Local 399 News

 

 

 

One Building - 80 Combined Years
of Local 399 Experience!




We are very proud to recognize Chief Engineer Mike O’Donnell and
Spokesperson
Mark Dutkanych
who will have worked together (as of September) for 40 years at the Doubletree North Shore – Skokie. Both Mike and Mark started as trainees right out of
high school when the hotel, (then known as The North Shore Hilton), first opened its doors in October 1973. They and their families vacation together, have celebrated the birth of each other's children, attended family weddings, shared many good times at work
and in their personal lives, and continue to be the best of friends as well as great
Local 399 Engineers. It's an incredible accomplishment for an Engineer to work at the same building for 40 years. Combined, these two Engineers have an amazing 80 years
at the Doubletree North Shore Hotel … one very fortunate hotel!

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Local 399 Member Receives 2013
Governors State University Baysore Award

 

We are proud to recognize Local 399 Chief Engineer, Michael Sullivan
(pictured with GSU President Elaine Maimon) who was recently awarded the
prestigious Dr. Gerald C. Baysore Award for outstanding performance at
Governors State University. This Award is given annually to the GSU employee who
most fully demonstrates the qualities of integrity, competence, dedication and civility.

Michael was honored for inspiring his colleagues and for contributing to GSU's reputation as a university committed to the highest standards. We thank Michael for his work toward advancing his facility and the reputation that Local 399 Engineers bring to the workplace.

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Stars of the Industry Awards 2013
Include Local 399 Members


Congratulations to Local 399 members Tim Pierce, Director of Engineering, and
Engineer Robert Graf who both work at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. Tim was recently awarded IHLA Regional Department Head of the Year, and Robert was awarded Regional Maintenance Employee of the Year. Both men were also spotlighted for their acheivements in the Chicago Tribune (Suburban Edition).

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2013 Stars of the Industry Awards
Include Local 399 Member


Congratulations to Local 399 Engineer, Glenn Seiffert, who works at the Hotel Monaco. Glenn is pictured with Nabil Moubayed, Director of Operations, and was recently named one of the "Stars of the Industry" for 2013. Glenn was recognized as an example of
how an Engineer can provide a positive experience with guests as well

as fellow employees. Glenn's contribution, along with fellow Engineers Jim Bartkus,
Matt Paez, Justin Johnson and Chief Engineer Nick Dzierzanowski, have made the
Hotel Monaco's Engineering Team the number one Engineering Department in 2012
of all 60 hotels in the Kimpton Group hotel chain. Congratulations to Glenn and the
entire Hotel Monaco Engineering Team!

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 Local 399 Member Receives
Employee of the Month Award




Congratulations to Brian Rooney, an Engineer at The Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center Chicago – North Shore. Brian recently received the Doubletree's
Employee of the Month Award after only being with them for 6 months.

Obviously, Brian's diligence and exceptional work ethic has been appreciated by his
building management.  It's this work ethic that is the hallmark of Local 399 Engineers
at every building/ facility that we maintain.

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 399 Engineer Receives "Best of Best" Award



Congratulations to Godfried Ravelingeen, an Engineer at the Inn of Chicago –
Mag Mile. Godfried was recently presented with the “Best of the Best” Service Industry Award at a Luncheon at the DoubleTree Mag Mile.  Presenting the award at the recent Luncheon were Inn of Chicago General Manager Nick Katinas and Kokua Hospitality Managing Director Birgit Radin.  Following this presentation, Godfried attended the State
of Illinois Regional Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency O’hare.

Thanks Godfried, for your dedication to maintaining the highest standards in our industry.

 

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 Local 399 Member Restores Classic Car



Local 399 member, Bob Berkow, restored his classic 1929 Mercedes Benz and now
proudly shows off his masterpiece (pictured left) at many local classic car shows
in the area including, most recently, at the Cantingy Car Show held on
Sunday, September 16, 2012, in Wheaton, Illinois.

Bob is an Engineer at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital.

Congratulations on a job well done, Bob!


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 Local 399 Engineers Show Commitment to Excellence!



Congratulations to Bill Schuch, Jr. and Tony Dennis, Engineers at 550 W. Washington.
Bill recently received his LEED Green Associate Certification and Tony was acknowledged
for outstanding performance for the first half of 2012. Tony also received
a $100 gift card in appreciation for his efforts.

