| Tim Springer, Ph.D. - President+Chief
Tim’s a self-proclaimed evolving curmudgeon, codger and sometimes contrarian. He has a mixed bag of experience and expertise from corporate research at State Farm Insurance to Department Chair in Human Environment and Design at Michigan State University to President and Chief of the consulting firm HERO.Tim has been fortunate enough to work with some of the leading experts in workplace research, ergonomics and design. In sixteen years of collaborating with Mike Brill and BOSTI, Tim played a key role in developing many innovative office concepts. Tim was part of BOSTI’s team that developed “Hotelling” – an alternative office strategy first successfully applied at Ernst & Young in Chicago. He worked with Mike Tatum and Alan Lauck on Andersen Consulting’s Advanced Development Center in Dallas. He collaborated with Neils Diffrient on the ergonomics of a new office system design. He’s created a number methods and measures that have been adopted by other practicing professionals and continue in use today. Throughout his career, Tim has been committed to education and learning. He taught in both Business, and Psychology Departments at Illinois State University; served as Director of the Facilities Management program and the Center for International Facilities Research (CIFR) at Grand Valley State University; assisted the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) steer their professional development curricula for Facilities Management, Real Estate Management and Building Operations through the American Council on Education (ACE) accreditation process. As Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Human Environment and Design at Michigan State University he developed and led the graduate program in Facilities Design and Management. At North Dakota State University he taught courses as a Visiting Professor and evaluated the curricula of the undergraduate major in Facilities Design and Management. Tim's a researcher, educator and entrepreneur. He writes and speaks extensively on a wide variety of issues of environment and behavior. Most recently he has been a regular contributor to ergonomics in design a Human Factors and Ergonomics Society blog. A dynamic, entertaining and educational presenter, he has participated as an invited speaker, panelist, workshop leader or keynote speaker at conferences and events around the world. He has a long list of publications. But, he admits, he only does the academic shtick when there's something meaningful to share. He was dubbed "A Reluctant, Rebellious Guru" by Today's Facility Manager - read the article to see why.
Kreon Cyros of ISFE describes Tim as "one of those rare individuals who have learned it, studied it, taught it and done it - he backs up his impressive credentials with real world experience and an innate ability to make complex things simple to understand."