Bob Trojan graduated from Chicago Vocational High School and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Graduate of University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering and Northwestern University with a master’s degree in marketing. Started work career in engineering and manufacturing management positions with Fiat Allis Construction Machinery. Then took an assignment as President John Brown PLC Machine Tool Division in Coventry England. President, Executive Resources Inc., his own consultant company in Rhode Island. Came to the Rockford area in 1990 as president of Hydro-Line Inc. Started Rockford Linear Actuation Inc. in 2002 after Hydro-Line Inc. was relocated. Employs 22 and specializes in designing, manufacturing and selling hydraulic cylinders to domestic and international distributors and customers. Lives in Caledonia with his wife, Norma. Has three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren living in Crystal Lake and Connecticut.