James J. McGlynn, Sr., President /CEOJim has proudly served McWilliams Electric Co., Inc. customers for over 48 years. Since beginning his apprentice in 1959, Jim worked through the ranks as a Journeyman, Foreman, Superintendent, Vice President of Operations, and now to his present position as President / CEO and owner of McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. In addition to heading up the McWilliams Team, Jim also promotes the electrical construction industry by being on the following Electrical/Construction boards:
Illinois State Crime Commission Award of Excellence in Business 2007
Past President & Current Board Member:
- Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO)
- Labor Management group designed to promote construction in Northern Illinois
- Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust of the City of Chicago and Cook County
- James H. McGraw Award of the National Electrical Contractors Association
- White House Conference on Small Businesses 1995.
- Emeritus USA Hockey
- Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County
- DuPage County division of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association
- DuPage County Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
- Electrical Contractors Association of the City of Chicago and Cook County
- American Subcontractors Association; Chicago Chapter.
- Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association
- Permanent Member ECA Executive Committee
- UIC Athletic Board
- Academy of Electrical Contracting
- Electric Association Hall of Fame Inductee 2007
- Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois ‐ Hall of Fame Inductee
- Political Leadership Council of the National Electric Contractors Association
Scott Swayze, Vice PresidentScott possesses thirty years of experience in the Electrical Construction Industry. In 1984, Scott joined the McWilliams team as a union member. In 1987, he moved into McWilliams main office as an Estimator/Draftsman. Three years later, in 1990, Scott was promoted to Project Manager. In 2000, Scott was promoted to his current position of Vice President in charge of Estimating. Scott has various certifications in Electrical Code, and is an active member of Chicago Electrical Estimators Association and has completed the University of Wisconsin Engineering Course. In addition to numerous Project Management and Computer Estimating courses, Scott has received his supervising Electrician’s License in the City of Chicago and is Green Advantage Certified.
Maureen Lucenti, Chief Financial OfficerMaureen joined the McWilliams team in 1987 in the accounting department. She was promoted to our Assistant Office Manager in 1990 and was in charge of overseeing a variety of accounting positions including Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll. Maureen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University in 1992 and was promoted to Comptroller in 1995. In 2005, Maureen became McWilliams’ Chief Financial Officer. Her responsibilities include overseeing the entire Accounting Department, managing our Corporate Banking and Financing requirements, and preparing financial reporting for the company.
Maureen belongs to the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and is an active member on their Social and Finance committees. In addition to her work with ASA Chicago, Maureen coordinates the contractor’s Annual Area 7 Special Olympics Kick Off Picnic every June at Allstate Insurance Company Headquarters in Northbrook, IL. Since the Special Olympics Kick Off Picnic’s conception in 1999, the picnic has raised over $200,000 for the cause.
Bill Siemek, Purchasing ManagerBill began working at McWilliams in the summer of 1979 as an electrical summer helper. The following year, Bill became a full time truck driver/warehouse assistant for McWilliams. In 1982, Bill was promoted to the Warehouse Manager. As Warehouse Manager, Bill supervised the McWilliams’ company truck drivers, managed the company fleet, as well as all company materials, tools and facilities.
In 1984, Bill became the Assistant Purchasing Agent and retained his position until he was promoted to Purchasing Manager in 1990. As the Purchasing Manager, Bill is responsible for placing all material orders.
In addition to being the Purchasing Manager, Bill also oversees the Warehouse Manager and assists McWilliams’ Project Managers with estimations. In addition to Bill’s vast knowledge of on the job skills, Bill has completed various electrical courses which include: the OSHA 10 and 30 hour courses, NECA estimating construction course, Blue Print Reading, and the NECA Advanced Construction Law course.
Bill is a proud member of the Fox Valley Associated General Contractors Association and is a member on their Education committee.
Joe Ramello, Director of EngineeringJoe Ramello brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the McWilliams’ Team. He has over 30 years of experience in the Electrical Construction Industry and is a graduate of the IBEW Local 134 apprenticeship program. In addition to working as a foreman, Joe has 19 years of hands‐on experience in the field where, in addition to general electrical work, he specialized in projects involving refrigeration and process controls, fire alarm systems, and other electrical systems unique to the dairy, refrigerated warehouses and food processing industries. This strong foundation, coupled with his unique creative ability, has allowed Joe to expand the McWilliams team in the design build industry for such customers such as Peackock Engineering, Olympic Oil, and Kraft Foods.
Frank Leasure, Project ManagerFrank started his apprenticeship in 1978, graduated in 1982, and became a member of the McWilliams’ team in 1993 as an electrician. Frank worked with Lucent as an Engineer from 1996 through 2004. His Certifications include: CPR, NFPA 70E, OSHA 10 hr., Scaffold Trained and Aerial Lifts. He has also completed the National Electrical Code, Residential 1 & 2, General and Plan Review.
