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3rd Annual USMCA Construction Tech Day Fundraiser

USMCA - News & Events - 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!

November Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - November Member of the Month

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

Investor Seminar

June 14th, 2019
F.H. Paschen Headquarters 5515 North East River Road 2nd Floor Conference Room Chicago, IL 60631

  • Real Estate Development Financing
  • Acquisition of Cook County Land Bank properties
  • General Contracting Services on Commercial & Residential properties

Cook County Land Bank, Cook County Housing Authority and Lake County Housing Authority have been invited to participate in a Strategic Round Table discussion.

Hon. Bridget Gainer [10th District-Cook County Board of Commissioners] will be giving
opening statements and remarks.


Technical Assistance Powered by the Illinois Tollway

USMCA - News & Events - Technical Assistance Powered by the Illinois Tollway


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).


2nd Annual Construction Tech & VD Conference

Thursday April 11th, 2019
Belvedere Banquet Hall 1170 W Devon Ave Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Our program will be an open discussion and networking format with expert exhibitors between contracting firm panelists and all participants. Anyone on your team charged with implementation of construction technology and virtual design will find this event beneficial. USMCA’s Construction Technology and Virtual Design Conference blends the perspective of general and specialty contractors during four (4) 60-minute sessions. These topics are our roadmap, however we welcome “detours and scenic roads” encountered during our open discussion. Potential Continuing Education Credits may be granted.


May Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - May Business of the Month

Penn Services was founded in Palatine, IL in 2008 by John Wilson, a University of Pennsylvania graduate from the prestigious Wharton School of Business. With 20 years of management experience, John is well versed in many areas of construction and truly understands the “management side” of running a business.

In 2013 Penn continued its growth strategy by opening a St. Louis office and expanding its service offerings. Penn currently specializes in the erection of structural steel, miscellaneous metals and ornamental iron as well curtain wall and window wall installation. In addition, Penn provides complimentary fabrication services for large fabricators. Our 10,000 square foot fabrication facility allows us to provide miscellaneous steel services including welding, connections and miscellaneous plate fabrication.

Penn is a MBE/DBE certified company in Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin and is signatory to the Ironworkers, Carpenters and Laborers union. In 2016 Penn was named the Contractor of the Year for the City of St. Louis and in 2013, Penn was named Contractor of the Year for US Minority Contractors Association. Penn is known for the quality of its work and its ability to handle the more difficult jobs and welcome projects that range in size from $500 to $10M.

Penn has been involved in various projects that include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Cook County Hospital – Curtainwall 2018
  • American Airlines Hangar – Steel 2018

  • Pfizer Headquarters – Curtainwall 2018
  • Washington University – Steel 2018
  • BJC Hospital – Steel 2018
  • Deerfield H.S. – Steel , Handrail 2017
  • STL Arch Museum – Steel, Glass Handrails 2017
  • 300 South Riverside – Curtainwall 2017
  • Conrad Hotel – Steel 2017
  • Ameren – Steel 2017
  • Siteman Cancer Center – Steel 2017

Penn’s goals are simple: provide an exceptional product, exceed the customer’s expectations, strive to meet the highest safety standards and be competitive in the marketplace.

You can contact Mr. John Wilson at (847) 312 – 0654 or email at

USMCA Technology Day- Business Expo

Wednesday April 25, 2018
Ashyana Banquets,1620 75th Street Downers Grove, IL 60516

USMCA Technology Day | Proudly Powered by HP

Spend an afternoon learning construction technology best practices

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

1:00 p.m. – Registration Opens

1:30 pm – Program Begins

Includes learning sessions, networking time, exhibitor demos

6:00 pm - food and beverages!

Our program will be an open discussion between contracting firm panelists and all participants. Anyone on your team charged with implementation of construction technology will find this event beneficial. USMCA Technology Day powered by HP blends the perspective of general and specialty contractors during four 30-minute sessions. These topics are our roadmap, however, we welcome “detours and scenic roads” encountered during our open discussion.

