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MCA-EMO Elects 2020-21 Officers/Awards Scholarships


The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri today announced its new 2020-21 officers, elected at the chapter’s April 16 “virtual” association meeting.  The announcement was made by Kristy Stephens, executive director.

Jeff Rush, P.E., president, icon Mechanical, was elected MCA-EMO president and Steve Haberberger Sr., executive vice president, Haberberger, Inc., serves as vice-president.  Michael McCauliffe, president, Corrigan Company, serves as treasurer. Tim Decker, president, C & R Mechanical, begins his term as immediate past president.

New MCA-EMO board members, both elected to three-year terms to the board of directors, are: Kurt Voss, vice president of engineering, Integrated Facility Services and Jason Thompson, president, of Harold G. Butzer, Inc.  Thomas Skaggs, chief operating officer, Missouri Operations for Murphy Company, begins his second year of a three-year term on the board of directors.

MCA-EMO 2020 Scholars

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri also awarded $34,000 in scholarships this year. Four outstanding high school students entering college in September received $8,000 ($2,000 per academic year) and a University of Missouri-Columbia MCAA Student Chapter member received a one-time award of $2,000.

High School Scholars 

Ben Walker is from Bowling Green, MO (63334). Throughout his time at Bowling Green High School, Ben has maintained a high cumulative GPA and is active in his Future Business Leaders of America. He also volunteers at his church and has received multiple academic and leadership awards. Ben looks forward to attending Maryville University in St. Louis to study actuarial science in the fall. He is the son of Shannon and Darin Walker, who is employed with Corrigan Company.

Charles Katke is from Ballwin, MO (63011). In addition to a stellar GPA, Charles is involved in sports, community service and has held a job through most of his time at Marquette High School.  He currently volunteers as a Junior Board Member at the Ranken Jordan Children’s Hospital. Charles demonstrates leadership abilities as the team captain of his varsity hockey team and as an elected member of several boards at school.  He will head to the University of Mississippi in the fall to study mechanical engineering.  Charles is the son of Christy and Joseph Katke, who is employed with C&R Mechanical Company.

Madison Blanton is from Caseyville, IL (62232). Madison’s academic achievements at First Baptist Academy include a cumulative GPA of over 4.0.  She demonstrates peer leadership by acting as co-president on the Student Council and the Pep Squad coordinator.  Currently, she is co-director of Inner-City Summer Camp in Illinois and Co-Director and Teacher in Inner-City Ministries in Missouri.  Madison has been in the National Honor Society throughout her high school career and has received additional nominations and awards for her academics.  She has been accepted into Missouri Baptist University’s Direct Entry Nursing Program for the fall.  Madison is the daughter of LeAnn and Daniel Blanton, who is employed with Murphy Company.

Anna Massey is from Wildwood, MO (63038). Anna is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained an excellent GPA throughout her time at Eureka High School.  Despite dealing with medical issues, she completed AP and honors classes, mentors incoming freshmen, and has been on the varsity swim team all four years of high school. Outside of school, Anna takes part in a swim club, and holds a job as a swim instructor where she is specially trained to work with kids with special needs. Anna’s dream is to work with kids who have been victims of extreme trauma. To achieve this goal, she plans to study child psychology/criminology at Southeast Missouri State in the fall. Anna is the daughter of Autumn and Brian Massey, who is employed with Johnson Controls, Inc.

MCAA Student Chapter at University of Missouri-Columbia Scholar: 

Derrick Jenkins is from Independence, MO (64058) - Derrick has been a member of the MCAA Student Chapter at Mizzou since 2017 and has taken part in three national competition projects – two of which resulted in Final Four selections.  Throughout the fall semester of school this year, Derrick worked as an intern for Murphy Company, where he helped to build the new University Precision Health Institute. He plans to complete his degree in mechanical engineering in May 2021.

MCA-EMO offers programs crucial to the ongoing success of contractors and vendors operating within the construction industry in Eastern Missouri. For more than 120 years, the MCA has provided cost-effective educational opportunities taught by qualified and experienced professionals in the MCA Training Center. MCA-EMO also offers industry events, networking opportunities, and sponsors a student chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Visit:


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