Jeff Gauger, national facilities director
Jeff joined the Open Sky team in 2019, bringing with him the educational background, the executive experience, and the passion for excellence his role as National Director of Facilities demands.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Certified Public Accountant, Jeff’s initial employment experiences were in public accounting, where he attained manager level, and a nationally acclaimed real estate management and development company, where he served as Controller of Asset Management. He then served on the executive teams of three manufacturing companies—as Executive Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Sales, and Principal.
Tom Smith, national facilities maintenance director
Tom joined Open Sky Education as the national facilities director in June of 2014, having served as an independent consultant and school representative for numerous Educational Enterprises building projects. He is now responsible for overseeing the maintenance management of all Open Sky Education facilities nationwide.
Tom brings an extensive background of 30+ years of construction experience and management, combined with a passion for providing excellence in education for all children. Previously, Tom owned and operated a general contracting company and worked in various construction and commercial real estate development firms as a project superintendent, project manager, estimator and property manager. During his career, Tom has constructed and managed more than 1.4 million square feet of warehouse, commercial, office and educational space.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
Bill Minnich, regional facilities director, Arizona region
Bill joined Open Sky Education as the Arizona regional maintenance coordinator in August 2014. He is now responsible for overseeing the maintenance program at three EAGLE locations in the Phoenix area. Bill is dedicated to providing a clean, safe, comfortable and well maintained facility for the comfort of the scholars, staff, and visitors.
Bill brings extensive management and execution experience in day-to-day preventative maintenance and repair of equipment. Prior to Open Sky, Bill worked in the retail industry for 35 years, the last nine as facilities manager of a national retailer’s Scottsdale locations. Bill was a corporate award winner for facilities standards in three of his nine years. He had oversight of the maintenance and cleaning programs in two locations, with a combined 550,000 square feet and $160 million in annual sales. Bill was also a Cub Scout Den Leader during his son’s elementary school years.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.