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April Member of the Month

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Fourth Friday Feature: "Web Conferencing and Online Meetings: Tips, Tricks, Gotchas and NEVERs"

Friday, April 24, 2020

The USMCA is starting a new series of short presentations for members around issues you may run into with our current business and contracting environment. Our goal is to keep these short and relevant at around 15 minutes of presentation followed by a Q&A period because we know you have a lot on your plate and a lot of things competing for your attention. These will happen live on the fourth Friday of each month at Noon Central, but we're planning to record the sessions and make them available later for those who aren't able to make it. 

Our first session is "Web Conferencing and Online Meetings: Tips, Tricks, Gotchas and NEVERs" presented by Alan Miller, CTO of USMCA. Alan will be covering important items for looking both good and professional in meetings, attending meetings using mobile devices instead of laptops/desktops, useful features of Zoom and some other popular conferencing options, starting or scheduling your own meetings, and using text chat and Q&A features for side discussions.

Click on the link listed below to register!


POSTPONED- 3rd Annual USMCA Construction Tech Day Fundraiser

USMCA - News & Events - POSTPONED- 3rd Annual USMCA Construction Tech Day Fundraiser
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Café La Cave Banquet Facility, 2777 Mannheim Road Des Plaines, IL 60018

This year’s Theme: “Transformative Technologies in the Construction Industry” seeks to capture the newest digital design, construction and information technology tools in the construction industry. As in the past, this year’s conference is organized and sponsored by the United States Minority Contractors Association (USMCA), Architectural Engineering and Technology Division along with the STEM Education Foundation (501C3). Engineering and construction firms seem to find themselves constantly trying to navigate through transformative changes driven by technology. AEC firms will find the conference structured to meet their needs through a renown keynote speaker, distinguished panelists and industry leading exhibitors.

Thursday, April 9th, 2020
  • Registration opens at 8:00 AM
  • 9:00 AM Program Begins
  • 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Networking\Cocktail Hour (Exhibitor Space open)

  • Legal Implications of Tech in Construction Project Site Technology
  • Meeting Your Diversity Goals in an Evolving Technology Industry
  • Cybersecurity Technology/Digital Techniques for Brand Protection
  • Reality Capture
  • Leveraging Multiple Technologies to Create Great Projects
  • Reality Capture, Project Software for the Field, Tech for Safety, AR-VR and Everything in Between
  • Tech in Your Construction Business, MBE Diversity, and More!

Register Now!

Member of the Month

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“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” — Harold S. Geneen.

Joanna is the Founder and CEO of Guepard Group, Corp. Woman owned construction firm. She is versatile, results-oriented, Entrepreneur Construction professional with over 25 years outstanding ability to direct contraction operations including architecture/interior design, operations/ analytics, project controls, quality assurance, craft supervision, material expediting, and all other project administration including planning, scheduling, health and safety programs, purchase agreements and contract administration. Her area of experience include: commercial interiors, multi-family, condo and mixed-use developments, public works and ground-up luxury homes.
Joanna continued her formal education at Loyola University in Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing with a minor in Political Science; followed by Associate’s degree in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, where she participated in studies abroad in Italy. Currently, Joanna is perusing a Master’s of Science at McCormick School of Engineering in Northwestern University, Evanston in a program: Executive Management for Design and Construction.
Joanna’s Accomplishments are not limited to Golden Alumni Association for Loyola University 2015;  National Leadership Award, Honorary Chairman of Business Advisory Council;  Who is Who in Executives and Professionals in 2000. She has published two editorials in Chicago Home book 5th & 6th edition. Most notable project to date is the 38 unit condo development in the City of Chicago that was featured on the program “What you get for the Money” in Chicago for $200,000 and this project was also featured in Cavalcade of Homes for the City of Chicago. Provided affordable housing through CPAN project in Chicago and Community Lake Partners in Lake County.
Activities that are near Joanna’s heart are USMCA - U.S. Minority Contractor Association, Board Member of the Northland Chapter and REIED; Women Business Development Center; BuiltWorlds - Industry platform. Also, Joanna is an assistant coach and founder of non-for-profit soccer club for boys 9-11 year old boys, Guepard Football Club.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence than, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Will Duran (Not Aristotle)

Guepard Group, Corp.
Construction Firm 
WBE for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. 
HUD- U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Section 3

117 S. Cook Street, Suite 117, Barrington, IL 60010
O|F: 847.387.3518|C: 224.723.3988 |


The USMCA is proud to honor our latest January 2020 Member of the month, Guepard Group, Corp.

Member of the Month

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R.E.A. Masonry, LLC was founded in 2016 by Chicago native and owner Richard
Ates. Richard is a 19 year member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Local 21. R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is a licensed, bonded, and insured contractor
servicing the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is a MBE
and DBE Certified firm holding certifications with various municipalities and
agencies. We are Signatory with both The Bricklayers and Tuck-Pointers Unions,
R.E.A. Masonry, LLC is on the move. We specialize in residential, commercial, and
restorative masonry. Whether it’s lintel replacements, chimney repair, or a new
structure R.E.A. Masonry, LLC can deliver.

1. CTA Greenline Historic Restoration Project: Walsh Construction
2. Cook County Hospital Redevelopment: Walsh Construction
3. O’Hare Airport American Airlines FP Project: F.H. Paschen

1. Guaranteed Rate Field: Exterior Facade Cleaning
2. UIC Cloisters Project: Facade Restoration (Stone
Removal and Installation): University of Chicago
3. CHA Las America Apartments: Interior Masonry
Demo and Rebuild: Chicago Housing Authority
4. Lafayette Steel: Interior CMU Demo and Lintel Installation: GMA Construction
5. CPS JOC Program: Infinity High School, Claremont High School: F.H. Paschen

NAICS: 238140, NIGP: 91455 , CAGE: 7VGRO

Interior & Exterior Inspections
Tuck Pointing
Brick Repair and Replacement
Stone Repair and Replacement
Parapet Demo & Rebuild
Lintel Repair and Replacement
Chimney Repair & Rebuild
New Brick Walls
New CMU Walls
Brick Veneer

R.E.A. Masonry, LLC
8401 S. Peoria St
Chicago IL, 60620

Technical Assistance Powered by the Illinois Tollway

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Participants will receive comprehensive, customized
business development assistance to build financial
understanding and business plans for increased
stability and growth in the transportation-related
construction industry. Services are customized to
the assessed strengths, challenges and needs of
participating firms. This includes education, guidance
and feedback on general business and constructionspecific operations, including strategic planning
and assistance with the Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) pre-qualification application.
Programs are either self-paced (participants
determine how quickly the program is completed)
or cohort-based (a group setting that invites a
collaborative learning environment).