Facilities Team

Jeff Gauger, national facilities director

Andrew Hartnett, regional facilities director, Missouri region

Andrew has over 17 years of experience in facilities maintenance. He previously served as the Area Facilities Director for Lawrence Group, where he oversaw operations for five mixed-use high-rise buildings in downtown St. Louis. During his time at Lawrence Group he received the 2014 Employee of the Year award for Excellence in Management by the St. Louis Apartment Association.

Andrew is the father to his four sons and believes strongly in Open Sky’s mission of providing a full and lasting education for all children. He is an active member with the Knights of Columbus, volunteers his time mentoring children with special needs, and plays the bluegrass banjo. He is Universally Certified in Refrigeration from Rankin Technical College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri- Columbia.

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.

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.