June 27, 2016
O’Neill aims to open communication with leaders amidst state budget impasse
A local Michael Baker International leader is demonstrating how “We Make a Difference” in our communities by driving policy change and advancing the engineering profession. John O’Neill, office executive for Michael Baker’s Chicago office, was recently appointed by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Illinois to serve as the chapter’s president for a one-year term beginning in June.
John assumes his new role as president during a particularly challenging time for the state, which is in its second year without a budget. As ACEC-Illinois president, John is tasked with overseeing the organization and achieving the mission to “assist members in achieving higher professional, business and economic standards, thus enabling them to provide better consulting engineering services to their clients.” To achieve these goals, John aims to work with local organizations to develop grassroots campaigns, conduct legislative outreach and advocate for open communication between agencies and members to help leaders find a solution to the budget impasse.
With more than 25 years of highway engineering and design experience, John brings a wealth of experience to his latest appointment, including notable contributions to the ACEC as a member of various supporting committees and the Board of Directors.
ACEC-Illinois is a statewide business association comprising more than 200 consulting engineering firms that together employ more than 10,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists and support personnel.