Our founder Mike Kessock has been in the facilities services business for over 15 years. His professional relationships span the country in both clients and strategic partners. He currently holds the prestigious NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional certification, and provides training and electrical safety program development to dozens of client companies. Mike has worked with some of the largest industrial manufacturers and commercial management companies over the last 15 years to assist in all aspects of facility services. Mike currently lives in Kennesaw, GA.
Keynect, LLC offers a number of electrical services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Among our services offered:
While many service providers offer similar services, Keynect is able to provide superior results in these realms for a variety of reasons. Through certification of Keynect personnel and strategic partnerships with other industry leading organizations, our group of services is overseen and directed in strict accordance with established industry standards. Arc flash hazard analysis and safety program development is overseen by our NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional, of which there are fewer than 150 worldwide. Our infrared thermography program was initially developed by an ASNT Level III thermographer, our switchgear testing and service is overseen by a NETA Certified Level II test engineer. These industry leaders give Keynect an advantage that our competitors simply do not have.
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James F. (Jimmy) Erwin is Executive Vice President of Chicago Title Insurance Company-Commercial (“Chicago Title”). He co-founded Partners Title Insurance Company in 1986. The company sold in 1999 to LandAmerica Financial Corporation and then to Fidelity National Financial in 2008. In 2009 the name of the company was changed to Chicago Title Insurance Company-Commercial. Jimmy has been in the title insurance business for over 30 years and is responsible for all marketing activities.
Jimmy combines extensive experience in the title industry with a diverse background in banking and finance. His personal involvement with financial institutions, developers and investors provides him with a special understanding of their need for a systematic, orderly approach to resolving title challenges.
Chicago Title is a member of the Fidelity National Financial family of companies (“FNF”); the leading provider of title insurance through its title insurance underwriters—Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company and Alamo Title Insurance.
The last quarter highlighted the overall strength in FNF’s commercial business. Of the $1.32 billion in revenue this quarter, commercial business accounted for $94 million. We are proud to say, this is a 38% increase over the prior year and a sequential increase of 43% from the first quarter of this year.
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George Bandy, Jr. currently serves as the Vice President of Sustainability at Interface, concentrating on global relationships. George is focused on customer intimacy and increase growth within Interface’s largest customers and specifiers by translating the sustainability leadership position of Interface into a direct market advantage.
George provides substantial knowledge of the concepts and practices of sustainability. He believes that looking at opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers can set the standard for other businesses to follow that will result in a brighter future for us all.
George focuses on advancing Mission Zero, Interface’s promise to eliminate any negative impact on the environment by 2020. George is an internationally renowned speaker and travels extensively as a presenter with lectures covering such topics as: The Business Case for Sustainability, Innovation and Design with Nature in Mind, Greening the Supply Chain, Social Sustainability & Culture Change, Biomimicry & Biophilic Design.
Before coming to Interface, George served as the Sustainable Development Officer for the University of Texas- Houston where his role was to educate, develop and support the University in facility operations, construction, development and business practices that demonstrated minimum negative repercussions on social, economic and environmental issues in their use or application. These practices also had to be efficient in their consumption of energy and natural resources. He supported the Building System Analysis of the School of Nursing and the Student Center at UT Houston.
In addition to his duties at Interface, George also serves as the immediate past Chairman of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors. George has been active in the USGBC since its founding in 1995 and has served in leadership capacity's on both a national and local level. A LEED Accredited Professional, he is the former chairman of the Georgia chapter and serves on the National Social Equity Committee and the North Carolina Chapter Advisory Board.
George is a native of Opelika, Alabama and a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Environmental Business Management with continued sustainability training at the University of Texas - Houston.
David Gabel is an experienced professional having held leadership positions for global companies in sales, marketing, business development and supplier diversity. He holds an MBA from New York Institute of Technology, is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is also a member of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. At Interface he directs the corporation’s strategic alliances and also leads the company's minority, women and veteran partner’s programs. Gabel also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Veterans' Business Initiative which provides assistance for veteran business owners to become viable suppliers of a myriad range of goods and services.
Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. For 40 years, the company has consistently led the industry through innovation, and now leads the industry in environmental sustainability. Interface is setting the pace for development of modular carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment, and is well along the path to “Mission Zero®,” the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. Interface’s worldwide carpet manufacturing facilities maintain third party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, and the company obtained the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the commercial floor covering industry in North America. The company is recognized globally for its commitment to build environmental considerations into its business decisions.
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Gerry joined the CoStar Group in 1995 as an Account Executive in the New York metro region. During the first six years at CoStar he held a variety of sales positions involved in growing the company’s client base as CoStar expanded into new geographic markets as well as growing and training the CoStar field sales organization. During his tenure the company has grown from 30 to approximately 2,300 employees.
In recent years, Gerry has been the Vice President, Major Accounts. He is involved with the commercial real estate industry’s 12 leading brokerage firms in the United States. He is responsible for selling, administering and growing corporate-level agreements with these firms. Internally, Gerry works with CoStar’s entire sales, marketing and customer service organizations to manage new sales, along with the proper servicing and support provided to these major clients.
