Michael J. Uremovich, president of Great Lakes Energy Consultants, LLC, Manhattan, Ill., began his term as national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Jan. 1, 2011. Uremovich leads ABC’s executive committee and board of directors, guides the association’s national initiatives and serves as its spokesperson.
He previously served as ABC’s Region 2 vice chairman representing members and chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In 2005, ABC presented Uremovich with its prestigious Grassroots Member of Year Award. Great Lakes Energy Consultants provides industrial construction clients with expertise in planning and scheduling, reliability improvement, development of a multi-craft workforce and improving safety processes and performance. Before launching Great Lakes Energy Consultants in November 2010, Uremovich was CEO and chairman of the board of STARCON International, Manhattan, Ill., the industrial and mechanical contracting firm he founded in 1983, specializing in servicing the petrochemical industry. STARCON is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cianbro Corporation.
Uremovich currently holds two U.S. patents for devices associated with the oil and petrochemical industry.
In the last session of Congress, members of both the Senate and House spoke loudly and clearly through their actions on various pieces of legislation, including the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA would have eliminated the secret ballot in union organizing elections and given to government arbitrators the authority to determine wages and other terms and conditions of employment.