The President's Series - Troy Triphahn
Scott Brown, Director of Business Development for the W-T Family of Companies, dives into the professional experience and lives of our company presidents. Next up: Troy Triphahn, Vice President and COO of W-T Engineering, Inc.
You have been living and breathing W-T Engineering since you were born. This company was started by your grandfather, built up by your father and now you hold an executive position. What is your first memory of W-T Engineering, Inc?
When I was growing up, it was a treat to get to go to the office. The first space I remember was in an industrial park on Monaco Drive in Roselle. Drafting tables, fancy pencil sets, electric erasers... all these things were pretty exciting to play with for a young kid. Most of those things are only in museums now!
What philanthropic endeavors does W-T Engineering partake in, and more importantly, why?
I have always been taught that you cannot truly be successful unless you are willing and able to give back. Philanthropy, community involvement and generally being active outside of our day to day work life is a big part of what makes all the hard work worthwhile. On the corporate side, W-T supports many charitable causes such as many local park district foundations, WINGS, Relay for Life, Children’s Miracle Network and many many more. This year, we also donated our time to design a one of a kind playground with Make-a-Wish for a child in Waukegan, IL. Personally, I am the Chairman of the Friends of HE Parks Foundation, a member of the Children’s Advocacy Center Leadership Board and Chairman of the W-T Foundation.
You are a busy guy. Family, work, volunteer efforts with the community. How do you balance it all?
Simple. I am lucky to have awesome people around me both at home and at work. I believe in a strong team above and beyond anything else. My father passed along a “work hard, play hard” attitude to me and I believe if we are all working towards a common goal, that is possible for everyone. I get to spend quality time with my wife and 2-year old daughter and when I go to work, I see the rest of my family. If I’m really lucky, I may finally even get my golf index down one day.
What are the new trends that are happening in our industry?
Technology. We need to work fast and lean and remotely more often than ever. After the recession we found ourselves a bit behind in technology, but our investment has skyrocketed over the past several years. We have implemented Newforma company-wide and continue to train this year, we continue to invest in BIM software and training, and one of our companies plan to launch a proprietary web-based project management system Q1. We continue to challenge our IT department to jump ahead, taking the attitude “if we are not moving forward, we are falling behind.”
We are growing and expanding geographically. Can you explain to folks: why we are expanding and how this will benefit our client base?
When cellular really took off the 1990s, we saw the need to be licensed where our clients needed us. This drove us to continually invest in professional licenses across the nation for our top PEs. Currently, our professionals have licenses in approximately 45 states. Most clients have unique tendencies and design requirements and there is a learning curve for us as consultants to gain full alignment. With W-T being “highly licensed”, our clients do not need to experience a new learning curve with a new consultant in each market they enter. This can add tremendous value and save both time and money for our clients.
Vice President and COO
Troy has extensive knowledge, experience and passion for development. With his background in business, Troy understands that your sites are more than just development projects, but valuable assets that will affect your companies bottom line.