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 joined the Facilities Department at the College of Lake County in 2012 as the Events and Facilities Coordinator. Her current role as the Facilities Business Analyst, has been filled with new challenges, most associated with being the administrator of the Access Control System, the TMA Work Order System, and the 25Live Scheduling System. Prior to working at CLC, Tracey spent more than 20 years in graphic design, management, computer programming, printing and publishing industries, as well as marketing & 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 College of Lake County.
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.
Rob accepted the position of Director of Utilities in October of 2013, currently managing all of the utility operations, procurement, production, and distribution of all energy streams for the Chicago, Rockford, and Peoria campuses, including two co-generation facilities at the Chicago campus.
Prior to UIC, Rob served as Director of Resources for Utilities Administration and Vice President of Prairieland Energy, Inc. at the Urbana Campus, overseeing utility regulatory and legislative affairs, and utility market management. Rob also was employed as the Chief Utility Plant Operating Engineer at the Abbott Power Plant at the Champaign Campus.
Prior to working at the University, Rob served in the US Marine Corps, and spent several years in the commercial power generation industry in positions such as Maintenance Director, Regional Project Manager, and Nuclear Operations Supervisor.
Rob earned a BS in Management and his MBA from the University of St. Francis. Rob serves as the Co-Chair of the Chancellors Committee on Sustainability, Energy & Utilities Sub-Committee, and is a member of APPA, Northern Illinois Energy Users, Chicago Association of Energy Economists, International District Energy Association, and several veteran’s and community organizations.