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Bill Vogel’s passing away on April 30, 2017 was a great loss to our community. Bill was widely recognized as a unique leader in Chicago’s manufacturing sector. Following his retirement from DeCardy Diecasting—a company he had owned for 20+ years—he started a new career.  In his 7 years as Industrial Coordinator for the Manufacturing Connect program at Austin College and Career Academy, he recruited over 75 manufacturing companies to partner with this innovative program on Chicago’s West Side. He also counseled hundreds of students with an honesty, humility, and sense of humor that touched and transformed the lives of many young people.  His day-to-day actions not only inspired students, but also the Manufacturing Renaissance community as a whole.  His passion, persistence, and patience raised the bar for all of us.

In recognition of Bill’s service and to honor his legacy, the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council has established the Bill Vogel Young Manufacturer Leadership Award. In March of every year, the Council will present the award to a young worker in the manufacturing sector or a student preparing for a career in manufacturing. Awardees will receive $2,000 to pursue a career in manufacturing.

Application Process:  Applicants for this award must submit an essay of 450 to 650 words explaining why they are seeking this award, their career ambitions, and their commitment to serve the broader community.  The essay should include answers to the following questions:

  • Why should you be selected as a recipient of the Bill Vogel Young Manufacturer Leadership Award?
  • What are you currently doing that demonstrates your leadership potential in manufacturing?
  • How will this award help you achieve your career and leadership goals in the field of manufacturing?

The deadline for the application will be January 31st.  The Executive Committee of the CMRC will review the applications and announce the winner of the award by March 31st.

Contributions to the award fund should be made payable to Manufacturing Renaissance. These donations will support the annual Bill Vogel Young Manufacturer Leadership Award as well as the operating costs of Manufacturing Connect in his name.  Manufacturing Renaissance is a not-for-profit corporation and donations to this program are tax deductible. Send your contribution to Manufacturing Renaissance, 3411 W. Diversey Ave., Room 10, Chicago, IL 60647