Hundreds Attend May 19 Expo as ASA Connects Subs with GCs



Thirty general contractor exhibitors and 750 individuals attended the American Subcontractors Association Midwest Council’s annual “Meet the GCs” expo May 19 at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Normally held in January, the event was postponed until May but did not deter hundreds from showing up to engage with general contracting firms throughout the St. Louis region. ASA Midwest Council Executive Director Susan Winkelmann said the event is one of three hosted annually by the organization and provides an opportunity for subcontractors to engage with GCs to build working relationships.

“These individuals and companies have gone a year and a half since their last interaction with each other at a ‘Meet the GCs’ expo,” said Winkelmann. “This event allows people to meet face to face and solidify relationships. It’s clear from this year’s attendance, exhibitors and guests, that the time has arrived to begin meeting in person again to do business.”

This year represents the 19th consecutive ASA Midwest Council “Meet the GCs” event, according to Winkelmann.

In addition to the ASA Midwest Council, May 20 exhibitors included: Alberici Constructors, BEX Construction Services, Brinkmann Constructors, BSI Constructors, Clayco, Contegra Construction Co., Conway Contracting, Eagan Building Group, Echelon Constructors, Green Street Building Group, Holland Construction Services, IMPACT Strategies, Kadean Construction Co., KCI Construction Co., The Korte Company, L. Keeley Construction Co., McCarthy Building Companies, McGrath & Associates, PARIC, Pinnacle Contracting, Poettker Construction, Rhodey Construction, River City Construction, Russell HBD, S.M. Wilson & Co., SITELINES, Tarlton, United Construction and Wright Construction.

Professional Installers, Inc. Hires Steve Giacin as New President and Chief Operating Officer

Former President of Kaiser Electric and the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, Steve Giacin has joined Professional Installers, Inc. (PI) as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. PI founder, Aubrey Kimberling, has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO. Located in Maryland Heights, MO, Professional Installers, was established in 1984 and continues to be the premier contract office furniture installer in the Midwest.

Steve brings 35+ years of construction, construction management, operations and executive level experience to the Professional Installers, Inc. team. Steve will be responsible for corporate strategy, growth, cost containment and business development. “As part of our overall growth and diversification strategy, we are very excited to have someone with Steve’s experience and qualifications in the construction industry joining our team and look forward to opening up new vertical and geographic market channels for PI”, added Aubrey Kimberling.

Before joining PI, Giacin most recently was the Vice President, Division General Manager for a national electrical contracting firm overseeing its Colorado operation which included $35 million of P/L responsibility. Prior to that he was President of St. Louis based Kaiser Electric from 2008-2014. He has also served as the President of the American Subcontractors Association – Midwest Council, has been a Leadership Chair and Board Member of ASA National, served on the Boards of NECA St. Louis Chapter, St. Louis Amateur Blues and Affton Hockey, and was Hockey Coach at MICDS in 2011-2012. Having grown up in his father’s masonry and snow removal businesses, Steve became an IBEW electrical apprentice in 1985, worked in the field as an electrician from 1989-1993 before taking his first management position. Steve has his Bachelor of Science degree from Webster University. Steve’s wife Cathy is Executive Director of the Bi-State Fabricators Association.

Founded in 1984, St. Louis based Professional Installers, Inc. is a proud member of the Facilities Services Network, a nationwide best practices and leadership group comprised of the top 20 contract furniture installers in the U.S.