CII 2019 Awardees

CII Recognizes Mike Elliott with the Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award

Mike Elliott's sons receive their father's Richard L. Tucker Award from CII Chair Steve Cabano and CII Director Stephen Mulva

Two and a half years ago, we lost a dear friend and colleague way too soon.
If you knew Mike, you knew he was quite comfortable when given the opportunity to command a room. He had a lot of knowledge to share -- and truly believed in the mission of CII.  
Micheal Elliott joined Phillips 66 in 1980, where he managed both Upstream and Downstream projects. He held various management positions including international mega project management, operations, petroleum coke licensing, procurement, engineering and construction. 
He successfully managed a multi-billion dollar project in Venezuela, which won many awards including the 1999 Presidential Safety Award. He served as executive assistant to the Vice President and Executive Vice President of worldwide Refining, Marketing, Supply, and Transportation.  
For years Mike represented Phillips 66 on CII’s Board of Advisors and he served as CII’s Chairman the year he passed. He has also served on CII research teams to improve performance of projects and coauthored a Design and Construction Manual. 
Mike was experienced in all phases of projects from Business Development, through Project Completions to Operations. He was even bilingual -- speaking Spanish and English.  
Yet Mike’s impressive background and experience is only part of the reason CII’s Executive Committee selected him to receive this award. Over the years, Mike had been a mentor and leader to so many people at CII.
Mike personified the criteria of the Richard Tucker Award: He was an ambassador of CII – a true champion of CII Best Practices – and always made time to advise and coach his CII peers. 

There is a saying that projects are built by teams of people.  Mike preferred to say “Great projects are built by a strong team of great people working together.”
It is CII's great honor to present the Elliott Family with this award -- to recognize the major contributions Mike made to CII -- and to our industry.

Deborah McNeil Receives CII's James B. Porter Jr. Award for Technology Leadership

Steve Cabano and Stephen Mulva present the James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership to Deb McNeil

Deborah McNeil is an inspiring capital execution and improvement leader with nearly four decades of experience in the chemical industry, project execution arena. 
Starting out as a process engineer for Union Carbide, Deb spent her early career in capital execution activities and then moved to people leadership, work process improvement, and engineering design automation efforts.
Deb spent the last 19 years making a huge impact on capital projects for The Dow Chemical Company. She has always been a strong advocate of infusing technology across our industry.
Because of her belief that technology helps owners improve craft and field productivity, Deb was actively involved in Fiatech since its inception, and proved to be absolutely instrumental in merging Fiatech into CII. Deb helped lead the integration team that brought these two organizations together.

Deb demonstrates the highest levels of dedication and commitment to everything she is a part of – and when Deb is on your team, you will win.

CII is better because of dedicated and passionate member volunteers like Deborah McNeil.     
Over the years, Deb has served in the following roles in CII and or Fiatech:    

  • Implementation

  • Fiatech

  • Board of Advisors

  • Engineering Productivity Measures

  • Technology

  • Construction Readiness Assessment for Productivity Improvement

  • Downstream and Chemicals

  • Strategic Planning Committee

  • (BTSC) Innovative Delivery Methods of Info to the Crafts

  • Advanced Work Packaging CBA

CII is thrilled to present Deb McNeil with the James Porter Award for Technology Leadership.

Mike Rowe Receives CII's Carroll H. Dunn Award

Most everyone knows Mike Rowe from his TV show, Dirty Jobs, or for narrating the Deadliest Catch series and Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week!” and more recently starring in Ford Motor Company commercials.
But not everyone knows how much Mike gives back. For more than a decade, Mike has been a “behind the scenes” philanthropist though his foundation: mikeroweWORKS. mikeroweWORKS was designed to reinvigorate the skilled trades. The foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in manufacturing, construction, automotive technology and other STEM-related occupations, and focuses on issues related to:
  • a widening skills gap

  • an aging workforce

  • and millions of unfilled trades jobs.

Today, Mike actively runs the foundation himself. He works closely with SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry that provides educational programs and competitions.
The SkillsUSA framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. SkillsUSA’s championships program ensures schools are teaching relevant technical skills. Since 2011, mikeroweWORKS has provided travel scholarships to nearly 400 SkillsUSA students, representing an investment of over $365,000 in America’s future skilled workforce.
Mike is also the spokesperson for Go Build Alabama. Through the Go Build campaign, Mike educates young people on the value of learning a trade, dispels misconceptions about the construction industry, and inspires them to consider a career in the skilled trades. Go Build and the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute aim to provide more highly skilled tradesmen for construction businesses and enhanced economic development for Alabama and the nation. Training programs throughout the state help workers start earning a competitive salary with increasing benefits right away—without worrying about student loans.
Forbes identified Mike as one of our country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
CII is pleased to honor Mike Rowe with the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence.

Date posted: August 29, 2019