Meet the Staff
JILL ECKERT MCCALL, CAE, MBA, JD
Executive Vice President
I live to bring people together. And, when the group we gather is diverse in perspective, we can solve bigger-than-we-are issues. I look forward to facilitating that for MCA of Chicago!
I’m the go-to person for: Whatever is on your mind. If I don’t know the answer, I can connect you with the right person to ask.
Hobbies: Fluid running and pontoon boating.
Something you should know: My passion is getting people excited about what I’m excited about. People trust me to give them the facts and see the big picture, and not just on everyday issues… Lately I’ve been recruiting people to my neighborhood. In the two years since my family moved in, we’ve convinced two other families to join us… and we have a third on the way. My pitch is ready anytime if you are interested!
Senior Vice President
P: 312.384.1220 x223
I’ve been in the mechanical business for over 30 years, including a stint as a design engineer. I like staying ahead of the pack–whether it’s safety, service, green building, technology or re-writing various codes, I think MCA and I are always on the cutting edge. I like fixing problems and I like helping people so this is the perfect job for me. And yes, I’m a nerd. I’ve always preferred the term nerd over geek but you can call me either.
I’m the go-to person for: Technology, Safety, Service, Sustainability, Building Codes and Engineering. I can cover other areas in a pinch since I’ve seen it all.
Hobbies: I love to write and I love public speaking. I also like motorcycles but don’t currently own one because they are too dangerous to ride everyday. But if anyone ever wants to go riding at the national convention let me know, we can rent!
You’d be surprised to know that: I’ve started writing two books and I hope to finish them someday.
DANIEL C. DAY, CAE
Vice President of External Relations
I’m the Vice President of External Relations and have been at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago since 2004. I’ve been in construction trade association management since 1988 and several years ago attained my CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation with ASAE.
I am staff liaison to the Government Affairs, Meetings and Events and Membership Committees and the Industrial Section. I also am the Executive Director of the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) and Secretary of the Joint Conference Board (a jurisdictional dispute resolution board for the Chicago and Cook County construction industry).
I am the go-to person for: MCA special events, government relations, MCAA and membership.
Hobbies: In my spare time I love to play golf and am Past President of Western Trade Association.
You’d be surprised to know that: I’ve been a crazy Bears, Cubs, & Blackhawks fan all my life.
Director of Marketing and Communications
I first joined MCA in 2014 as Director of Marketing and Communications. My responsibilities include managing the development and production of all of MCA’s publications and marketing materials, web management, and any other media, photography or communication-related tasks that happen to arise. As staff liaison to the Emerging Leaders Section, also I love planning fun networking events for our members who are 45 and under.
I’m the go-to person for: relaying information to our members and the public, website updates, and working with the Career Development (Student Chapter), Emerging Leaders and Marketing Committees.
Hobbies: I love to binge watch Netflix series and I’ll read anything I can get my hands on. When I’m not busy with those, you can find me cooking (and eating) delicious food or exploring the city of Chicago.
You’d be surprised to know that: I’m a proud Wisconsinite that has taken the leap and moved to Chicago. I’m University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna who loves the Badgers and watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears.
Director of Education
Born in Phoenix but I’m true mid-westerner at heart! I have over 28 years in association experience at the Mechanical Contractors Association. In addition, I coordinate and support all educational programming and keep track of and encourage member engagement.
Is the go-to-person for: Resources for members to achieve the education they need to improve and grow their businesses.
Hobbies: I love traveling with my daughter to new places, shopping, reading, relaxing and binge watching “The Walking Dead”
You’d be surprised to know that: I am a reality tv junkie!!!!
Director of Finance
I have been working at MCA since 2001. With over 25 years of accounting experience, I’m responsible for managing the day-to-day finances of MCA as well as PEC, CWB, LMCC, MIPAC Coordinating Committee and IEBB. In addition, I’m also responsible for the Human Resources department. With all that being said, I still love what I do even after all of these years!
I’m the go to person for: Anything to do with Accounts Payable/Receivable, LMCC contractor reimbursements, Audit & Investment Committees.
Hobbies: Letting the dogs take us for long walks, trying new recipes ( and talking my husband into be my taste tester), spending time with family.
You’d be surprised to know that: When traveling I prefer a campsite to a hotel room.
I’ve been with MCA and CWB since December of 2000. As well as helping out wherever needed, I handles the Certified Welding Bureau requests for papers on certified welders. After parenting two children to adulthood, I entered the workforce again to pursue a new career at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago.
I’m the go to person for: CWB requests, RSVPs to MCA events and keeping MCA of Chicago organized and running smoothly.
Hobbies: For enjoyment I like traveling, music, sports and interacting with my five grandchildren.
You’d be surprised to know that: I have a BS degree in Elementary Education.