CoStar Group (Nasdaq:CSGP) is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. Through LoopNet, the Company operates the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online with more than 9.0 million registered members. Apartments.com is a premier online apartment resource for renters that matches apartment seekers with great apartment homes and provides property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. CoStar operates websites with over 17.5 million unique monthly visitors in aggregate during third quarter of 2014. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with a staff of over 2,300 worldwide, including the industry's largest professional research organization.
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Michael joined Genea in November 2011 as CEO and shortly thereafter added the role of President to his responsibilities. Prior to joining Genea, he was Managing Partner of First Beverage Capital, an investment firm targeting businesses in the beverage industry. Prior to First Beverage, Michael spent over ten years as a private equity investor at Leonard Green & Partners, where he sourced, evaluated and structured acquisitions of companies in a variety of industries. He also led the strategic planning, business development and financing initiatives for a number of companies acquired by Leonard Green. In his last few years at Leonard Green, Michael headed the firm’s efforts in the technology, media and telecommunication industries. Prior to Leonard Green, Michael was a member of The Blackstone Group’s private equity investment team.
Joseph has spent his career serving top commercial real estate clients. Prior to joining Genea, he held senior research analyst, sales and account management positions at the CoStar Group, the leading provider of commercial real estate information and analytics. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University.
Genea provides cloud-based software and services for the commercial real estate industry. We are committed to developing product offerings for our customers based on customer service, value enhancement and innovation. Our goal is to streamline processes for building teams and tenants through software solutions matched with outstanding service.
Genea's flagship product, ACS Cloud, provides tenants with convenient and immediate access to afterhours HVAC and lights via smartphone, tablet or computer. ACS Cloud connects directly with a building's automation system (BAS/EMS) and virtually eliminates the property team's afterhours workload of programming requests and generating tenant invoices.
Our Automated Meter Reading & Billing (AMRB) solution simplifies the process of collecting submeter values and billing tenants for supplemental equipment. AMRB features a mobile app that streamlines the collection of submeter values and automatically generates high quality tenant invoices. We also offer Building Apps and Web Portals as a comprehensive and cost-effective service for building teams to easily design, deploy and maintain a sophisticated digital resource for tenants to easily access building services.
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Bob Clarke brings more than 25 years of experience in the facilities services industry. He manages key long-term client relationships for ABM and has overseen and managed the ABM Janitorial division’s national and regional sales teams and organic growth strategy over the last several years. He has driven consistency and accountability into the field sales process, fostering cross-regional communication and improving close ratios.
As part of ABM’s new Onsite Services business model and his proven abilities, Bob most recently has assumed overall management responsibility for Onsite sales and marketing, and is accountable to lead the coordination, support and strategy for achieving Onsite sales targets.
Bob’s focus is to continue to drive consistency into our national and local sales processes as well across all Onsite service lines, and in conjunction with Corporate Sales & Marketing. Bob oversees the coordination of operational sales support for the Regions as well as sales operations and pipeline reporting, standardization of onboarding, training and compensation programs, and ensures our Onsite marketing programs are contributing to organic growth.
Tony Piucci brings to ABM more than 20 years of industry experience. In his role, he oversees national account sales and management, seeking out new national accounts and expanding current clients’ large multi-state accounts in the corporate and commercial real estate markets. Previously, Tony was responsible for national account sales for all of ABM’s divisions in the Midwest including Engineering, Lighting, Parking, and Security. He has also served in various field sales, operations and management positions. Tony spearheaded the initial development of the ABM GreenCare® program working closely with ABM’s national suppliers on identifying Green Seal certified products to be included in the GreenCare program. He developed program support materials for both customers and operations, and assists in implementation efforts for national accounts. Tony also helped develop ABM’s quality management system in order to meet the needs of ABM’s national accounts. After graduating from Marquette University’s Business School, Tony worked for ABM in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Columbus, Ohio. Tony is based in ABM’s Chicago office and resides with his wife and three children in Naperville, IL.
ABM (NYSE: ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of $4.8 billion and over 100,000 employees in 350+ offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM's comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes — from schools and hospitals to the largest and most complex facilities, such as manufacturing plants and major airports. ABM, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909.
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Teri Trautwein is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Brickman/ValleyCrest Landscape Company and lives in Boston, MA.
After a successful collegiate track career and earning her degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Teri spent eight years working for Cintas Corporation in the sales and sales leadership capacity. Teri moved to Boston to join Citizens Bank where she oversaw property operations for the 1,400 branch network with a focus on building branch standards during the IPO effort as Citizens separated from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Teri now oversees strategic national partnerships for Brickman/ValleyCrest Landscape company and has a focus on corporate and commercial properties.
Brickman/ValleyCrest provides comprehensive landscaping services to commercial clients nationwide. Property managers rely on us for worry-free and sustainable landscape maintenance services delivered by a highly qualified local team backed by our national resources. Our turnkey customized services include routine landscape maintenance, landscape architecture, landscape development, complete tree care, snow and ice services, and exterior facility solutions.
