools by being principal for a day and adopting schools which need added support, such as Howland School and the Ace Technical Charter School.