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Mission Driven

Our Leadership Team

We recognize that we have a voice, and that our mission can only be achieved if we foster a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion that starts at the top.

Sherina Maye Edwards

Sherina Maye Edwards

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Sherina Maye Edwards

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sherina Maye Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of INTREN, joined the company in 2020 having originally served as a member of the board of directors.

Edwards has led INTREN to a significant increase in operational efficiency, cost reductions, and safety excellence, resulting in record-breaking financial results. The company has also expanded its national reach and scale, entered new markets, and grown its personnel to nearly 2,000 dedicated employees located throughout 14 regional offices.

Edwards has held a broad range of leadership roles that provide the breadth of experience and understanding required to lead innovative change. Prior to joining INTREN, she served as an energy and utilities regulatory Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP. Additionally, as the youngest commissioner ever appointed in the State of Illinois, Edwards acquired extensive experience on issues impacting the energy and public utility industry while serving a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) where she was charged with ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable utility service to Illinois consumers.

In 2016, Edwards was appointed by President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Voluntary Information-Sharing System Working Group, where she provided recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on the protection of proprietary and security-sensitive information.

In addition to her extensive involvement with various civic organizations, Edwards is the founder of the Women’s Energy Summit and the Women’s Energy Network of Chicago. She is nationally recognized for championing diversity and inclusion within the utility and energy sector and her leadership led to the creation of the Illinois Utilities Business Diversity Council and the ICC’s Office of Diversity and Community Affairs. Additionally, Edwards serves on the board of directors for SouthWest Water Company.

Edwards is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Law and a cum laude graduate of Spelman College where she received her B.A. in Psychology.


Matthew Turk

Matthew Turk

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Matthew Turk

Chief Operating Officer

Starting in 1991, Matthew has held various leadership roles, recently being named COO in May 2021.

During his tenure, he’s driven the safety culture, customer-focused service, as well as created the mentoring program to bring diversity into the workforce.

Matthew played an integral part in INTREN receiving industry awards: Exelon’s Safety Performance; ComEd’s Diverse Supplier; UCA’s Contractor of the Year. Individually he received El Valor’s Champion Award in 2021.

Matthew serves on the Fundraising Committees for El Valor and Raue Center and is a Trustee on the American Line Builders Chapter of NECA. Matthew was a Director (Contractor Rep) on the Illinois Julie Board from 2010 to 2021.

Matthew earned his B.A. from the University of Dayton, his M.A. from the Catholic University of America, and his C.B.A. from University of the Illinois School of Business. He resides in Crystal Lake with his wife of 36 years, Sheri.

Derek Simon

Derek Simon

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Derek Simon

Chief Financial Officer

Derek joined INTREN in 2012 as a financial analyst. After working in the financial services industry for 2 years at Nuveen Investments, Derek rejoined INTREN in 2016 and became the Chief Financial Officer in 2019.

Derek played an integral role in selling a 49% equity stake in INTREN to One Equity Partners and has been instrumental in advancing the data collection and analytics of the Company. Additionally, Derek has implemented various initiatives to improve the company’s financial performance and has led the Company’s M&A activities.

Derek received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame with majors in Finance and Mathematics. He also was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

Jennifer Ballard Croft

Jennifer Ballard Croft

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Jennifer Ballard Croft

Chief Legal & HR Officer

Jennifer is responsible for leading the strategic direction of INTREN’s legal and human resources organizations which includes managing legal compliance for the company, directing INTREN’s strategic legal initiatives, as well as overseeing talent management, leadership development, compensation, and benefits. Jennifer also executes DE&I strategies for the recruitment and retention of diverse talent and develops policies to foster a culture of inclusion at INTREN.

Most recently, Jennifer was the Chief of Staff and the Chief Diversity Officer for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the nation’s second-largest prosecutor’s office.

Prior to entering public service, Jennifer was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP where she focused her practice in the areas of labor and employment litigation and counseling.

Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor with a certificate in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Economics from Spelman College.

