Kevin Austin, CEFP, Senior Director Building Services, Trades and Residential Properties
University of Chicago | [email protected]
Kevin joined the University of Chicago, Facilities Services in 2009 as the Senior Director of Building Services, Trades and Residential Properties. Prior to working at the University of Chicago, Kevin spent more than 20 years in the Facilities Management at educational facilities across California, including Occidental College, Cal Poly Pomona and the University of California (Davis, San Diego and San Francisco). Kevin has been affiliated with APPA and the associated regions for nearly 30 years. Kevin earned his CEFP certification through APPA in 2014.
Tracey recently changed positions and is currently the Manager of Facilities Operations at The Morton Arboretum. While she has been involved in Facilities Management for more than 7 years, this new endeavor allowed her to grow her career. This new role entails her overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Building Mechanics, Carpenters, Painters, and the Construction Crew, in addition to controlling the FM Systems.
Prior to this new position, Tracey spent 7 years at the College of Lake County working as the Facilities Business Analyst and Events/Facilities Coordinator. She has more than 25 years in graphic design, management, computer programming, printing and publishing industries, as well as marketing, trade shows & promotions. She brings expertise, creativity and innovative thinking to her role and this variety provides a diversified skill set that can be leveraged throughout the many components of her job at The Morton Arboretum.
Mark joined the University of Chicago, Facilities Services, in 2013 as the Assistant Manager, Operations. His responsibilities include directing skilled trades in the maintenance and renewal of University facilities and small capital projects. Prior to his current position, Mark was employed as a project and property manager at a real estate development company. His responsibilities were to oversee land improvements, the construction of commercial and high end residential buildings, and the daily operations of investment properties. He is CEFP certified and earned his BS in Management from Purdue University.
Matt Pefley is a Regional Manager with Spirotherm, Inc., the world leader in air and dirt elimination technologies for residential, commercial and Industrial hydronic systems. Matt has 17 years of industry experience in air elimination, dirt separation, piping, sheetmetal, design and other HVAC systems. His more recent roles include Project Management and Estimating as a mechanical contractor.
Early in his career, he was an HVAC Journeyman in the United States Air Force providing building maintenance and steam plant operation. He holds a BS from Northern Illinois University.
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 Director of Facilities Management. While at WIU, Troy earned his Associates degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration from Illinois Central College in East Peoria.