Home Builder Tracy Hill Leaves a Legacy

October 16, 2012
Tracy Hill, a former president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) and former director of the Home Builders Association of Illinois, died Sunday at the age of 68.
Tracy was the son of home builder Kimball Hill, and was raised to be knowledgeable about the Chicago real estate industry and the Illinois housing market. Even as a child, Tracy and his older brother David spent time at construction sites. The Hill family has been building communities throughout northern Illinois for more than 100 years, and both David and Tracy continued the family’s devotion to home building. David took over Kimball Hill, while in 1975 Tracy established Property Specialists, Inc.

At first PSI only managed a few properties in suburban Chicago but eventually grew into a powerhouse with more than 250 communities. PSI was also one of the only five Illinois firms to become a part of the Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC), the highest designation awarded by the Community Association Institute.

Tracy served as the director of the Home Builders Association of Illinois for 10 years, and served three terms as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC). Tracy also spent time serving as president of the Multi-Family Housing Council of Illinois and in 2003 was inducted into the Court of Honor.

A belief in continuing education was extremely important to Tracy, and he received his Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation, which is the highest designation given to an individual property manager by the Community Association Institute (CAI).

In spite of his busy schedule, Tracy still found time to serve on the Illinois Board for epilepsy research and also donated to Harper Community College to help establish a center for the hearing disabled as both conditions affected members of his family.

Tracy is survived by his wife Sandi, and his children T.K (Stella) Hill, Andrew Hill and Morgan Hill.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 19 at the Cary United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin at 9:30.

Memorials in Tracy’s name may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010, or www.hospiceanswers.org.

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