The Chicagoland Associated General Contractors (CAGC) says Tom Cuculich has been appointed as its new executive director effective July 15.
Cuculich has three decades of experience and will lead implementation of all board-approved programs and services, CAGC said in a statement.
Cuculich is transitioning from his role as County Administrator for DuPage County which he held for more than a decade and “in which he was responsible for implementing an open government founded on transparency and accountability,” the statement said. He also has been executive director for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.
“I look forward to serving as the executive director of the CAGC and leading the organization into our next chapter,” Cuculich said. “After 30 years of public service, this is a unique opportunity to combine my experience in administration, leadership and knowledge of the Chicagoland construction industry. I will be focused on building on the success of the CAGC and strengthening the organization’s value for new and existing member companies.”
Cuculich will manage policy initiatives, operational issues, strategic planning, the association’s initiative into MBE/WBE workforce development, and WBE/ MBE business development while serving as the organization’s primary contact for elected officials.
CAGC says it provides business opportunities, promotes innovative construction practices, and enhances labor relations through advocacy, education, and networking.
“We are proud to welcome Tom to the Chicagoland AGC team and look forward to his insight, perspective, and leadership as executive director of the organization,” said CAGC board president George Tuhowski. “We also want to take this opportunity to thank former executive director Dan McLaughlin for his hard work, dedication to our members, and leadership in implementing impactful programs and strong advocacy for Chicagoland’s construction industry.”
McLaughlin served in the role for over six years, most notably playing an instrumental role in merging Chicago’s Builders Association with Fox Valley AGC, creating a program for young leaders in construction and working to build minority representation in the field. McLaughlin will continue on with the organization in a part-time capacity and will continue his efforts on behalf of the association on all MBE/WBE initiatives.
“During this exciting transition, we are proud to welcome Tom Cuculich to the team and thank Dan McLaughlin for his hard work,” said incoming board president Mike Meagher. “The CAGC’s leadership has been vital for our industry and we look forward to that continued success under Tom’s direction.”
Editor’s note: We published an erroneous photo of Tom Cuculich in an earlier version of this post. Our apologies for the error.