Registration: USMCA Members - $25.00 Non-Members - $75.00

Lineup for USMCA Technology Day Powered by HP

Keynote Speaker to be announced.

  • BIM Coordination Meeting Panel Discussion: Moderated by Ron Perkins, President, Jobsite Tech Group
  • Jobsite Technology Panel Discussion: Moderated by Ron Perkins, President, Jobsite Tech Group
  • As-Builts to VR: uses for Laser Scanning and Virtual Realty
  • New Technologies in Cyber Security and Digital Media Marketing Panel Discussion: Moderated by Kenneth M. Webb, Sr. 

For more information contact Ashley Washington at

 847-852-5010 or

Eventbrite - USMCA Technology Day-Business Expo

March Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - March Business of the Month

We’re proud to announce USMCA, March 2018 Business of the Month: AmLed Technologies.
AmLED Technologies, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing of industrial and commercial LED Lighting for indoor and outdoor usage. Our Products are designed,developed and assembled on American soil in Itasca,IL
Amled Products are known for:
-High Energy Efficiency
-Stable Performance
-Ease of Installation
-Adaptive and Smart Controls

Some of our key product offerings include: 
-Universal Wall Mount Led Fixtures
-Smart LED Street Lights
-Smart LED High Bay/Low Bay Lights
-Led Canopy LED Fixtures
-LED Pole Light Fixtures
-Smart LED Horticultural Lights

Project Highlights
  • Sutton Ford Exterior LED lighting upgrade. Nominated foremost Green Ford Dealership in the Nation. The company proudly declared that full Return On Investment was achieved in 9 months
  • RS Fuels. Ongoing Interior and exterior LED Lighting upgrade covering the Chicagoland area. Approximately 50 fuel stations have been completed for this customer
  • Rock Island Gun auction/Nor kev Hangar Quad Cities airport

  • MBE in Progress
  •  USMCA member of the month of March 2018
  • 5 US Patents
541490-Lighting Design Service
335129-Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
334512-Lighting Controls
423610-Lighting Fixtures
335122-Commercial Lighting Manufacturing    
                     Contact information
1035 N Hilltop Dr ,Itasca IL 60143
  Ph: 708-926-2260 Fax :708-272-7221 
 Email :

February Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - February Business of the Month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, February 2018 Business of the Month: Black Dog Corp.

Black Dog Corporation was founded in 2006 and is a petroleum distribution firm specializing in fuel, oils, lubricants, liquid asphalt, and recycled asphalt shingles(RAS).

Amit Gauri’s vision was to create and develop a competitive and innovative company that provides an overall petroleum management enterprise solution. Because of our high level of customer service, industry knowledge, and performance, Black Dog was able to thrive in the Chicagoland area. Amit and the Black Dog team currently serves municipalities, utilities, construction firms, and state and local governments.

Black Dog is sincerely grateful for such supportive groups like USMCA. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your company to discuss your petroleum needs.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest FEBRUARY 2018 Business of the MonthBlack Dog Corp.

You can contact Mr. Amit Gauri at 877-617-4104 or
Visit their website at:


January Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - January Business of the Month

We’re proud to announce USMCA, January 2018 Business of the Month: Brown and Momen, Inc. Mr. Ernest Brown is the president of Brown & Momen, Inc., which is a Chicago based firm specializing in Construction Management, General Contracting and Owner Representative Services.  Brown & Momen, Inc. was established in 1987 and has been involved in some of Chicago’s most recognized projects, including The State Street Mall Conversion, McCormick Place II, The New O’Hare Airport Runway Project and various University of Chicago and Public Buildings Commission Projects.Ernest is a graduate the University of Illinois, School of Architecture and Building Technology.
Through his employment with Hill International, a nationally recognized construction claims firm, Ernest is proficient in all facets of construction claims identification and prevention.  Ernest is also a past member of the National Organization of Professional Planners and schedulers. By mentoring and guidance, Ernest has built a solid team of long time Brown & Momen, Inc. employee’s with a successful operation for over 27 years.
The USMCA Board of Directors, entire membership and Strategic Partners proudly salute our USMCA member from  the renowned firm of Brown and Momen, Inc, as the  2018 Business MBE firm of the month for January 2018. Mr. Brown and his firm represent the quality of professional excellence in our construction and professional services industry that is worthy of emulation. Congratulation Ernest and "Team Brown and Momen, Inc."...keep being the pace setter that we know you are for years to come.  The USMCA is proud to honor our latest JANUARY 2018 Business of the Month, Brown and Momen, Inc.You can contact Mr. Ernest Brown at (773)493-3743or

October Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - October Business of the Month

Cube Hub is a Technology, Training, Staffing and Professional Services Company based in Chicago (western suburbs), IL. We have an experience in various industry verticals primarily in Staffing/Recruiting & SOW services. Our expertise include Staffing/Recruiting, Software Development and Projects in the areas of IT, Engineering, Professional, Marketing, Finance/Audit, Telecommunication, Healthcare, Clinical, Scientific, Office/Admin, etc. We provide unparalleled expertise on the  Full Cycle Recruiting Process. Our recruiters are an elite group of tech and creative professionals, innovators and leaders. We combine actual IT and engineering experience with recruiting expertise to offer top quality talent at the best rates. Cube Hub is proud to be a certified minority and women owned business offering services throughout the United States.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest OCTOBER 2017 Business of the Month, Cube Hub, Inc.

You can contact Ms. Regina Robinson at 708-446-2592 or at

September Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - September Business of the Month

We’re proud to announce USMCA, September 2017 Business of the Month: REEF Services of Illinois.

About REEF Services of Illinois
REEF Services of Illinois is a class D general contractor firm
registered in the state of Illinois since November 2014 with
our main office located in 1017 N Paulina St. Chicago, IL.
Their firm specializes in commercial construction services,
including architectural design, facade inspections, critical
repairs, concrete maintenance, water proofing of horizontal
and vertical structures. 

They pride themselves in delivering the best service to all their
clients, their flexibility and commitment to create a great
business experience has allowed them to establish a reputable
name with all their valued clients. They believe in building  their
future together involving the whole community, the REEF Services of Illinois team
includes a diverse group of professionals from minority
groups to enhance our participation in the construction
industry in the state of Illinois. 

Services Include (but not limited to)
-General Construction
-Critical Repairs
-Facade Inspections
-Project Management
-Concrete Maintenance
-Water Proofing
-Tuck Pointing
-and much more

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest SEPTEMBER 2017 Business of the Month, REEF Services of Illinois.

You can contact Mr. Mario Diaz at
or call 317-400-9968

August Business of the month

USMCA - News & Events - August Business of the month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, August 2017 Business of the Month: Steiner Security Services, Inc.

Ms. Vivian McGrew has over 20 years experience in the contract security industry and grew from officer to manager. Learning the ropes and industry needs and practices from the ground up; this sparked a desire to structure and own her own company and brand.

In 2003 Steiner Security Services was birthed and launched. Today, Steiner Security Services employs over 200 employees and services over 35 clients, big and small; in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs which include city, county and federal contracts.

Vivian is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program of Entrepreneurship, and Benedict University. Vivian is currently serving as a National Board Member of USMCA; also holding position as Chairperson of the Southland/Indian Chapter of USMCA.  

Vivian holds the following credentials: SBA(8a), WBE, MBE, DBE, BEO, WOSP and ACDBE-just to name a few. She has been featured as one of the moderators for the SBA (8a) Small Business Conference regarding Best Practices for 8(a) participants.

Vivian and Steiner Security Services, Inc. are always reinventing itself to remain relevant and responsive to clients needs, changing environment, and company growth.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest AUGUST 2017 Business of the Month, Steiner Security Services, Inc.
You can contact Ms. Vivian McGrew at
or call 708-424-8200

2017 July Business of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 July Business of the Month

 We’re proud to announce USMCA, July 2017 Member of the month: ASERET DEVELOPMENT SERIES LLC, “May I Make a Suggestion?”

Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson is founder and president of Aseret (TERESA spelled backwards) Development Series LLC, located in Westchester, Illinois.

