Meet The Staff

Business Representatives

Directing Business Representative | Sam Cicinelli
Sam has been a member of Local 701 since 1988. He worked as a Cadillac technician and served as shop steward for 11 years while serving as Vice-President for Local 701 for five years. Sam was appointed Organizer for Local 701 in 2000 before becoming a Business Representative.
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Assistant Directing Business Representative | Mark Utley
Mark started his career as a technician with the Gary Public Transportation Corporation in 1979. He worked his way up to the working foreman position while being a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. He was instrumental in organizing 701 in at Jimmy Diesel in 2002.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Tony Albergo
Tony Albergo has been a Local 701 member since 2004 and was employed at Fermi National Laboratory as an electrician for 8 years prior to being appointed to the position of Business Representative / Organizer in May of 2016.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Armando Arreola
Armando Arreola has been a member of Local 701 since 1995. He worked at Illinois Auto Central –Thermo King where he served on the negotiating committee. Armando was appointed to serve as a Business Representative in 2004.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Mark Grasseschi
Mark Grasseschi was appointed as Business Representative in 2015 and has been a member of Local 701 since 1987 .
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Business Representative / Organizer | Terry Kimmel
Terry has been a member of Local 701 for over 25 years and was appointed to the position of Business Representative in 2012, and elected by the membership in the Business Representatives election held in August 2014.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Bob Lessmann
Bob Lessmann has been a member of Local 701 since 1977. He worked for over 26 years for O'Connor Chevy where he also served as the Union steward. Bob was appointed a Business Representative in 2003 after serving as Vice-President for two terms.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Evan Mickles
Evan Mickles has been a member of Local 701 since 1988. He worked for Pollard Motor Company where he was the Union steward for over ten years. Evan was appointed a Business Representative in 2004.
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Business Representative / Organizer | Ken Thomas
Ken Thomas is a has been a member of Local 701 since 1979. Ken spent over 20 years as a General Motors Technician before switching over Lexus in 2005, working for Lexus of Naperville prior to coming on staff in March of 2017. read more>>

Meet The Organizers

>Organizer | Rich Handler
Rich has been a member of Local 701 since 1984 and was employed at Gartner Hyundai before he was appointed to the position of Organizer in 2011.
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Organizer | Mike Wendling
Mike has been an I.A.M. member since 1975. Mike has worked as a Ford Technician at Currie Motors in Frankfort for the past 17 years. Mike was instrumental in bringing Currie Motors into Local 701 for representation.
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Meet The Officers

President | Joe Schaffer
Joe has been a member of Local 701 for 22 years. Joe has worked for Chevy, Cadillac and Buick as an automotive technician where he served as a steward as well as a Technician. Joe currently works at Dan Wolf Toyota of Naperville as a technician.
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Vice President | Dave Tabor
Dave Tabor is the Vice President of Local 701. Dave works for..
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Secretary Treasurer| Rick Brown
Rick Brown serves as Secretary Treasurer for Local 701. He previously worked at Al Piemonte Ford in Melrose Park, IL.
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Recording Secretary | George Mejia
George is the Recording Secretary for Local 701. George works for UPS.
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Conductor / Sentinel | Greg Costenaro
Greg Costenaro is the Conductor / Sentinel.
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Trustee | Wally Emerson
Wally Emerson is a Trustee.
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Trustee | Terry Kelly
Terry has been a member of Local 701 since 1988. Terry worked as a Ford Technician for 15 years before switching over to the road building industries where he now services heavy equipment.
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Trustee | John Buttney
John Buttney is a Trustee.
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