Norm Spiegel, Project ManagerNorm joined the McWilliams Team in 1991 and adds 45 years of experience in the Communications / Security Industry to McWilliams Electric. From 1970 ‐ 1975, Norm was involved in the installation and service of communication / security systems. Since 1975, he has been involved in Electrical, Communications, Security, Fire Alarm, Voice / Data, Video, Fiber Optic Systems Design, Sales, and Project Management.
Mike Schutten, RCDD, LEED® AP, Project ManagerMike joined the McWilliams Team in 1987 as a Journeyman Electrician. Throughout his tenure at McWilliams, he has been a Foreman and General Foreman before becoming a Project Manager. Mike has a fortune of knowledge in the Electrical and Communications Fields. Mike is a BICSI Certified RCDD Designer, BICSI Certified Technician, and a Certified Systimax Designer. Mike is also certified in OSHA 10 and 30 hour Construction Industry Courses.
Jim Raymond, Project ManagerJim has over 17 years of experience in the construction industry beginning in 1999 when he was hired by McWilliams Electric as a first year apprentice. Prior to McWilliams, Jim enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduating Providence Catholic High School in 1991. He served his first enlistment overseas before re‐enlisting in 1994 for another four years term. He was meritoriously promoted through the ranks before being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 1998. Following his honorable discharge, Jim began the IBEW Apprenticeship program in the Fall of 1999, upon graduation in December of 1999 he was hired by McWilliams Electric Co and worked his way up to Foreman. After nearly 15 years of dedication and hard work Jim was promoted to Project Manager in 2014.
Greg Parsons, RCDD, Project ManagerGreg started his IBEW 134 apprenticeship in July of 1997. After his apprenticeship, he became a Journeyman and was promoted to a Foreman in 2008 and began running work for McWilliams. Greg also spearheaded projects involving Fire Alarm, Security, CCTV, Voice / Data, and Fiber Optics. He is recognized by FOA as a certified Fiber Optic Technician, he is a Panduit Certified Technician and is also a BICSI certified RCDD. In 2016, Greg accepted a position to become a McWilliams Project Manager.
Paul Karwoski, Electrical SuperintendentPaul is a graduate of both the Coyne Institute of Technology and the IBEW Local 701 Apprenticeship programs. Paul joined McWilliams in 1994 and has worked as a Journeyman Electrician, Field Foreman, General Foreman and in 2008 was promoted to Electrical Superintendent. Paul has also completed and received certificates in the following courses; OSHA 10 and 30 hour, NFPA 70E, Aerial Lifts, Scaffolding, Confined Space and Adult First Aid and CPR/AED.
Jerry McGlynn, CESCP, CHST, STSCSafety Director Jerry is a graduate from Lewis University where he received his Bachelor degree. Jerry joined the McWilliams team as our Safety Director in 1999 and has had extensive training in all areas of construction safety.
Jerry has passed the exam required from National Fire Protection Association to hold the certification as a CESCP – Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional. The program is based on the NFPA 70E, Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. With this, Jerry teaches this standard to our employees so that they are knowledgeable of the standard and the hazards of working with energized equipment. Jerry has a program in place so all employees are retrained every 3 years. Jerry also holds certifications from the Board of Safety Professionals as a CHST – Construction Health and Safety Technician and STSC – Safety Trained Supervisor in Construction. He also has a certificate in Safety Management from the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Jerry is an OSHA Outreach Instructor in construction which allows him to teach the 10 & 30 Hour courses to both management and field employees. He is an Authorized Instructor from the National Safety Council to provide First Aid & CPR / AED training to our employees on annual basics. Jerry says, “The certificates are good for 2 years, but we follow the guidelines from NFPA 70E that require CPR refresher training every year.”
Jerry has had extensive training in all areas of construction safety related topics including: Alcohol & Drug Substance Abuse Supervisor Training, OSHA Inspection Training, Competent Person Training in Fall Protection; Trench and Excavations; and Confined Space, Electrical Project Supervision, Accident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis, Forklift Safety, Hazardous Waste Site Worker (OSHA 40 hour) and Electrical Hazard Awareness. Jerry manages our background checks, drug testing, safety program policies and procedures, and assures that our job sites meet all required safety standards. Jerry is very active in the safety organizations in the Chicagoland area serving on local boards and safety committees. He also serves on the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Safety Task Force that produces safety training materials, guides and videos for the electrical industry.
Jerry is a stern believer in “Safety Always” it’s not first or second. Safety must always be on the minds of everyone, for every task that you are doing on the job or at home. Also, no job is so important that it can not be done SAFELY.
- NECA / IBEW Local 701 Safety Committee since 2012
- ECA Safety Committee since 2015
- Construction Safety Council since 2009
- NECA Safety Task Force since 2014
- NECA Future Leaders since 2007
- ASSE – American Society of Safety Engineers
- ASSE – Young Professionals in Occupational in Safety & Health
- NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
- NSC – National Safety Council
- ASA Chicago Safety Committee