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Mike Falkenstein
Business Manager / UA Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 136 in Evansville, IN
Mike Falkenstein

Born in Wheeling, WV, Mike Falkenstein, newly elected business manager of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136, has held many positions throughout his career with Local 136 and their contractors. He currently sits on the JATC board as well as Local Pension and Negotiating Committees but Falkenstein states that the position he enjoyed the most was being the Training Director for the Local Apprenticeship School. When Falkenstein was out of high school, a friend’s father asked him his plans for the future. He thought it was either college or the military until he told him about the Plumbers & Steamfitters Apprenticeship. Mike Falkenstein put in his application and started his apprenticeship in September 1974.

It was while working as the coordinator at the training center that Falkenstein was introduced to MemberTrak for the first time. Before implementing this software, everything was tracked on paper or on spreadsheets. Falkenstein states that since advancing to the MemberTrak software they are able to track everything imaginable, including bio information of every Journeyman and Apprentice as well as Travelers, all of their skills and certifications, fringe benefits, dues payments, and hours worked. Falkenstein commented on how simple dispatching has become and this has made both the Union Hall and JATC offices more efficient and made record keeping much more accurate.

Despite his physical size, Mike Falkenstein is really an easygoing guy. He is a dedicated family man who values honesty and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. Falkenstein also enjoys getting his corvette out for drive in his spare time and also likes to spend time gardening. He likes to watch most sporting events but will tell you his favorite time of year is March Madness.

Mike's favorite quote: “Everyone is ignorant, only in different subjects.” - Will Rogers

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my children.

What are you most thankful for? I am most thankful for my health, family and the opportunities that have been given to me.

Would you recommend MemberTrak to other unions? The possibilities are endless with this software. I recommend that you give CGM a call and take a look at it.

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Matt Langendorf
Business Manager / Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 149 in Savoy, IL
Matt Langendorf

Matt Langendorf was born in Urbana, IL, where he has spent most of his life. After graduating high school, Matt began taking classes at the University of Illinois. However, he soon realized it wasn’t for him. On September 20, 1993 Matt joined UA Local 149 and immediately felt a connection. “I loved the family atmosphere of the apprenticeship and the fact that the lessons we learned would be used on the job, not just useless facts that I would never need or use.” And in that atmosphere he thrived. In December of 2008, after serving as the Training Coordinator for Local 149, Matt was elected Business Manager. When asked about his current position Matt said: “It is an honor to represent the finest trained, highest caliber work force in the construction industry.”

Matt Langendorf is sometimes known for his stubbornness, so when we asked him to describe himself in three words his response was, “stubborn, very stubborn and really stubborn”. One of his favorite hobbies is preparing and eating large meals with his two children. Matt also enjoys hunting with his son and tries to go as often as possible.

Each year Matt helps host and participates in a sporting clay shoot. Various local unions throughout the mid-west participate in the event. The clay shoot raises between $5,000 and $10,000 each year and all proceeds are given to local charities. In addition, Matt was a youth basketball coach for 10 years and currently presents at several youth organizations each year. He encourages young people to stay in school and shares his knowledge of career opportunities.

Matt Langendorf is a board member for the UA Marketing Committee, Vice President of the IPTJTC, President of East Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council and Chair of the ECI Health & Welfare Fund.

Matt’s favorite quote: “We can’t get it finished if we don’t get it started”.

What are a few things many people don’t know about you? My feet hurt every single day and I love to watch the sunrise.

What is your favorite movie? Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

What are three things you can’t live without? My family, my friends, and Local 149.

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Mark Ondracek
Business Manager / Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 464 in Omaha, NE
Mark Ondracek

What started 35 years ago as an apprentice in a trade union, soon became a passion for Mark Ondracek. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Mark has always been proud of his family and their roots. His father and grandfather, both of which Mark recognizes as his greatest role models, taught him to work hard and be dedicated in all things. Growing up, his father and grandfather taught him how to manage his finances, be diligent in his work and to never forget where he came from. Today Mark is recognized for his dedication to his work and standards.

When asked what he enjoys most about his position, Mark said: "I greatly enjoy being able to assist local 464 members sieze the opportunity to have a good life. It is something I did 35 years ago when I first started as an apprentice in the trade union". Mark has been the Financial Secretary for Local 464 for 19 years, and has served Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local LU 464 with compassion and persistance. As a result, he was elected Business Manager in June, 2012.

Mark's favorite quote: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.” -Martin Niemöller

How do you typically spend your leisure time? What are your hobbies? I enjoy working around the house, fixing things up and working with my hands. I love, more than anything, spending time with my family. Occasionally my grandkids and I sneak away on fishing trips.

What are your favorite books and/or movies? At the risk of revealing my age, I really enjoy any movie starring Jeremiah Johnson. However, one of my favorite movies of all time is Major League.

Can you name one of your favorite celebrities? Jack Nicholson. Who doesn't love that guy?!

Who are some of your favorite musicians? Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Bob Seger and Jimmy Buffett. If you ask me, there was no credible music made after 1985.

What are the 3 things for which you are most thankful? My family, because they make my life worth while. My job, because here I have been blessed. Lastly, the guy that invented beer. I don’t drink all that much, but I sure enjoy the taste!

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Perry "Skip" Howard
Business Manager / Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 421 in Charleston, SC
Perry Skip Howard

Born in Gilbert, SC, Perry “Skip” Howard has always been a family man. He relies on his faith, family and friends to help support his strong leadership and people skills.

Skip Howard has been a member of the United Association for over 40 years, and has been serving as Business Manager to local 421 for 15 years. When we asked him what he likes most about his current position, Howard said: "I like meeting new people and being able to provide work for the members of local 421".

Outside of work, Skip enjoys spending his leisure time with his family, farming and doing woodwork. Skip also enjoys kickin' back and watching football, as he his quite the Green Bay Packers fan.

Skip's favorite quote: “Why the hell do I have to dial 1 for English?”

What are you most proud of? My daughter

What are your favorite movies and/or books? I really like western movies, and I am a big fan of John Wayne and Dean Martin.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? ...Bald

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