O'Connor Receives Lake County Contractors Association's Lifetime Achievement Award

Words: Dan Kamys

Jim O'Connor, Executive Secretary of the Mason Contractors Association of Greater Chicago and a trustee of the Masonry Advisory Council, was honored with the Lake County Contractors Association's Robert W. MacGruder Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this month. The ceremony was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Mundelein on Dec. 4th. O'Connor, who was presented with the award for a career dedicated to the growth and education of the masonry and brick industry in the greater Chicagoland market, was presented with his award by Jim Allen, President of Bricklayers District Council #1 of Illinois. O’Connor has been very involved during his career, including the following: International Masonry Institute - Board Member (1st non contractor), International Council of Employers to B.A.C. (1st non contractor), Trustee of the Illinois Masonry Institute Promotion Trust/Masonry Advisory Council, Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition -Board Member, MARBA - Committees  Negotiations with the Bricklayers, Laborers and Operating Engineer, Lead Negotiator for Marble Setters and Marble Finishers for Chicago Marble and Granite Dealers Assoc, and a Member of Bricklayer's LMCC Board. "I cannot thank enough of those who helped me throughout my life to get to this point," said O'Connor. "There is not enough time to thank all of the wonderful people, contractors, suppliers, friends, family and co-workers. It takes a village and we have one really special masonry village that has helped me reach this point. "It's a complete honor to have my name associated with Robert MacGruder's and to be noticed for a career I would gladly do all over again without regret," he added.
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