Employee Spotlight | Joshua Cox

Western would like to recognize Joshua Cox as our Employee Spotlight.

Kudos, Joshua—and thank you for being a valued member of the Western team!

Q&A with Joshua Cox


What is your role at Western?

I am the Sr. Superintendent of Chicago Concrete. I oversee Production, Quality, Safety, and the continuous development of our Field Staff. Providing them the support they need to ensure we are exceeding our customers’ expectations in a safe and effective manner.


What do you like most about Western?

The obvious answer to this question would be The Company Culture, and that is a testament to what has been built from the top down in the 107-year history. But what I LIKE most about Western is the fact that,

  • I LIKE my job!
  • I LIKE coming to work everyday collaborating with my team.
  • I LIKE that no two days of work are ever the same.


What are three words to describe Western?

  • Consistency— In which I believe is our skeleton key that allows us to unlock many doors.
  • Optimistic— We practice optimism and preach its benefits.
  • and X-Factor— The Quality and Uniqueness we can offer our customers on a day-to-day basis can set us apart from our competition.


What is your proudest moment at Western?

I would say my proudest moment came in 2015 after accepting the Role of Superintendent to help revitalize the Chicago Concrete branch along with an outstanding team previously assembled, that year we went on to win our companies most prestigious “George Bishop Branch of the Year” Award. However, being able to sustain that momentum and establish success on an annual basis is something our team takes most pride in.


What has been your favorite project at Western?

I have worked on a lot of “favorite” projects. But one that comes to mind most recently would be Extra Storage Space, we were presented with the exciting task of repairing a large amount of overhead concrete repairs above occupied personal storage belonging. We attacked this challenge head on, utilized a process that the industry rarely incorporates and were able to complete the project with minimal interruption to our customer's business.


How did you first learn about Western?

Interesting story, I first learned of Western back in 2007 over a game of Golden Tee, where I set out to beat Carter Pogue at a local South St. Louis establishment, Carter stated he was looking to hire a good hand for only a couple weeks if I was interested. Here I am 15 years later……. still trying to beat Carter Pogue.


What advice do you have for prospective Western candidates?

I would advise them to absorb everything they can from others around them. Restoration is a unique knowledge on its own. There is no way to overestimate the importance from learning from others experience and wisdom.


What have you gained from Working at Western?

Along with structure, self-discipline, and many friendships. I think I can personally say I’ve gained almost everything in my life from working at Western, being that during the relocation process from St. Louis. I happened to meet my wife at the airport on my first house-hunting trip to Chicago. We’ve recently built our first house in the last couple years and have added two beautiful children to the mix.


What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Western?

What everybody else wants, continued professional Growth and Success within the company. I would like to expand my role while maintaining a healthy and happy work-life balance.


What about you? What do you personally enjoy?

Aside from my love for Cardinals Baseball & Formula 1 Racing, I’m passionate about self-development and self-improvement in my personal life. I’m always looking to challenge myself and learn new things, to become a better leader, father, and overall better person. I’m currently training to run my first marathon, not because I like running, but just to challenge myself.

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Josh has always done a great job leading our field team here at our Chicago Concrete Branch. He holds his team accountable for working safely and has always put an emphasis on quality of work for our customers. We really appreciate [Josh] for what he does for our team.

Justin Berndt
Midwest Region Manager | Chicago, IL
Western Specialty Contractors

ICRI 40 Under 40 Award

(St. Louis, MO, April 8, 2022) – The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), the only association in the concrete industry devoted solely to repair and restoration, recently announced the winners of its 40 Under 40 Award. Western Specialty Contractors is proud to announce that Steve Genovese, Senior Branch Manager of its Chicago Branch, was among the announced winners.

This year’s 40 Under 40 winners were recognized at the ICRI’s 2022 Spring Convention, April 4-6, in Baltimore, MD. The prestigious award recognizes 40 individuals who exemplify dedication to the concrete repair industry. A peer-nominated award, the ICRI 40 Under 40 recognizes individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to continued professional growth, high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and a strong passion for – and commitment to – the mission of ICRI.

“It is a great privilege to be recognized by my industry peers for this award. I am thankful for all the relationships that I have made and continue to make during my 16+ years in this industry while being an active ICRI member. ICRI has been a key component in developing my industry knowledge throughout my career.”

– Steve Genovese, Recipient of ICRI's 40 Under 40 Award & Chicago Senior Branch Manager

Genovese started with Western in 2006 as an Asst. Sales/Project Manager then promoted to Sales/Project Manager in 2008 and Department Manager in 2013. He was named Western’s Chicago Branch Manager in 2016. 

He has been an active member of the Illinois ICRI Chapter since 2007 and served as the chapter’s president in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Illinois State University and an Associate in Arts from Triton College. 

In 2021, the ICRI honored Western’s Chicago Branch with a “Project of the Year” award for its concrete restoration work at Extra Space Storage in Chicago. The project was selected for its unique construction challenges and historical significance. Western made slab underside concrete repairs throughout the 1900s building and slab topside repairs on the building’s ramps and parking surfaces. Western also applied a traffic bearing membrane to all the vehicular traffic surfaces in the three-story building, which previously stored the Chicago Tribune’s delivery trucks.

Western’s Minneapolis Assistant Branch Manager David Grandbois was named an ICRI 40 Under 40 in 2020, the award’s inaugural year. Project Manager Tony Marchiafava of Western’s Minneapolis Branch and Derek Robertson of its New York Branch also received the award in 2021.  

About Western Specialty Contractors

Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, Western Specialty Contractors is the nation’s largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, waterproofing, and specialty roofing. Western offers a nationwide network of expertise that building owners, engineers, architects, and property managers can count on to develop cost-effective, corrective measures that can add years of useful life to a variety of structures, including industrial, commercial, healthcare, historic, educational and government buildings, parking structures, and sports stadiums. Western is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with 30 branch offices nationwide and employs more than 1,200 salaried and hourly professionals who offer the best, time-tested techniques and innovative technology. For more information about Western Specialty Contractors, visit https://WesternSpecialtyContractors.com.