Thanks to both of you for your commitment to your facility and your craft!


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Marine Lance CPL. Joseph R. Harr Local 399 Engineer's Son Honored for His Service to our Country

We would like to acknowledge the service of Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph R. Harr,
son of Local 399 Engineer Bill Harr. Lance Cpl. Harr was the parade Grand Marshall
at the Oak Lawn July 4, 2012 Celebration. Cpl. Harr was joined in the lead parade
car by his father and mother.

While on leave Cpl. Harr spent time fishing, attended three White Sox games and a
Jimmy Buffet concert. He also took time out from his leave to join his proud father, Bill, a
t our Local 399 Family Picnic.

We thank Cpl. Harr for his service to our country and for attending our picnic.
We were honored to have you with us!


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LOCAL 399 ENGINEERS -
DRIVING EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY




Congratulations to the engineering team at Jones Lang LaSalle, 77 West Wacker, 
or their management excellence and on-going sustainability efforts.

Some of the team's recent achievements include:

Building Operator Certification Levels I & II Ð includes training and project work in building systems and maintenance;

Completed Local 399 Educational courses along with 28-course annual curriculum developed by the Chief Engineer and taught through JLL's TPC's Training Systems;

Energy Star Certification (2009, 2010, 2011) with current rating of 91;

LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance Gold Certification (April 2011);

Successful retro-commission through a sponsored initiative from ComEd/Smart Ideas, over 900,000 KwH of energy reduction measures were identified and successfully implemented;

Implemented the use of Clean Urban Energy, a software system that helps identify thermal mass control and ways to re-utilize it to reduce HVAC usage while maintaining comfort levels;

Launched GridConnect, an integrated software platform that provides commercial office consumers with real-time energy information. The software empowered the engineering team to meet energy needs through an optimal mix of demand response strategies all while reducing energy consumption and realizing significant energy savings;

Tenant satisfaction survey conducted by Kingsley, the team scored 4.77 out of 5;

Honored by Jones Lang LaSalle for Management Excellence and recognized as Property Management Team of the Year 2011;

BOMA's North Central's Region The Outstanding Building of the Year
(TOBY) 2006-07 & 2010-2011.


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We would like to acknowledge Local 399 member Frederick Woods, an Engineer at
Anchor Mechanical who also serves in the weekend reserves as a Petty Officer, 1st Class. Fred recently spent time in training exercises with the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Guatanomo Bay Cuba and during this time, was named Shipmate of the Week.

We congratulate Fred and thank him for his dedication to Local 399 and his military service!


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LOCAL 399 MEMBER RECEIVES SIGMA AWARD

Congratulations to Patrick Biesty, Engineer at 550 W. Washington. Pat recently received the Sigma Award at the JJL Engineering Conference in Austin, TX. The Sigma Award recognizes best-in-class Engineering operations. Only participants with a minimum of one year of consistent excellent service are eligible for this Award.

With this Award, Pat received an engraved award and a $1500 gift card. Pictured with Pat (center) are Dan Probst, Head of Engineering Services, and Bill Krouch, CEO of Markets.

We honor Pat for his ongoing commitment and dedication to his facility.


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Local 399 Engineer Receives Certificate of Completion



Congratulations to John Wawrzyniak, an Engineer at the Omni Chicago Hotel.
John is pictured with HR Director Rebecca Sullivan. John was presented with
a Certificate of Completion for the Assistant Director of Engineering training.
John has been an Engineer since 2004.


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Local 399 Engineer Honored with
Employee of the Month Award



Congratulations to Juan Hernandez, an Engineer at the Holiday Inn Harrison Street. Juan was named Employee of the Month in March 2012. Juan has been an Engineer since 2011.

Thanks for your dedication and commitment Juan!


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LOCAL 399 MEMBER GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY



Marty Kraslen,
Chief Engineer at MB Real Estate, is shown with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Chicago Juvenile Welfare Association. Marty was honored for his contribution to
the Toy's For Joy. 
Marty has participated in raising money for the Toy's For Joy event
for the past 22 years.

Thanks Marty for your dedication and kind heart!


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Congratulations to Mick Brady, Chief Engineer at North Side College Prep in Chicago.
Mick recently competed in the 2012 Lifetime Tri-Chicago Triathalon held on August 26, 2012.

Mick finished the event with a time of 3:35:45.

Your local 399 family salutes you, Mick, on this achievement!


