Three of St. Louis’ leading citizens will be honored on Jan. 21 by the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council at its annual Construction Man of the Year Awards dinner at the Cedars at St. Raymonds.
Honored will be:
• Labor Man of the Year: Pat Kellett, Director of Business Development for the United Association of Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA) and former business manager, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562.
• Management Man of the Year: John Eilermann Jr., chief executive officer and chairman of the board, McBride & Son Companies, Inc.
• Construction Consumer Award Honoree: John M. Nations, president and chief executive officer, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro Transit.
Tickets are $100 each and are still available by calling the Building Trades Council at 314-647-0628.
“We are honored to recognize these three men,” said Jeff Aboussie, executive secretary-treasurer of the building trades council. “Each in his own way has made significant contributions to the construction industry and the growth of our regional economy.”
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Kellett, a 31-year journeyman pipefitter, on Jan. 1 became an international union representative taking charge of a new department within the UA – Business Development - that will focus on expanding market share for plumbers and pipefitters locals across America. He will continue to live in St. Louis for the foreseeable future.
Kellett comes from a family tradition within the pipefitters union: father Dick Kellett in June will be celebrating his 60th year as a union pipefitter. He is a founder and current president of the North County Labor Legislative Club. Brothers John and Dick Jr., a newly appointed Local 562 business representative, are both veteran pipefitters each with over 30 years in the industry.
Eilermann has worked his entire 26-year professional career with McBride & Son Homes. Beginning as an estimator in 1986, he moved steadily through the company’s ranks as chief estimator, field superintendent, project manager with the responsibility of managing all of McBride’s growing number of new home communities, general manager, executive vice president, president and in 2005, chief executive officer.
Industry expert and consultant Zonala Company have cited McBride & Son, with over 50 active new home communities in the St. Louis bi-state metro area, Kansas City and Springfield, as largest union homebuilder in America. The company is owned by its employees.
Nations has probably one of the most challenging jobs in the region, running the region’s sprawling transportation system. He is responsible for MetroLink, MetroBus, Call-A-Ride, St. Louis Downtown Airport and its adjoining industrial business park, the Gateway Arch tram system and the Arch parking garage. He has to manage over 2,400 employees, most of them union members.
Metro carries over 55 million passengers each year. It is one of the most critical services in the region that’s vital to sparking economic growth.
A lawyer by trade, Nations is a former mayor and alderman of Chesterfield, who also served on the city’s Industrial Development Authority and as chairman of its Tax Increment Financing Commission.
In recognition of his efforts to promote economic development while preserving our natural heritage, in 2010 John was inducted into the National Environmental Hall Of Fame.