Dennis Bednarski

Dennis Bednarski

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Dennis Bednarski

SVP, Acquisitions

As Senior Vice President, Dennis is responsible for electric and gas operations coast-to-coast of a $600M private equity-owned utility contractor. Dennis’s business strategy is based on “coaching for success”. Key areas of focus are safety, training, efficiencies, customer satisfaction, and workforce development.

Dennis brings a wealth of experience from Municipal Government where he served as the General Manager of Electric Distribution, Water and Fleet to ComEd going from field to Regional Manager. Throughout his career, he has held numerous Union officer positions: Executive Committee and Board of Directors for both Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) and Wisconsin Public Power Incorporated (WPPI), past Chair of the Transmission and Distribution Committee for America Public Power Association (APPA), and numerous other boards and technical schools. He led many successful mergers and acquisitions during his career. Dennis earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National Louis University.

Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes

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Sean Hughes

VP, Safety, Quality & Training

As Vice President of Safety, Quality and Training, Sean oversees the Fleet & Procurement and Safety & Quality departments and is dedicated to making INTREN the measure of excellence within the utility construction industry.

Sean Hughes joined INTREN in 2008 as Project Manager on the ComEd Assess, Treat and Replace (ATR) Program. In 2011 he managed the Cable Replacement Program and in 2013 he was promoted to Senior Project Manager over the entire ATR Program and ComEd Fault Initiative. In 2015 was promoted to ComEd Account Manager where he completed the 5-year scope of work on the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA).

Prior to his current career of 20 years in the electrical industry, Sean served in the U.S. Air Force.

Our Mission

INTREN strives to lead change daily in our company, our industry, and our communities.

Testimonials

"The team did an excellent job meeting our rigorous schedule. Everyone gave 110 percent effort; I can honestly say this is the first job with no last minute fire drills. Everyone met and exceeded their milestones and commitments. I was truly amazed; everyone kept each other on their toes...always looking a couple steps ahead to make sure we had what we needed for the project. I would put this team up against anyone in the industry."


– ComEd –

"I was in a meeting with the city of Cincinnati and the Project Executive for the Street Car and he commented on the Vine Street closure last weekend. He said that he received nothing but praise from the property owners for the work that INTREN did during the closure. Good job."


– Duke Energy –

"We take our hats off to your company and the crew that relined our gas pipe and installed a new main gas valve in our home. The workers were among the most efficient and hardworking people I have seen in my eighty-two years. They were extremely courteous, knowledgeable and timed each step perfectly. They left our property in great condition which we appreciated very much."


– Homeowner in Lutherville, MD –

"Recently an INTREN crew was responsible for restoring our lawns after the Gas Company finished their work. They did a fantastic job. And, at all times were great. Not only was their workmanship very satisfactory, their willingness to do everything to please us was unbelievable. It was a pleasure working with them."


– Homeowner –

"Thank you very much for the outstanding job at Costco St. Charles. This was an especially difficult site job under a very tight schedule. The crew's work in the field, and INTREN's diligence at the coordination meetings were critical to our success with our valued client. I was very impressed with INTREN's performance on this job, and look forward to working with you again in the future."


– Novak Construction –

"The Village of Addison was very pleased with our association during the recent Lake Street road reconstruction. While the burial of the overhead utilities was a large undertaking, the reconnection of the secondary feeders to our commercial residents could have caused us a major problem. Securing your firm to make these connections made the transition transparent."


– The Village of Addison, Dpt. Of Public Works –

"I wanted to thank the team for their tireless work, their knowledge, professionalism and tolerance of difficult weather conditions. They worked from early morning until the evening. I am grateful for INTREN sending this crew and others to help us."


– Homeowner Affected by Hurricane Sandy –

"I wanted to thank the wonderful crew who restored power to Harris Road in Dresher, PA. They answered all of our crazy questions and restored power earlier than expected. We appreciate your hard work. Thank you for helping us in a time of need."


– Homeowner Affected by Hurricane Sandy –

Certified Minority Supplier


Intren is proud to be a certified diverse supplier by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

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