**It is with deep sadness that the Building and Construction Trades Department announces the sudden and untimely passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers, on April 8, 2012.
Mark H. Ayers is the president of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. Prior to his unanimous election on September 6, 2007, he was the director of the Construction and Maintenance Department of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and chair of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC).
Prior to his tenure as the director of the IBEW Construction and Maintenance Division, Ayers was the business manager and financial secretary for IBEW Local 34 in Peoria, Illinois and served as co-founder and chairman of the Central Illinois Chapter of NECA-IBEW Local 34 Quality Connection. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council.
Ayers attended the George Meany Institute for Labor Studies (now known as the National Labor College), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the International Foundation for Employee Benefits. Mark has also served his country as an aviator in the United States Navy.