The Chicago-Area-Chapter, RCI, Inc. presented retired Emeritus Member Thomas P. Billish, RRC, RRO, CDT with the Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award on January 18, 2017 during the Chapter’s award presentation ceremony during a cocktail reception following the Chapter’s Annual Program and Meeting in Oak Brook, IL. The award honors Tom for his long-term commitment and service, and exceptional leadership characteristics to the Chicago-Area-Chapter of RCI, Inc.
Tom Billish’s career began in the early 1970s working first as an apprentice roofer with James Mansfield Roofing in Lyons, IL, and by 1978 as a foreman. He later moved to Esko & Young Roofing in Chicago as roofing/waterproofing estimator and project manager, before starting his own business, Crawford Roofing & Maintenance, which he then sold in 2011.
Tom joined RCI on October 19, 1987, and has been an active member until his recent retirement, and approval by the RCI, Inc. Board of Directors as a Emeritus Member on December 9, 2015. This prestigious status is awarded to those professionals who have been members in good standing for at least 20 years, have reached the age of 70 years, and have been recommended for such status by documented application to the Secretary of RCI, Inc.
One of the original founders and a Charter Member of the Chicago-Area-Chapter of RCI, Inc. (CAC-RCI) in 2002, Tom has been actively involved with the Chapter as a Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President.
Tom’s credentials include Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) and Registered Roof Observer (RRO) from RCI, Inc., and Construction Document Technologist (CDT) from the Construction Specifications Institute.