Posted on: February 22nd, 2016 by MCA

MCA welcomed its new Executive Vice President, Jill Eckert McCall. A lawyer and MBA, Jill has been involved in management, strategic planning and education for multiple associations. Jill has worked for the American Bar Association (ABA) since 2000, serving most recently as its director of professional development. Moving from a vast organization to a small association like MCA offers Jill an opportunity to focus on some of the passions she developed through her many incarnations at the ABA and during her extensive community involvement.
“I knew that MCA is a premier local organization, and seeing that the MCA’s Master Initiatives match some of my own interests made the position really interesting to me,” Jill said. “I’m excited that my very first day at MCA was spent with the MCA’s Emerging Leaders Group. I think bringing more young leaders into the association will be important to keeping MCA moving forward.”

Technology education is another area that Jill feels is necessary in a changing construction market. “I know Steve Lamb has spoken extensively about the need for technology changes in order to keep up in the industry, and I completely agree that embracing new technology is key to success; whether it’s in the construction industry or a law practice.”
Ensuring that MCA provides a sense of family is also important to Jill, who comes from a big family and has five kids of her own. “Our members should continue to feel comfortable here so we can keep moving ahead together. I am positive that providing a welcoming atmosphere makes a difference.”

Jill is positive about many things – embracing technology, working with Steve until he departs on July 1 on MCA’s new strategic initiatives, reaching out to minority contractors, engaging with MCA’s upcoming leaders and recruiting new members to MCA. She promises to do her best to help MCA continue as the premier construction organization in the country. If her past is an indication, she can be believed. We are excited to have her on board.

Through her staff and volunteer leadership, Jill Eckert McCall, CAE, JD, MBA, has helped many find personal and professional success. Jill began her tenure at the American Bar Association as a career counselor for lawyers and law students. During the past decade, she served as the organization’s staff lead for various entities: continuing education/program accreditation, law practice/technology, and emerging professionals. As a volunteer, she has served on multiple governing boards, most recently including an international continuing legal education organization. Jill has contributed prior service on the Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers and as Co-Chairman of its Trade and Association Law Committee.

She completed her professional education in six years (BS, JD, MBA) and committed to a career path of association management in 2010 by earning her Certified Association Executive designation. Through the years, she has co-authored, contributed to, and edited books and articles, and made presentations to association and business leaders.