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 399 ENGINEERS WIN SOFTBALL TOURNEMENT -
4TH STRAIGHT YEAR!




Congratulations to the Local 399 softball team on winning the 2012 Building Trades softball tournament. This is the 4th win in 4 years for our Local 399 team.

Thanks to our team members and all those who came out to cheer them on!


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Congratulations to Deirdre Flanagan, Granddaughter of Local 399 member Mike Flanagan, an Engineer at Loyola University Medical Center.

Deirdre recently won the 2012 Money Smart Essay Contest for the Federal Reserve Bank.
As the winner of the contest, Deirdre received a $5000 scholarship along with a trophy
(shown right) and will serve as the 2012 Money Smart Kid Ambassador for BMO Harris Bank.

Very impressive Deidre!


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Retired Local 399 Members' Son
Signs Contract with Philadelphia Eagles


 

The Philedelphia Eagles selected Dennis Kelly in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
A four-year letterman at Purdue, Kelly was named a team co-captain as a senior after being voted the team's offensive MVP following his junior season. Dennis is the son of retired
Local 399 Engineer Mike Kelly.


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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER NAMED
IPWSOA OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to City of Highland employee Tony Hempen, who received Surface
Water Division, Operator of the Year Award from the Illinois Portable Water
Supply Operators Association.

This competition was against surface water operators from across the state.  Earlier this summer, Tony also received Operator of the Year from South West Central Water Plant Operators Association, which encompasses twelve counties in southwest central Illinois.

We congratulate Tony on his multiple Awards!


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LOCAL 399 MEMBERS RALLY IN INDIANA
FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS!


 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Workers Lobby Day Rally" in Indianapolis. It was important to show the Legislatures that Unions will not be defeated by the "Right to Work Law".
The fight has only begun but with the support of you, our Union members, our voice will be heard!

Pictured above from the rally are: John Cappadora, Daniel Funda, Joseph Garabarczyk, Martin Greene, Rick Haggard, Saudeeq Hibbler, Jesse James, Pat McGing, John O’Connor, Radoslaw Oksimowics, Lloyd Osborne, Ariel Perez, Richard Pons,
Mark Provost, Paul Thomas, Jeff and Cindy Withered.


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LOCAL 399 DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
RECOGNIZED FOR COMMITMENT TO
ENERGY EFFICIENCY

 

Congratulations to Mike Ruhl, Director of Engineering at the Fairmont Chicago Hotel.  Mike was recently honored as Fairmont’s 2010 Environmental Engineer of the Year.  This award recognizes an Engineer that has made an outstanding commitment to Fairmont’s Energy and Carbon Management Program, ensuring timely accurate data is submitted and clarified, innovative energy reduction and conservation initiatives are implemented at the property level, and representative support is provided to the property based Green Team.

Mike was pivotal in implementing the Energy and Carbon Management Program at the property and works tirelessly to improve the overall environmental performance.  Mike’s enthusiasm and energy conservation thinking have made their mark on the Fairmont Chicago.

We join with Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel family in thanking Mike for his consistent dedication to
building efficiency!

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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO HONORS
LOCAL 399 ASSISTANT CHIEF ENGINEER


 

Congratulations to James Jones, Assistant Chief Engineer at the
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for being selected UIC’s 2011 Award of Merit recipient. 

This award recognizes academic professional and support staff
employees who have demonstrated excellence in service, commitment, and dedication.

We congratulate James and thank him for being a shining example
of the value that Local 399 Engineers bring to the workplace!

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LOCAL 399 SOFTBALL TEAM

 

Thanks to all our members who came out to compete on the
Local 399 Softball Team.  A good time was had by all!

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 LOCAL 399 ENGINEER AWARDED 2010 IHLA STATE ENGINEERING EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR



Congratulations to Local 399 Engineer Mark Dutkanych, who works at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center - North Shore.  Mark recently wont the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Associations (IHLA) 2010 Engineering Employee of the Year for the State of Ilinois.

We salute Mark for the dedication that he shows to his building!

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LOCAL 399 ENGINEER HONORED AS
"SHINING EXAMPLE" TO APPRENTICES



Congratulations to Aldo Moron on being awarded the Harbor Group Managment Company
Engineer of the Year.  Aldo has worked as an Engineer and Assistant Engineer at the Burnham Center for the past 11 years.  Also was recognized for his commitment and dedication to the Burnhan Center as well as for being an example to the countless apprentices that have come and gone over the years.

