ELGIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WIM Fox Valley to feature engineer Catherine Tojaga

Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement.

WIM Fox Valley (WIM) presents Catherine Tojaga, owner of CT Mechanical, on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Grumpy Goat Tavern, 875 Sports Way in Elgin, with networking at 11:30 a.m., luncheon and program at noon. Meetings adjourn at 1:00 p.m. Cost for members is $22.00 and non members - $25.00. Area women in business are welcome to attend this month’s presentation. Reservations must be made for attendance online atwww.wimfoxvalley.org

Meeting sponsor is WIM member Melissa Davidson, CPA of Porte Brown LLC, a full service accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Elk Grove Village with offices in Elgin, McHenry, Evanston, and Tinley Park. For more than 70 years, Porte Brown has focused on the highest level of service to individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the region. In addition to the traditional accounting services, such as tax planning and preparation, audit, business valuations, and retirement plan administration, Porte Brown also provides strategic consulting and leading-edge technology implementation for clients in cloud and non-cloud environments.

Tojaga started CT Mechanical in February 2008 at her dining room table and has grown the business to averaging just under $20M. CT Mechanical is a contractor that specializes in commercial HVAC construction and service. Their primary work is with general contractors and end users to make modifications to existing mechanical systems, furnish and install new mechanical systems for new construction, and HVAC service and maintenance or replacement.

Tojaga created her business to emphasize honesty, collaboration, and customer service as she felt it important to create a brand within the construction industry that focused on people and not the commodity. She often says they are not in the construction business, rather they are in the people business, and that their brand is a promise strengthened by their actions. She assembled a team with the strength and knowledge to identify and fix potential issues before they became problems. This has resulted in a solutions-oriented environment that focuses on making the client’s job easier.

In addition to having more than 20 years’ of experience, Tojaga is a registered Professional Engineer and Registered Energy Professional with a background in design engineering. In 2015, she was recognized by Crains’s Chicago Business as one of its “Fast Fifty.” CT Mechanical was ranked in the top half of the list, with their 2014 revenue at $18.6 million and a five-year growth rate at 513%.

Tojaga has various professional memberships and affiliations, including: Women Construction Owners & Executives, National Board Member (WCOE); Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA); American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA); Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); and Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

“We are looking forward to hearing Catherine’s business journey that has led her to success in a male-dominated industry,” said Michelle Groeper, WIM Fox Valley president, an Elgin resident and executive director at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb, IL.

“Since WIM is an organization of “women, inspiring, mentoring’ other women, Catherine will surely provide us with her valuable business and leadership advice.”

Upcoming speakers include: WIM evening celebration meeting on May 3 at McGraw Wildlife Foundation in East Dundee.

WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984 as the Northern Fox Valley Chapter of Women in Management. It continues its legacy as Women Inspiring Mentoring and is a leading women's business organization in Elgin providing professional development and business education scholarships and mentoring opportunities for area women. Members are comprised of women in business professionals and entrepreneurs in a wide range of categories. Area women are invited to join. For more information visit www.wimfoxvalley.org

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