Board of Directors

USMCA - Board of Directors - Kenneth M. Webb, Sr., B.A., M.P.A.

Kenneth M. Webb, Sr., B.A., M.P.A.

Kenneth M. Webb Sr. is a retired 32-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Co-founder, and President of Fact Finders Group, Inc., He served in the United States Marine Corps Air Reserve. In most of his Law Enforcement career, he has served in specialized units, which include (Internal Affairs, Organized Crime, and the Patrol Division). He is a licensed Private Detective and Private Security Contractor in the State of Illinois and Indiana. Current Positions: Vice President USMCA, President Echo Foundation. Member Business Leadership Council (BLC), Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), Board of Directors of Chicago State University Alumni Association

USMCA - Board of Directors - Mr. Bernard D. Held, PE, CDT, CCCA

Mr. Bernard D. Held, PE, CDT, CCCA

With Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) since 1976, Bernie is a source of wisdom and guidance for clients and employees alike. Recently passing the baton of leadership as Director of Water Resources, he continues to help our team as an adviser as we continue to improve upon the planning, engineering and management skills that CMT is known to command.  In addition to his engineering work, he has directed CMT’s Human Resources since 2012.


Bernie Held has 41 years of progressive engineering experience in the water and wastewater industry in Illinois. A graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering, he has worked as a resident engineer, design engineer, project engineer, project manager, program manager and principle-in-charge. Held has been leading CMT's planning, design and construction phase services for nearly 20 years. Held has managed multimillion dollar programs for various municipal clients in the Fox River valley. He has designed innovative projects involving CSO treatment in Decatur, a facility producing class A solids in accordance with USEPA 503 regulations, a unique deicing treatment facility at Rockford, and led $28M and $40M water improvement programs for the cities of Aurora and West Chicago, Illinois. He is well versed in regulatory matters in the water industry and through his leadership of CMT’s Human Resources since 2012. He is an active member of the Illinois Water Environment Association and was inducted into the 5S honor society of the organization in 2017.  He is a sitting member of the Miner Alumni Association Board at his alma mater.


Held has four grown children and thirteen grandchildren.


His motto is “do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason”.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Navjot Bajwa

Navjot Bajwa

Navjot Bajwa is President and CEO of Ocean Mist Inc., which specializes in hauling construction materials, demolition and excavation throughout the Chicagoland area. Navjot holds a First Class Bachelor Degree in Arts from GUND University. After graduation, she received her Commercial Pilot License and Flight Instructor rating from the Government of India Civil Aviation Department.  In 1996 she became the first Indian Women Pilot Instructor in charge of a Flying Academy.

In 2013, Navjot received the Minority Contractor of the Year award from U.S. Suburban Minority Contractors Association and in 2014 she received honorable mention as Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Recently Ocean Mist was recognized by Mayor Emanuel as an example of a fast growing business in the Chicago area at the DPS Construction Summit. In addition, Navjot was selected by Golden Sachs and Bloomberg LP to coach high growth companies in the U.S.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Elmer Rhodes

Elmer Rhodes

Elmer Rhodes, President of Cross Rhodes Reprographics, has been in the design construction printing industry for over 30 years serving Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana.  As a pioneer to the Reprographic network, he has helped hundreds of clients to adopt Document Management best practices that has saved his clients time and money.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson, President/CEO of Aseret Development Series LLC dba THJ Construction, has over nine years of experience in project management, construction management, and interior design. Teresa has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Business Administration from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management; and an Associate Degree in Kitchen/Bath Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Teresa is the USMCA Chairperson of the West Town Chapter, Chairperson of the Manpower Committee, and Task Force Committee.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Michael Trimuel

Michael Trimuel

Michael Trimuel is President and CEO of Trim’s Trucking, Inc. which is an Illinois-based MBE/DBE Certified trucking company servicing the entire Chicagoland area.  Michael established Trim’s Trucking, Inc. over 25 years ago.  The company is now a fully-equipped trucking company with over 30 years of expertise in the trucking and construction industry.

Trim’s Trucking, Inc. is a recognized entity with the U.S. Department of Transportation, The Illinois Commerce Commission, and Dunn & Bradstreet. The company has been MBE/DBE certified by the State of Illinois, BEP, the City of Chicago, METRA, CTA, and IDOT since 2002.

Michael Trimuel is dedicated to serving and giving back to those less fortunate by donating time and resources to various non-profit organizations. He is also known for providing great leadership and mentorship to business owners who are new to the construction and trucking industry.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Mr. Chetan Kale, P.E.

Mr. Chetan Kale, P.E.

Mr Chetan Kale is the founder and principal of Kaletech, LLC. Before starting his own company Mr Kale has worked extensively on major civil engineering projects in Chicago land area. Mr Kale has over 20 plus years of experience in all facets of Civil Engineering 
Mr Kale was part of the design team for a major runway expansion project at O’Hare International Airport. He has also worked on the Masterplan studies with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
His design experience includes Water Treatment Plant Design, Storm Sewer modeling, Energy Neutrality Studies, Drainage design, Sanitary Sewer study, Sewage Treatment plant studies and Industrial Waste treatment.  
He has a B.S in Civil engineering from University of Mumbai (VJTI) India and MS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago specializing in Environmental engineering.
Chetan Kale is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. He is also a LEED accredited professional and has worked on Gas & Energy projects assisting contractors who were pursuing LEED certification. 

Professional Affiliations:
Chetan Kale is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, President of Architecture, Engineering and IT division US-Minority Contractors Association. 

USMCA - Board of Directors - Michael Houston

Michael Houston

Michael A. Houston, CCM, LEED, AP BD & C is Vice President of Institutional Operations at Ardmore Associates. Michael has more than 20 years of experience in construction management and leads Ardmore's Institutional and Buildings Group. This challenging role allows him to concentrate his passion on managing the firm's vertical projects-public buildings, educational facilities, commercial properties and hospitals and clinics. In his management position he provides operational leadership and relationship development among industry peers and clients.

USMCA - Board of Directors - Harsh Muthal

Harsh Muthal

Harsh is an entrepreneur and management professional. He owns a business strategy consulting firm, Biz Mantra Inc. out of Chicago, ILLINOIS. His firm focusses on consulting and advisory in Business Strategy, Revenue Growth, Financial Turnarounds, M&A and Executive Coaching. Biz Mantra also assists technology entrepreneurs in incubating and bringing to market new products. Prior to starting his consulting firm in 2012, Harsh was Telecom Industry Leader for North America at IBM.

Harsh has over 30 years of national and international experience in general management and sales in Information Technology and Technology driven industries. During this time, he has worked for global corporations like UniLever, Motorola and IBM.

Harsh co- founded and managed Meadowood Global Services a consulting firm in mid-nineties and took it to a successful acquisition. As CEO of Meadowood he consulted with Motorola, AT&T, GE Medical, MetLife and Reliance Industries.

Harsh currently is a member of the Board of Directors at, Monjin Corp, Amled Technologies Inc, Hedgeness LLC and the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteers his time as a SCORE certified mentor for mentoring budding entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium scale industries.