When Greg McDonnell was first hired to provide lighting and power for a tunneling job, lighting technology was as primitive as the narrow tunnels themselves. Like pioneers in any technology, when he couldn’t find what he wanted, Greg experimented. He needed a material that would be unaffected by the harsh tunnel construction environment. He found it in a synthetic rubber called neoprene. Natively unaffected by sunlight, ozone or weather, neoprene is resistant to flexing, twisting, accidental cuts and damage caused by abrasion. It is also water-resistant. These characteristics have earned his products the nickname “ruggedized”. In 1975 Greg bought molds, founded the Connomac Corporation and began producing “tunnel ready”temporary lighting cords for the industry. Greg has continued to provide innovative solutions that keep pace with advances in tunnel technology. Other industries, including scrap yards, steel plants and railroads have demanded Greg’s “ruggedized” products.
Bridget Mushrush plays a key role in “Connecting with Connomac!” Bridget has worked at Connomac since 2011 and has had the pleasure to speak with and assist many of our customers and vendors. Bridget is responsible for Connomac’s marketing, advertising, website and customer relations. She is also responsible for human resource functions, accounts payable and payroll. Bridget enjoys getting to know Connomac’s many customers, especially dealing with our international customers. Prior to joining Connomac, Bridget earned B.S. and M.S. degrees and worked many years in elementary education.
Bill Mushrush began working with Connomac in 2014 as a business consultant and has over 35 years of experience in the areas of leadership, operations and training. In September 2015 Bill was named Acting President and in April 2016 was appointed as President by the Connomac Board of Directors. Bill brings a wide breadth and depth of experience to Connomac and is passionate about helping Connomac grow, strengthen and provide the best products and service in the industry to our loyal customers. He has made important contributions to Connomac in the areas of information technology, marketing, plant infrastructure and front office operations.
Before working with Connomac, Bill spent 34 years in secondary education as an Industrial Technology teacher and as an assistant principal for operations/vice principal in a large suburban high school. Bill also completed a 30-year military career as a U.S. Army Reserve officer with over 13 years of command time from company to brigade levels and the last 7 years with the rank of Colonel, before retiring in 2009. His branch specialties were logistics, ordnance, and quartermaster with key assignments in the areas of operations and training.
Director of Sales & Business Development
Joe McDonnell worked at Connomac during high school before enrolling at Illinois State University in 1974. After college graduation in 1979, Joe began his electrical apprenticeship, working for Tunnel Electric during the next 20 years. Holding various positions during this period, he continued to climb the managerial ladder, acquiring an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Joe understands this industry top to bottom and joined the Connomac team in 2017. He is an accomplished team player who promotes customer loyalty through the diligent pursuit of customer satisfaction. His knowledge and experience will afford customers keen insight into many electrical issues associated with Connomac products.
Foreman of the Minni-Mac® line of products
30+ Years of service
Production and Customer Service Coordinator
5+ Years of service
30+ Years of service
Former President, Connomac Employee 1978-2016
The incredibly sharp mind. The ability to make good things happen. Mike’s strong ethics, integrity and generosity set the tone for his leadership style. He nurtured our unique Connomac culture. Its inclusive nature encourages each employee to contribute his or her best to the group and rewards them for their innovations. His positive influence on all who knew him will not be dimmed by his passing. This is the legacy to which most natural leaders aspire. This is Mike’s legacy.