Pictured (left to right) are: General manager Richard Symonds, Assistant Chief Aldo Moron, Manager Maria Orozco Vargas and Chief Engineer Frank Van Boldrik.

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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER RECEIVES
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD



Congratulations to Alex Gonzalez, and Engineer at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center,
who received the 2010 Employee of the Year Award.  Alex has been with the
Westin Yorktown since 2009.

We thank Alex for the dedication that he shows to his building and his craft.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ENGINEERING CREW
AT THE CONCOURSE PLAZA




Congratulations to the Engineering team at the Concourse Office Plaza in Skokie.  The building owners were so impressed with the work of our Local 399 crew, that management is using this site as a goal for all their properties across the nation.

Thanks to Chief Engineer James McGuire (right) and Assistant Chief, Gerald McGahan (left)
for being shining examples of why Local 399 Engineers make a difference in the buildings
and facilities that we maintain.


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LOCAL 399 ENGINEER HONORED AS INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO O'HARE EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Congratulations to Local 399 Engineer, Frank Callo.  Frank was the receipient of the February 2011 Employee of the Month Award from the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel.   Frank was sighted as a  "well respected Engineer always willing to do whatever is necessary to make the hotel successful and guests happy."  Frank has been with the Intercontinental Hotel since 2007.

We salute Frank for giving 110 percent to his building and his co-workers.  You are truly an example of why Local 399 Engineers are leading the way in our Industry!


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LOCAL 399 DON MALWICK'S WIFE
COMPETES IN AUTOCROSS EVENT



Deborah Malwick, wife of Local 399 Auditor Donn Malwick, became
the 2009 Autocross Ladies Midwest Regional Champion and is also ranked
13th in the Nation in this event.  The event is sponsored by The National
Council for Corvett Clubs (NCCC) founded in 1959.

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 CONGRATULATIONS 191 N. WACKER DRIVE ENGINEERING TEAM!



Congratulations to the engineering staff of 191 N. Wacker Drive, who recently
received a LEED Gold certification and won the BOMA TOBY Award for the 500,000
to one million square foot category.

We salute the 191 N. Wacker team including Chief Engineer Kevin Officer, and
Engineers Jamie Collier and Kevin Gawne.  Thanks for your commitment to our
environment and your buildings economy.


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 ENGINEERS RECEIVE AWARD FOR 2 YEARS OF SAFETY



Congratulations to the Engineers at Lincoln Park Zoo who were recently reconginzed
and awarded for 2 years of non-recordable injuries.  The entire engineering team
received jackets commemorating their achievement.

We join in celebrating our skilled members at Lincoln Park Zoo
for their dedication to their facility and to job safetly!


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 111 SOUTH WACKER RECEIVES DUAL GOLD LEED CERTIFICATION



Congratulations to the engineering team at 111 South Wacker.  The building
was the world's first speculative high-rise to receive LEED-Core & Shell Gold
certification in 2005.  Now, they have received a 2010 LEED Exisiting Building certification.

111 South Wacker is one of a few select buildings in the nation to achieve dual Gold
certification in LEED.

We salute the entire engineering staff, including, Chief Engineer John Orabut
(right)
and Assistant Chief, Pat Hickey (left), as well as (not pictured) Martin Hynes, Kevin Injeski,
Tim McCarthy, Nicholas Munin, James Ollry and Alfredo Reyes.


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LOCAL 399 MEMBER WINS RAFFLE



Congratulations to Local 399 Engineer, Darren Lewis, who works at One Pierce Place
in Itasca.  Darren and his wife participated in the health evaluation opportunity sponsored by
the Midwest Employee Benefit Funds Coalition.  Darren was a winner of a 42" Plasma
TV, raffled by the organization who performed the laboratory screening, Interactive Health
Solutions (IHS).  Darren is pictured with Local 399 H&W Fund Administrator
Rose Follenweider.


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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER COMPETES IN CHICAGO MARATHON



Congratulations to Leo Torres, an Engineer at Century Tower,
who competed in the recent Bank of America Marathon.

Leo finished the Marathon with a time of 5:53:47 and placed
31,957th out of 36,159.

Way to go Leo!


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 LOCAL 399 MEMBERS EARN LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION

Congratulations to the skilled engineering team at 120 N. LaSalle for being awarded with
the LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. 
We salute the dedicated team at 120 N. LaSalle, Chief Engineer Pat Hickey and engineers Robert Mielicki and Steve Reilly.  Thanks for your ongoing commitment to your building
and our environment!


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 DUKE EMPLOYEED RECEIVE AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING DEDICATION



Congratulations to Mario Pardo (right) and Jerry Gliva (left)
who were recognized by Duke Realty Corp., for "Outstanding Commitment and
Dedication to Safety".  This is the first honor of its kind given by Duke Realty.
Congratulations to Mario and Jerry from your Union family!

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 LOCAL 399 MEMBERS FLOAT INTO UNION MEETING



Christopher Johnson and Kevin Snyder (Local 399 members) beat the
traffic by taking their boat (launched from Worth, IL) for the hour-long journey
to the Union Hall, parking the boat across the river at Lawrence Fisheries.
Great weather conditions made for a pleasant trip!


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 EDUCATION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!



Congratulations Cleon Henderson.  Cleon is the first
Local 399 member to complete and graduate with his Associates Degree
in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning at Joliet Jr. College since the
education partnership between Local 399 and J.J.C. was established.

We congratulate Cleon for his commitment to education!


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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER RECEIVES J.H. ROE AWARD



MAY 2010 – Jones Lang LaSalle’s Engineering and Operations group conducted their annual conference for lead technical personnel from facility and property management assignments throughout the U.S. and abroad.

This year about 400 Chief Engineers, Operations and Maintenance Managers met for five days at the Engineering Operations Conference in Austin, TX.  Each attendee selected from a variety of workshops on subjects most relevant to their facilities and responsibilities.

The top performing engineers received special recognition at the event. The J.H. Roe Award recognized the single conference participant judged to have, over time, consistently performed
at the highest level.  This year, the award was presented to John Schmidt (center)
Chief Engineer of the AON Center in Chicago, IL.

Congratulations John on this prestigious award.  You exemplify the experience,
professionalism and dedication that our Local 399 Engineers bring to the workplace!

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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER'S SON COMPETES IN
CABA WORLD SERIES



Congratulations to Marty O'Brien and teh Lincoln-Way Prospects baseball team
from New Lenox, IL, who recently won the 9U CABA World Series held in Woodstock, IL

The Prospects battled teams from all around the country and defeated the Tri-County Drillers
from Misissippi to capture the title.  The Prospects went undefeated during the elimination bracket.
Marty is the son of Martin O'Brien, Chief Engineer at 10 & 30 S. Wacker Drive.

Congratulations to the New Lenox Prospects and the O'Brien's on your championship season!


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 LOCAL 399 MEMBER HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE



Congratulations to Tony Dennis, an engineer at 550 W. Washington, for being
honored for outstanding service by Jones Lang LaSalle for the second quarter of 2010.

During the award ceremony, Tony's employers remarked that "Tony is a pleasure
to work with and his award is much deserved".

We salute you Tony for the dedication you show at your workplace!


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CONGRATULATIONS MATT McMANUS
BOMA ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Local 399 Chief Engineer Matt McManus who was honored as the BOMA Engineer of the Year at a ceremony held on January 28, 2010.  Matt has been a Local 399 Engineer since 1983 and began his career as a Chief Engineer in 1987.

Matt was nominated by Building Managers Katie Scott and Bill Vail of U.S. Equities because of his outstanding skill and relentless dedication to his craft and to his building. Matt's performance over the years exemplifies the dedication that Local 399 engineers bring to the workplace!

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STATE OF ILLINOIS CLASS 3A
3-POINT SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP

Congratulations to Nora Masterson who recently took 3rd place in the State of Illinois Class 3A, 3-point Shooting Championship competition. Nora attends Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park and is the daughter of Business Representative Mike Masterson.

Way to Go Nora!


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KEYSTONE PROPERTY
ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Miguel Perez, Chief Engineer at Keystone Property Group who was recently named “Engineer of the Year” for his extensive knowledge and approach to teamwork, leadership and dedication.

Thanks Miguel, for the excellence you show in your job and for upholding the high caliber tradition of Local 399 engineers.




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Representatives Jerry Hiller (left) and Neil Masterson (right) present President and Business Manager Brian E. Hickey with a souvenir from the recent Local 399 Duck Hunt event.



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