Tom Wilkins, Founder & CEO
As founder and CEO, Tom has grown The Wilkins Group from a two-man crew to an established organization with more than 200 employees. For three decades, Tom has served as the “think tank” behind Wilkins. He is also an active member of the industry who has driven technology regulation initiatives, and participated in technology awareness programs with numerous corporations, chambers of commerce and educational institutions. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Tom to the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board (TIFB). Tom was also a charter member of Richardson Chamber of Commerce’s Telecom Corridor Council. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the American Technical Institute in Killeen, Texas, and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he was a member of the Presidential Ceremonial Honor Guard. Since 1993, Tom has been a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and an accredited member of Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI). A longtime auto racing enthusiast, Tom is a proud member of the Viper Club of America. He enjoys restoring vehicles and can be found on either the race track or the golf course in his spare time.
Tomeka Herod, President
Since 1997, Tomeka has provided executive leadership for The Wilkins Group. She is Wilkins’ 2nd generation company executive who forecasts industry trends, negotiates contracts, advises management, looks at “big-picture” strategies for the organization and also ensures that senior professional team members are contributing positively to the company’s bottom line. Additional Tomeka’s roles include defining Wilkins’ company culture, managing customer relationships, handling human resource activities, and strategic business planning. She has a diverse background in corporation communications, public relations, business and administration. She also leads the company’s training, recruiting, proposal-writing team and ensures realistic schedules and uniform, time-honored deliverables from the operations team to the company’s customers. Tomeka is also responsible for managing the Internet solutions and cell site maintenance departments, including budgets, contracts and personnel. Her training has prepared her to lead, retain and supervise administrative and technical professionals. Tomeka holds a Master of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she has served as Chair of the African American Alumni Associates; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sam Houston State University. Prior to joining Wilkins, Tomeka worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Technical Writer. Tomeka is a member of YPO Global, a former Board Member of the Community Council of Greater Dallas, a current Board member of Word Visions Foundation and is the Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair for the Northeast Dallas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and mentoring grade school youth.
Faye Moses Wilkins, Owner
Faye serves as the policies and procedures liaison between The Wilkins Group’s operations and administration departments. She produces realistic delivery schedules, adheres to committed schedules, and applies uniform, time-honored deliverables to the company’s customers. Prior to joining Wilkins, Faye was a Post Graduate Practical Nurse (PGPN) and later became a real estate broker, managing all facets of her real estate company including human resources, marketing, accounting, and operations for 15 years. An advocate for the development of women and minority leadership, Faye served on Plano City Council’s Multicultural Outreach Roundtable (MCOR), and several minority councils. She is also a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications. Faye is an active member of the community and has worked with non-profit organizations including The Boys and Girls Club of Collin County and Plano Rotary Club and promoted special events such as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Faye currently is Chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board. An avid golfer, Faye served as President of the Women’s Golf Association of Bent Tree Country Club 2014-2016.
ConTrenia McKinzie, VP of Operations
Trenia brings nearly 20 years of experience in IT networking and telecommunications to her role as Vice President of Operations at The Wilkins Group. She currently manages the company’s underground construction and broadband departments and oversees customer escalations. She applies proven project management principles to maintain tight project schedules for efficiency and productivity. Trenia is also responsible for safety training and OSHA compliance. A member of The Wilkins Group team for more than a decade, Trenia has a deep understanding of the business and customer expectations. Her passion for customer relations has generated numerous letters of gratitude from satisfied clients recognizing her leadership abilities to get the job done right the first time. Prior to her current role, Trenia was responsible for maintaining and monitoring Level II and Level III LAN/WAN networks for a seven-state region. Since 2012, Trenia has served on the North Texas Damage Prevention Council and is currently the Scribe for the local chapter of Texas 811. She is an also active with drug outreach programs in her local community. In 2015, Trenia celebrated her 20th anniversary as a Wilkins employee!
Emma Williams, VP of Human Resources
Emma is a responsible for recruiting and retaining talented team members to support The Wilkins Group’s diverse telecommunications projects. She also manages the daily administrative requirements of the business. She brings keen business instincts to her role, as well as years of experience supervising, managing and being a top producer with the world’s largest retail chain. Emma has been a valued member of The Wilkins Group team for more than 17 years. Prior to joining Wilkins, Emma was an entrepreneur and business owner who mentored her top associates to become business owners themselves. She is a member of Greater New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, SHRM, Dallas HR, NAACP and Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority & Fraternity, Inc. An expert motivator, Emma’s motto is “Change what needs changing…not what’s easy!”
Eddie Woolfolk, VP of Customer Service
Eddie joined Wilkins in 2013. He serves as Vice President of Customer Service, ensuring the company’s standards for quality and responsiveness are met across its many engagements. Eddie also recruits and manages the company’s buried service wire crews in Missouri and Oklahoma. Eddie has a rich history in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Wilkins, he worked for AT&T for three decades. Throughout his tenure with the telecom leader, Eddie served as an outside plant lineman, station installer and cable repair technician. He was later promoted to management and oversaw cable repair, installation and maintenance in Missouri. Next, Eddie worked as a cable analysis supervisor before moving to a staff position with the Missouri One Call Project. He was later promoted to a position as Area Manager for community relations. He then accepted a position as Area Manager – Installation Repair until his retirement. Eddie then went on to work for McCarty Associates, providing training for AT&T as well as many Independent Telephone companies. In this position, Eddie traveled across the United States and Canada and trained technicians on how to use test sets for cable maintenance and ADSL installations before returning to AT&T as an independent Contractor for Quality Control inspector for outside plant maintenance. Eddie holds an Associate’s degree in Design and Drafting from Linn State Technical College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Tarkio College.
Andrea Bird, Department Coordinator
Andrea assists in managing the company’s underground construction and broadband departments and serves as a liaison with our customers and subcontractors to ensure that all needs are met in a professional and timely manner. As a certified PMP (Project Management Professional), she is conversant in all project management knowledge areas and phases. Andrea works efficiently with all levels of company management to execute company strategies and project implementation. Her strong leadership qualities inspire confidence and trust that is demonstrated in employees consistently accomplishing company goals. Andrea holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Southwestern University.
Kimberly Petroff, Project Coordinator
Kimberly has 10+ years accounting and financial experience. She was a Staff Accountant at Wilkins 2004-2009 and currently serves in the role as an Administrative Project Coordinator supporting our wireline departments as a router, dispatcher, customer liaison, travel planner and payroll assistant amongst other duties. Kim has also created some of Wilkins’ internal auditing and reconciliation processes and procedures for our field teams.
Kim has also been a Small Business Owner, in the commercial and residential flooring and remodeling industry. As an entrepreneur, Kim served as a Board Member for the Lavon Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as Treasurer and Events Committee Chair.
Kim is an active supporter/participant in the Fostering Hope Program, a not-for-profit organization formed to benefit needy children and seniors in Wylie, TX and surrounding communities.
Kim’s major motto as stated by Aristotle is – We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, attending NASCAR races and riding Harleys!