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Vice President for Professional Affairs



Don Guckert
P.E., APPA Fellow, Associate Vice President/Director Facilities Management
University of Iowa

Don Guckert serves the University of Iowa (UI) as associate vice president for facilities management, responsible for master planning, space planning and utilization, design and construction, utilities production and distribution, energy management, custodial services, landscape operations, maintenance, and UI’s Office of Sustainability. Prior to joining UI in 2003, Don was director of planning, design and construction for the University of Missouri. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher-education facilities management and an additional 10 years of construction industry experience. Don is a licensed professional engineer and earned a master’s degree in engineering management and bachelor’s degrees in engineering and liberal arts and sciences from Penn State.

Don serves on the Professional Development Committee as the representative for APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management. He has been a faculty member of the Institute since 1993, and its dean of Planning, Design, and Construction since 1998. He has presented at annual meetings for MAPPA, CAPPA, RMA, PCAPPA, VAPPA, Big Ten and Friends, Big 12 and Friends, ACUHO-I, SCUP, and NACUBO. He also has presented at local and regional meetings for various construction and design groups (CSI, DBIA, AGC, AIA), and the Missouri Bar Association. As an adjunct faculty member for the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, Don taught a senior/graduate-level course for 11 years.

Don authored and coauthored several articles for Facilities Manager, The Construction Specifier, Business Officer, and Planning for Higher Education, and has served as the editor of two APPA monographs. He participated in 10 FMEP peer reviews and four Thought Leaders programs. In addition, he led the 2015 review of the Institute for Facilities Management, served on the 1999 Institute Redesign Committee, completed a CFaR project on recharge rates, served as a section editor for the Body of Knowledge, and served as APPA’s representative on the Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI’s) Editorial Advisory Board.

In recognition of his contributions to the association and profession, Don was named an APPA Fellow in 2006. He is also the recipient of APPA’s Meritorious Service Award and CAPPA’s Meritorious Service Award, and a two-time recipient of both the APPA President’s Award and the Rex Dillow Award. APPA has recognized Don’s organization with five APPA Effective and Innovative Practices awards, and APPA’s Sustainability Award.

Platform Statement

My career-long engagement with APPA has contributed much to my success and, in turn, provided me opportunities to serve, stretch, and give back to our profession. If chosen as President-Elect, I will consider it humbling and an honor to be trusted to lead an association that serves its members in such an effective and meaningful way.

In leading APPA, I would embrace its vision to become a “global partner in learning” and pursue with passion its mission of supporting educational excellence. The experience I’ve gained as an Institute dean and faculty member has positioned me at the center of the evolving needs, content, and delivery of professional development for our members. I have seen how education has enlightened, engaged, and energized APPA members. More importantly, I have recognized that the greatest value derived in APPA settings comes from colleague-to-colleague engagement—the building of professional networking, the open sharing of innovation and best practices, the development of productive relationships, and the creation of lifelong friendships that define APPA’s brand.

APPA’s Strategic Plan serves to align the leadership, Board, regions, staff, and members to pursue the APPA Vision Statement by fostering competencies, collaboration, and credibility. The leading strategies and foundational elements of the Strategic Plan provide numerous opportunities for advancing progress in areas in which I have been successful in my career. I would bring to APPA more than 30 years of experience leading complex organizations in senior-level positions. My track record in professional development, research and innovation, strategic communications, high-performance team-building, application of technology, and development of measures and metrics aligns well with the ongoing work of APPA. I have a particular interest in how big data analytics is finding its way into everything we do, and how we may harness this revolution to advance our Strategic Plan objectives. And finally, I would lead efforts to better integrate and leverage APPA’s centers of excellence and thereby elevate the value that APPA provides its members.

Higher education is facing the critical challenges of a generation, and with it our profession and our association will need to change, adapt, and grow in order to be tooled for a new and uncertain future. I will serve as an effective member of APPA’s leadership team and will dedicate myself to give back to an association that has given so much to me.



Anthony Guerrero
CFM, CEFP, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services and Campus Operations
University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell)

Anthony Guerrero has been in facilities management for over 30 years and has overseen UW Bothell and Cascadia College facilities since the summer of 2003. He manages facilities services, campus safety, emergency management, environmental health and safety, and commuter services for the campus.

He has an MBA from Seattle Pacific University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate in facilities management from the University of Washington. Tony retired from the United States Air Force Reserves after 20 years of service. He holds a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) designation from APPA and a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Tony’s career in facilities management began with the State of Arizona in the early 1980s, before he moved to Seattle to become the maintenance superintendent at the Kingdome from 1989-1997. From 1997-2000, he was director of the Yuma Civic and Convention Center and baseball complex in Yuma, Arizona. He returned to Seattle in June 2000 to begin working for the University of Washington, Seattle as the Southwest Maintenance Zone manager. While at UW Seattle, Tony came to know APPA.

Tony began his APPA journey in 2006, volunteering as PCAPPA’s Award and Recognition Committee chair until 2011. He hosted the PCAPPA 2010 conference in Bellevue, Washington. He is a former regional president for PCAPPA and junior and senior representative. He was the secretary-treasurer of PCAPPA for two years and then in 2015 became PCAPPA’s treasurer, a role in which he also oversees the regional conference budgets. He represented PCAPPA on behalf of Cascadia College on the APPA Community College Engagement Group. As a subject matter expert, he assisted in the update of the CEFP/EFP test. He team taught the CEFP/EFP prep course with other professionals. Tony will again host PCAPPA’s regional conference in 2018. 

