Tom O’Keefe


Tom O'Keefe


1. What is your favorite book/author, and why?

It's a hard choice, but I would have to say David McCullough and his biography on the Wright Brothers. The story of the Wright Brothers is incredible. How those two brothers solved a problem that no one could solve. They succeeded where others, including efforts funded by the Smithsonian, did not. It's just an amazing story and one I can read over and over.

2. How long have you been a member of our community? What's your favorite thing to do in the Grayslake Area?

We have been in the community for 24 years. My favorite activity is to walk, hike, or bike ride around town or the forest preserves. There are so many places to explore, and I love coming downtown to see what's going on. It's pretty incredible how the downtown area has grown and prospered since we moved to the area.

3. What's your educational background?

I'm an engineer at heart, but a technologist by trade. I have a bachelor's degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from DePaul.

4. Who is in your family?

My wife Genevieve and I have been married for over 27 years. We have three kids: my daughter Anna, and sons Michael and Kevin.

5. Fun fact?

It's not an exaggeration that my family loves the library, and it is one of our favorite places in town. My oldest son did his Eagle project at the library, and on two different occasions, I've helped my youngest son and my daughter build scale models of the library. Once in Lego and once as part of the Tinkerbread contest.