Metra Director Larry A. Huggins, a member of the commuter rail agency’s board since 1997, has been elected vice chairman by his fellow board members.
Mr. Huggins was elected by unanimous vote to replace Director Elonzo Hill, who died in February. He was appointed to the Metra Board in 1997 by the City of Chicago and was elected treasurer of the board in August 2006. Director Jack Schaffer was elected to replace Mr. Huggins as treasurer.
Mr. Huggins is president and chief executive officer of Riteway Construction Services Incorporated and is a leader in development, management and general contracting for commercial, municipal and residential properties. Riteway was founded in 1975 as Riteway Painting and Decorating. In 1985, the firm expanded its focus to provide construction management, concrete and development services changing its name to Riteway Construction Services Inc.
Riteway, through Mr. Huggins abilities to form creative partnerships, has been involved in every major construction project at O’Hare Airport including United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and O’Hare’s international terminal. The firm was also involved in the construction of the new Cook County Hospital.
Riteway and Mr. Huggins have received broad recognition top industry awards for advocacy for economic opportunities for minorities. He is a founding member of Black Contractors United (1979), serving as the organization’s vice president in 1987 and was named contractor of the year by the group in 1986 and 1997. In 1981, he received the annual Bronze Hard Hat Award from the Chicago Economic Development Corporation in recognition of the firm’s achievements, performance and growth as a minority-owned construction firm.
Mr. Huggins has twice received recognition by the Chicago Urban League (1990 and 1991), was twice named outstanding contractor by the Coalition for United Community Action (1992 and 1994) as well as contractor of the year by the group in 2000. In 1995, he received an Exemplary Entrepreneur Award from the Bank of America, and in 1996, he was named minority contractor of the year by the Chicago Department of Transportation. He was also named contractor of the year for the Grant Park Museum Campus Project in 1998. His community service contributions were recognized by the Inner City Youth Council (1993 and 1994).
Mr. Huggins also sits on the board of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Riteway holds memberships in Black Contractors United, the Chicago Urban League, the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce and Operation PUSH.