The McGladrey Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes distinguished Chicago-area business executives who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in business and civic involvement, and have made a significant contribution to the community, thereby setting an example for future business leaders.
“McGladrey is proud to recognize these two exceptional business people for their accomplishments in their industries and the leadership they’ve shown in the Chicago business community,” said Karen Kurek, who presented the awards and is a partner and national practice leader for manufacturing and distribution at McGladrey.
Marsha Serlin began United Scrap Metal in 1978 with $200 and a rental truck, spurred by the need to support her young family. But she also saw beyond “scrap” to the opportunities recycling posed as a service that companies would value. During the next three decades, she grew her small business into an operation with 2,500 customers nationwide – many of whom are major manufacturers and corporate clients – that her company serves from its recycling facilities on a 35-acre campus on Chicago’s near south side. Recognized as the owner of the sixth largest woman-owned firm in the Chicago area in 2011 by Crain’s Chicago Business, Serlin is known for working closely with her clients across various industries, including foundries, petrochemical and pharmaceutical, to tailor services to meet their metal-recycling needs.
John D. Mueller had already had a successful career in chemical engineering when he purchased G&W Electric in 1978, satisfying a long-held dream to buy and run his own company. While G&W had enjoyed success producing cable accessory products since its founding in 1905, by 1978 it was in poor financial shape. By investing in research, development and manufacturing, Mueller transformed G&W into a company capable of producing innovative electrical power systems and products for companies, utilities, governments, militaries, renewable energy firms and universities around the world. In the process, Mueller expanded G&W’s operations to China, as well as locally, where the Bolingbrook-
Mueller passed away in May 2012 and his award was presented posthumously. His son, John H. Mueller, current chairman and CEO of G&W Electric, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.
“Mr. Mueller and Ms. Serlin exemplify how ingenuity in manufacturing can influence their respective industries and have a tremendously positive impact beyond Chicago,” said Kurek. “They have been terrific business ambassadors for our city.”
McGladrey presents the Lifetime Achievement Awards during its annual Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summit, held this year in Rosemont, Ill. on Nov. 13. The meeting was one of 20 such summits McGladrey is hosting in major cities across the United States in 2012. The summits are an opportunity for leaders in the manufacturing and distribution industry to gather and discuss the 2012 McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor survey results, in which industry executives shared their perspectives on major issues affecting U.S. manufacturers and distributors. In addition, thought leaders provided analysis at the summit of the challenges and opportunities facing companies today.
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