Becoming an Entrepreneur and starting her own business was always at the forefront of Teresa’s mind. The inspiration came from watching her mom, a single parent, struggle successfully to raise four children on $300 month. Teresa gleaned from that example that if she worked hard, she could accomplish whatever she desired. With that conviction she decided to go back to school and amazingly, received not just one degree but four: An Associate’s Degree in accounting from Triton College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Business, and an Associate’s Degree in Kitchen and Bath Design from the Art Institute of Technology. 

In 2007, Teresa established Aseret Development to provide general contracting and construction management services throughout the Chicagoland area. And today, she stands at the helm of one of Illinois’
fastest growing minority-owned construction companies founded and
operated by a woman. Teresa has become an extraordinary woman,
serving the U.S. Minority Contractors Association in three capacities:
National Board Secretary, Chairwoman of the West Town Chapter, and Chairwoman of the Manpower Committee. She is the first minority woman to graduate from the Illinois Tollway Technical Assistance Training Program, May 2017. Her motto is to “Never Stop Learning”.

The USMCA is proud to honor our latest JULY 2017 Business of the month, Aseret Development, LLC. 

You can contact Ms. Teresa Hollingbird-Jackson at
at E:

2017 May Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 May Member of the Month

JinJa Birkenbeuel is the Chief Executive Officer of Birk Creative, a digital and WEB/IT agency that provides strategic social media, branding, full service advertising, media buying and information technology, web and search engine optimization (SEO) solutions for Fortune 500 and public sector customers in diverse industries like technology, transit, tourism, education, healthcare and traditional and renewable energy. 

JinJa's unique ability to spark fresh ideas for her customer's brands comes from the vibrant conversation and intimate client engagement she employs during a collaborative discovery process.

Driven by her desire to innovate and stay creative, JinJa has become a highly trusted advisor and brand consultant to customers like Google Inc., NextLevel Health, Ericsson, AECOM, SolarCity/Tesla, Commonwealth Edison, Broward County Public Schools, Oakland Unified School District, YWCA Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority and Navy Pier, Inc.

Birk Creative customers expect and are provided agility, positive energy, amplified conversation, measurable strategies and outstanding customer service.

Birk Creative is also an official digital coach for Google, Inc.
Google’s digital coaches are trusted community and business leaders in
nine U.S. metropolitan areas with large populations that are currently
under-represented online (e.g., Black, Latinx). They are proven online
marketing experts who use Google tools to achieve measurable growth.
Birk Creative will be sharing knowledge and experience on how building
a strong online presence can drive economic impact. Throughout 2017,
Birk Creative will host free digital business coaching sessions for
members of the U.S Minority Contractors Association.

You can contact Ms. JinJa Birkenbeuel at E: 

2017 April Member of the Month

USMCA - News & Events - 2017 April Member of the Month

Ananias Granger Jr. is the President/CEO and founder of A&D Property Services (A&D), the largest black-owned property preservation company in the nation.   A&D was founded by Ananias Granger Jr. in 1992.  The company started with Ananias cutting 13 lawns from a 1983 Toyota Corolla.   Twenty years later, A&D Property Services is now a full service property preservation and maintenance company with a strong local presence.  Property preservation is the process of securing, maintaining, and preserving foreclosed and vacant properties.

Foreclosures have devastating effects on communities and create a devastating cycle of economic and social disparity.  Foreclosures also create neighborhood blight, havens for criminal activities, and safety hazards for public servants and the community at large.  A&D Property Services unique approach to property preservation creates a model for neighborhood stabilization and recovery which directly counteracts the foreclosure phenomenon.   Jobs are created, homes are preserved, and neighborhoods are made safer through A&D’s efforts.

Through Ananias’s leadership, A&D Property Services has an exceptional record of training and employing members of our community from all walks of life, including individuals that would have difficulty finding employment opportunities.  Ananias’s mission is to continue to train, provide jobs, create business opportunities, support & develop existing local and minority owed business in his industry.

You can contact Mr. Ananias Granger, Jr. at T:(773) 933-7840 or E: