CREW Detroit member Eileen McCarthy was recently elected to the 2016 Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan Board of Directors. She is the only woman on the board of 18 and one of only three women to have ever been elected to the AGC of Michigan Board of Directors.
The Greater Detroit AGC (1916) and Michigan Chapter of the AGC (1927) merged in 2007 to form the AGC of Michigan, which is one of roughly 100 AGC chapters across the United States. The AGC serves more than 32,000 members and is recognized as the authority in construction-related issues. It offers various resources for labor-related issues, training and best practices for a variety of industry matters.
CREW Detroit member Katherine Banicki, owner of Testing Engineers and Consultants, was the very first woman to be elected to a board position on a Michigan chapter of the AGC. She served on the board for Greater Detroit AGC from 2004-07 and on the AGC of Michigan’s board in 2008 and 2009. Sheryl Maibach, former chief marketing officer (retired) and current board member of Barton Malow Enterprises, served after Banicki.
As vice president and co-owner of both McCarthy & Smith, Inc. and Daniels Building Company in Farmington Hills, Mich., McCarthy has active roles in the operation of the 51-year-old full-service construction firm her father founded, as well as the 7-year-old Daniels Building Company, which focuses on federal and state work. In 2013, she was the first woman to be inducted into to the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame.
“Our company has found involvement in the AGC of Michigan to be a great benefit because it provides access to staff training and resources that a mid-sized company wouldn’t necessarily have in house,” said McCarthy. “We rely on the AGC staff’s expertise on safety issues and promote and encourage our staff to take full advantage of the broad range of training the AGC offers. We also encourage our staff to get involved with the AGC in order to have better awareness of what is happening in our industry and how they can get involved to support the industry as a whole.”
McCarthy’s service on the AGC of Michigan Board of Directors follows that of her father, who served on the Board and held the chair position in 1988, followed by her brother, who served on the Board as well and became chair in 2004. Her company has been a member of the AGC since McCarthy & Smith’s establishment in 1965.
“It’s definitely an honor to serve. It honors my father because he was so involved in and committed to the industry,” said McCarthy. “So it’s a legacy that’s very important to me, and I think it’s important that women are represented in this industry.”
The AGC of Michigan Board of Directors meets quarterly. McCarthy’s first meeting as a board member will be in April 2016.