CHICAGO, IL - Jill Eckert McCall, a lawyer and MBA, was recently named Executive Vice President of the Chicago Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA Chicago), replacing long-time Executive Vice President Stephen Lamb. MCA members include 79 of Chicago’s premier mechanical contractors, who provide piping and HVAC services throughout Chicago market. The association provides education, lobbying and networking opportunities to members.

McCall hails from the American Bar Association and has served on multiple association governing boards.    

After completing her BS, JD and MBA in just six years, McCall 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.

McCall began her tenure at the ABA 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.

Moving from a vast organization to a small association like MCA offers McCall an opportunity to focus on some of the passions she developed through her many incarnations at the ABA and her volunteer work on local associations. “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,” McCall said. “Increasing education on technology, encouraging the engagement of our younger emerging leaders, and bringing all of our members together through committees are necessary to maintain a viable position of leadership in the industry.”

Former Executive V. P. Stephen Lamb, CAE, will leave the MCA July 1 to launch a consulting practice in the contracting industry. “I look forward to working with Jill for the next few months as I prepare to move into the next phase of my career,” Lamb said. “She is a bright young talent with the energy this industry needs to continue moving forward.”

Lamb has served as Vice President of the MCA Chicago since 1994. During his time leading the MCA Lamb was responsible for creating the Construction Education Institute, helped defeat reinstatement of the Structural Work Act, worked with the national MCAA to implement a best practices program and served as a trustee of the $1.2 billion LU 597 Pension Fund, as well as the Welfare and Training Funds.

About the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Chicago, established in 1888, is a professional trade association representing contractors in the union mechanical construction and services industry throughout the Chicago area. MCA contractors work with highly trained pipefitters and service technicians at Pipefitters Local Union 597 who service heating and air conditioning systems, and install piping on projects from oil refineries to food processing plants to pharmaceutical facilities. MCA Chicago represents approximately 400 union mechanical contracting firms through the Piping Education Council (PEC), whose members employ nearly 8,000 Local Union 597 pipefitters in the Chicago area. For more information about the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago and its contractor members, please visit