Troy C. Alley, Jr.
Troy C. Alley, Jr.
Executive Vice President and COO
Troy Alley grew up in Pine Bluff, where his parents owned a service station. He was encouraged to study engineering at the U of A by his mother.
At first, Troy felt overwhelmed by his new surroundings and the challenging classes, but he quickly learned that by making connectinos with people – talking to his professors and asking for help when he needed it – he could succeed in his classes. When he graduated, Troy took a job with a defense contractor in Maryland, designing radar and sonar systems for the Navy and Air Force. After a couple of years in that job, he because interested in sales and real estate, and he earned a master’s degree in real estate and finance from Southern Methodist University.
In 1979, Troy and his brother Gerald started a construction company and real estate business called Con-Real. Con-Real is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, and has offices in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Oakland and Little Rock. As the number one black-owned construction and real estate service company in Texas and the southwest United States, Con-Real finds strength in diversity.Troy has received his Certified Property Manager designation and he is a Texas real estate broker. He serves as a Texas real estate commissioner and is a member of the Appraisal Institute. Troy has completed advanced studies in real estate development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Con-Real and Troy value community service. On the spot where one of his family’s businesses stood, the Troy and Gladys Alley Information and Public Safety Center now provides a resource for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the surrounding community. The Alley Scholars program brings minority students from around the region together annually for networking and leadership training.
At the U of A, Troy is known as the founder of the Engineering Career Awareness Program, a recruitment and retention program for underrepresented engineering students.
Troy is a member of the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering, the College of Engineering Campaign Committee and the Engineering Advisory Council, as well as serving on advisory boards at Southern Methodist University and UT Arlington. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Alumni award from the College of Engineering. Troy and his wife, Unnice, livein Desoto, Texas.