The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame welcomed five inductees during a formal ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Ferris State University’s Granger Center for Construction and HVACR.
The inductees are:
Eileen M. McCarthy
Eileen M. McCarthy was born into the family construction business, McCarthy & Smith
Construction of Farmington Hills, Mich. She studied architecture at the University of Michigan and launched her career at Turner
Construction in Chicago, as one of two professional women on a staff of more than
200. In 1995, she was promoted to manager of purchasing in Turner’s Detroit Office
and worked on such notable properties as Comerica Park and the GM Renaissance Center.
In 2000, she became partner and vice president of McCarthy & Smith. McCarthy has overseen
the company’s venture into government contracting and been instrumental in forging
a relationship with Daniels Building Company, a disabled-veteran owned business. Committed
to mentoring those interested in a career in construction, McCarthy received the Construction
and Real Estate Women Champion Award in 2009 and was selected to join its professional
development committee, which created a course to help women reach their full leadership
potential in the construction industry.
Bob and Karen Schroeder
Bob and Karen Schroeder, who founded Mayberry Homes of East Lansing, Mich. in 2002, have a passion for residential construction that fuels their success. They synchronized projects, subcontractors and tradespeople to increase quality standards and profits. Mayberry Homes is known for excellent workmanship, modern design, energy efficiency, creative marketing and customer satisfaction. The “Wow House” is a company catchphrase and concept that has been central to success. Under the Schroeders, Mayberry has been focused on professional and social responsibility, and recognized for achievements in the construction industry in customer satisfaction, winning two NRS and Professional Builder Magazine awards for customer service. For excellence in energy efficiency, the company has won 2010, 2011 and 2012 Energy Star awards. Mayberry also has been recognized widely for its volunteerism and charitable giving. In 2008, it was the official builder for ABC Television’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Mayberry also has built and raffled off three homes to raise more than $2 million for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Linda J. Vos-Graham
Linda Vos-Graham is president of Vos Glass Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., founded in
1982. Over the course of the last three decades, Vos-Graham has helped transform the
glass industry through innovation, integrity and service. Under her leadership, the company has doubled in size, employing nearly 60 people
and boasting an excess of $10 million in annual sales. Vos-Graham was named one of
the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2010 and 2012. She was the first
female president of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan and the founding
president of the Michigan Glass Association. Her effort with the Michigan Glass Association
helped enact legislation banning insurance companies from restricting customer choice
for auto glass repair. Under her leadership, Vos Glass has provided the glass features
of several notable West Michigan building projects. As a highly respected leader in
the construction industry, Vos-Graham continues to innovate, explore and grow her
company strategically to stay at the forefront of the glass industry.
E. Edward Williams
E. Edward Williams is the retired president and CEO of Edwards Glass Company of Livonia,
Mich. In 1952, Williams joined his brother-in-law, Peter Iovan, to form the Iovan Glass Company. On his last day at the company, Williams
suffered a serious cut on his arm. Recovering, he studied jobsites to improve safety
– in workflow, installation procedures, timing and shipping practices. In 1955, he
launched Edwards Glass Company. Williams put his observation and innovation to work.
Instrumental in creating the Michigan Safety Glazing Code, he also became the first
contractor in Southeast Michigan to use the “sling pack” delivery method. Edwards
Glass Company has provided glass installations on several notable building projects
and been recognized and awarded several times under Williams’ leadership. The company
won the Detroit Glass Dealer of the Year Award in 1972 and 1973, National Glass Dealer
of the Year Award in 1972, and was inducted into the National Glass Dealer Association’s
National Glass and Metal Hall of Fame in 1998.
Selection of Michigan Construction Hall of Fame inductees is based on nominees’ technical, managerial and leadership achievements within construction and related industries, as well as service to the profession and community. Inductees are selected by a committee of professionals representing Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors of Michigan, the Construction Association of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Home Builders, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, and Ferris State University’s Construction Technology and Management programs.
The Michigan Construction Hall of Fame is located in Ferris’ Granger Center and serves as a permanent place for leaders of the Michigan construction industry to be recognized and appreciated. For more information, visit ferris.edu/mchof.
Last updated: 10-29-2013