In 2013, Tony was one of the founding members and continues as president of the Washington State Chapter of APPA (NWAPPA). He has also been interim treasurer since 2014. He and his board members continue to provide educational facility workshops to APPA members and nonmembers alike.

Tony has been recognized by APPA for his efforts and volunteerism with the prestigious Pacesetter and Meritorious Service Awards and an APPA President’s Award for his work on the Mexico Initiative.

Platform Statement

Why am I interested in this position?

During my time as junior and senior representative, I watched Peter Strazdas fulfill his duties as Secretary-Treasurer to the APPA Board of Directors. He kept the APPA Board business meetings running efficiently and effectively. I was impressed at the partnership that he and Lander Medlin had as they took us through the APPA budget. I said then that I would like to eventually serve as Secretary-Treasurer. It is a position of service to the entire APPA membership, Board, regions, and committees. 

What I hope to accomplish while Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Membership Committee

As I review the financial cover letter from APPA’s Executive Vice President, Ms. Lander Medlin, dated January 30, 2017, titled “Financial Projections for FY 2016-2017; Proposed Budget for FY 2017-2018,” I note that Ms. Medlin provided a summary of APPA’s financial state. She said that the largest increase was in salaries and fringe benefits, where we chose to increase our staffing levels to improve our organizational capacity and our delivery systems. This increase was to our benefit, because it aligned with our strategic objectives. In a similar way, I will work to make sure we can provide funding where we need it most.

Ms. Medlin also said that our membership dues income was lagging because of membership retention issues. With the APPA staff’s assistance, I will do everything in my power to ensure that membership committee members and the regional presidents have the tools, information, and products they need to connect with those who have not yet renewed.   

The new Association Management System (AMS) will help us broaden membership. We must have the best data to connect with our members, and we must know which services are being utilized and which are not. Using Chuck Scott’s three pillars as strategic initiatives, I believe I can be a great asset to continue our work in membership, where we can strengthen our engagement of the member base as well as continue to pursue new member institutions.

Ms. Medlin also provided a great list of the key areas where we will focus staff effort and attention in FY 2017-2018. They include Academy on Campus, Supervisor’s Toolkits, APPA U Graduate Program, Facilities Performance Indicators (FPI), and Job Express/Facilities Manager magazine advertising. I will work hard to provide the Board of Directors the assistance they need to make these areas as successful as possible.

Vice President for Professional Affairs


Daniel J. Bollman
LEED AP, CEFP, Associate Vice President, Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
Michigan State University

Daneil J. Bollman has over 35 years of experience in facilities management, beginning as a student employee in Michigan State University’s (MSU’s) Physical Plant (now Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF)). After completing his degree in civil engineering, he went on to serve in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Bollman returned to MSU in 1990 as a project representative in Engineering and Architectural Services and continued moving up the ranks to his current position as associate vice president for strategic infrastructure planning and facilities. In 1995 he obtained his master’s degree in resource management, became a LEED-accredited professional, and earned his Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) designation through APPA. He has been an APPA member for nearly three decades.

Bollman has been a long-standing MiAPPA board member and a MAPPA and APPA supporter through various presentations, panels, and articles. In 2012, the American Institute of Architects presented him with an Honorary Affiliate Membership for contributions to the profession for his work on the world-class Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum built on the MSU campus. In 2013, Bollman was one of five selected as a leadership fellow from MSU in what is now the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Recognizing his critical thinking skills, APPA asked him to participate in the 2016 APPA Thought Leaders Symposium, Remaking the Facilities Organization.

Most recently, he presented “Campus Energy Systems—An International Perspective” in partnership with the University of Queensland at the 2016 Tertiary Education Management Conference.

MSU IPF administrators have a long history of leadership within APPA, and have included two past APPA presidents and many other APPA leadership positions. In February 2017, MSU IPF partnered with MiAPPA to host the APPA Leadership Academy.

With Dan at the helm, MSU IPF received APPA’s Effective and Innovative Practices Award in 2016, a reflection of his embrace of IPF’s vision statement—for it to become the highest-performing, innovative, leading-edge facilities organization in the nation.

Platform Statement

Why am I interested in the Vice President for Professional Affairs position?

Being in a leadership position within APPA is a way for me to give back to a profession that has provided me with a very fulfilling career. I’ve learned a great deal about people, leadership, and management. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the globe collaborating, learning, and applying my knowledge for the betterment of higher education. Most of all, I’ve been able to do something I love, and that’s a rare thing.

Because I’ve been fortunate enough to have a diverse career in facilities management both in operations and capital construction, I can provide real value to our membership by applying my experience, background, and knowledge.

What would I like to accomplish?

I would like to use the awards and recognition program as a venue to recognize our members for their leadership, engagement, and collaboration. By focusing on these behaviors, we not only support APPA’s strategic plan but we better utilize the program to share our collective knowledge through positive examples of best practices, devoted service, and innovation.

We must lead using our experience, resources, and networks to guide emerging leaders, innovate, and maintain our relevance in higher education.

We must engage our constituents by using rewards and recognition as tools to acknowledge best practices and outstanding effort, and to demonstrate the value that individuals bring to their jobs.

We must collaborate to share ideas and experiences, and to create an environment for innovation that will allow us to thrive in the changing higher education field.

I will also support the APPA Board in its multifaceted approach to grow membership and advance knowledge and offerings for our members.

We are fortunate to be part of an exciting industry at an exciting and transformational time in our history. APPA can help all of us reach our potential, both as individuals and as institutions. I would be honored to serve you in your journey to be the best.