Troy is a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he worked on the heating, cooling, and pressurization of F-14 aircraft. Later he attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he earned a diploma in Water treatment. He was employed with the Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District as a plant operator for two years.
Troy came to Western Illinois University in 1996. He has worked in many different departments of Facilities Management over the years and is now the Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management. While at WIU, Troy has an Associate degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Illinois Central College in East Peoria and a Bachelorette degree from Western Illinois University.
Troy has a passion for service and is driven to improve the facilities at WIU making them more energy efficient and sustainable.
Craig is responsible for planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair, capital renewal, and demolition of campus facilities and infrastructure. Duties include campus and facility planning; capital project program management; architect-engineer consultation and contracting; design and oversight of construction contracts; custodial services; grounds maintenance; operation, maintenance, repair, renewal and demolition of buildings, roads, walks, utilities and other infrastructure; and University transportation.
Prior to becoming the Director of FM at SIUE, Craig served as the Construction and Facility Management Officer (CFMO) for the Illinois Army National Guard at 50 locations with over 4,000,000 square feet under roof and over 5,000 acres spread across the state of Illinois. In total, he has served over 36 years in the United States Military (Active, Reserve and National Guard) in various positions of great responsibility including Company, Battalion and Brigade commands, CFMO, and Deputy Commander of the 766th Explosive Hazards Coordination Cell in Afghanistan. Prior to that, he was an A/E consultant for over 20 years in transportation and federal services.
Tracey has been involved in Facilities Management for more than 12 years. Her Higher Education career started at the College of Lake County, where she was the Events/Facilities Coordinator for 2 years before being promoted to the Facilities Business Analyst. From there she worked at The Morton Arboretum where she lead a team of Building Mechanics, Carpenters, Painters, and the Construction Crew to maintain more than 300,000 square feet of buildings and 1700 acres of land.
Tracey is a life-long learner and has more than 25 years experience with technology. Before working in Facilities management, she worked in marketing & graphic design as well as commercial printing and publishing, while also managing trade shows & promotional projects. This diversity allows her to bring expertise, creativity and innovative thinking to her role as Assistant Director of Facilities Management.
The years of experience with technology and communication allows her to manage projects, budgets and people. Her role at Lake Forest College uses her skills to oversee the day-to-day operations of the FacMan team as well as maintain the more than 1 million square feet of buildings — some of which are over 130 years old. Every day is different and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tom Viel is the Director of Physical Plant at Northern Illinois University. In this role Tom is responsible for utilities procurement and reporting, building maintenance & repairs, small project implementation, as well as heating and chilled water plants. Tom has previously held administrative positions at Beloit College, Village of Lake in the Hills, Rock Valley College, UW-Milwaukee, SIU-Edwardsville and The Habitat Company.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, an MPH from Benedictine University and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee.
John is a Senior Principal and serves as the National Director for Education at IMEG Corp. focusing on the market development for the entire Education sector. He has worked his entire career at IMEG, with over 28 years’ experience in the management and design of projects that are in a wide range of building types, delivery methods, and mechanical engineering design for higher education, K-12 school facilities, healthcare, sports & recreation, commercial, and industrial facilities. John focuses on expanding relationships and delivering engineering solutions to education clients and strategic teaming partners.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.