50 Notable Alumni

Collin Carlier

Chief Operating Officer, Royce & Brinkmeyer Apartment, Champaign, Illinois

Associate in Arts

Business Administration


Collin attended Western Illinois University for one year before returning and enrolling at Parkland College. He did not know where his education would take him, however he knew that Parkland had a great reputation.

He was surprised by the quality of context in the education at Parkland. And his nominator said that “Parkland was a very important step in preparing Collin to enter the University of Illinois. It gave him the guidance and education he needed with full-time instructors and smaller class sizes. This experience set the foundation for him to be successful in the university and his employment.”

Collin received his Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an EPA Certified Renovator and has been featured in several national publications and case studies; including: “Tips on Landlord Relationships” with Tyler Deitz of Cazoodle, Inc; “Royse & Brinkeyer Saves $17,000 on Corporate Website” with Entrata Software, Inc; and “Multifamily Student Housing Company Finds Speed & Simplicity in HappyCo’s Inspections Apps” with Cory Zimmerman of HappyCo.

Collin said that “my interest in calculus started with her (Vicki Beitler, Collin’s calculus professor at Parkland) but led me to finance, to the University of Illinois, to get my MBA, and to have the confidence and expertise to handle the complex financial, economic, social, and regulatory challenges of running Royse & Brinkmeyer Apartments. I attribute the commencement of that “hunger” to Parkland College.”