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Joseph (Joe) Azzarello is Senior Staff Engineer, Sustainability, for the Kohler Co. Mr. Azzarello is one of the original 10 founding members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993. He was the first Vice Chairman of the US Green Building Council from 1994 to 1996 and served on the national Board of Directors of the USGBC for several years. He was a member of the team that developed the very first LEED New Building Design and Construction Guideline for Green Buildings, commonly known as LEED 1.0, and was involved in beta testing the new guideline with an existing Green Building.
Mr. Azzarello has been in the environmental field for over 25 years implementing recycling, energy efficiency, sustainability, carbon footprint measurement and reduction programs, marketing and green building design and construction programs for several Fortune 500 companies. He worked as a LEED Reviewer for several years rating the LEED Compliance of over 200 buildings to the LEED Guidelines for certification and continues to serve as an Educational Reviewer helping select programs to be presented at each GreenBuild.
Mr. Azzarello received his bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Masters of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering. He is a certified LEED Instructor and a registered and active USGBC® Faculty™. He has traveled and trained extensively throughout the world, training over 2,000 people in LEED, Green Building and Environmental Sustainability Issues. He also directs the global LEED Certification of all Kohler buildings obtaining Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum LEED Certification levels. He also works closely with new product development focusing on the total environmental footprint of current and new products. Mr. Azzarello currently serves as the head of the Education Committee for the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and is a member of the US Green Building Council’s LEED User Group – Industrial Facilities, which is working to develop pathways to allow increased LEED certification of manufacturing and other industrial facilities. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Technological University Alumni Association and the Greening of Yellowstone National Park facilities group.
Kohler Co. is located approximately 4 miles from the shore of Lake Michigan, roughly 60 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kohler was founded in 1873 when John Michael Kohler purchased the Union Iron and Steel Foundry in Sheboygan, WI. Kohler Co. began making farm implements and small cast ornamental fittings, including horse hitching posts and cemetery crosses.
In 1883 Kohler developed some enamel powder and applied it to a cast iron horse trough. The new product was named the “Horse Trough/Hog Scalder”. Someone came up with the idea of adding some legs to the scalder and the bathtub was born!
Today Kohler Co. is comprised of four major business units: Kitchen and Bath, Global Power, Interiors and Hospitality. It has operations located in 136 countries around the globe, approximately 35,000 employees, and sales of approximately $6 billion dollars per year. It is one of the largest privately family owned companies in the world.
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Glenn has been involved in Transportation Planning and Management for the past 20 years with a focus on Parking and Transportation Demand Management (TDM).
Glenn Kurtz is presently an Executive Vice President for Lanier Parking Solutions. Glenn is responsible for developing and marketing new services for Lanier that integrate parking and TDM. Glenn has built a long-term business model for Lanier and the parking industry that brings together parking and alternative transportation management services under one roof. Mr. Kurtz played key roles in Lanier’s efforts to bring the Streetcar and Carsharing (Zipcar) to Atlanta. Recently, Mr. Kurtz created LANIER consulting which focuses on parking and transportation planning for small downtowns and mixed use developments. Glenn came to Lanier from the Perimeter Transportation Coalition (PTC), were he served as the Transportation Management Association's (TMA) first Executive Director.
During his three years as Executive Director of the PTC, Glenn developed alternative transportation programs for more than a hundred companies and properties that included discount transit sales, parking management strategies, shuttle, carpooling and van pooling and pedestrian programs. Glenn spearheaded an effort that created two Community Improvement Districts in the area that continue to raise over $2 million a year for transportation infrastructure improvements. While at the PTC, Glenn chaired one of the most successful TMA Summits. The 2001 TMA Summit brought to Atlanta, Georgia over 400 transportation professionals from around the globe for three days to exchange ideas and learn from one another about TDM best practices.
Prior to his pioneering work with the PTC, Glenn held the position of Senior Planner for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Commute Connections program where he marketed TDM and parking management services to public and private sector employers throughout the Atlanta Region. Glenn came to Atlanta in 1995 to manage bus and parking operations for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Glenn has also helped coordinate transportation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and 2010 and 2006 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Salt Lake City respectively. A resident of Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood, Glenn serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and on the Board of the Grant Park Conservancy. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Chastain Park Conservancy and the Green Parking Council. He is a 2011 Leadership Atlanta Alum.
Drew Riley joined LANIER Parking in 2005 as Manager of the Columbia, South Carolina properties. He was quickly promoted and relocated to Norfolk, Virginia in February 2006 to take over three properties owned by Harbor Group International. Over the next four years, Drew became responsible for overseeing operations in Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Norfolk, VA; Virginia Beach, VA along with business development efforts in the Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD region. Currently, Drew resides in Houston, TX where he oversees business development efforts in Texas, Phoenix, and Denver. Drew has been the recipient of the LANIER Shining Star Award which is awarded to one employee each year for their strong work ethic and ability to go above and beyond the LANIER Parking Standards. Drew understands that customer service is the key ingredient to any successful location managed by LANIER Parking. Drew is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, has his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and is an Eagle Scout.
Lanier’s parking management services take projects from concept to completion. Lanier provides the expertise at any project stage to achieve a better and more profitable parking system. At Lanier, full service means that we can assist you with parking design, management, leasing, financing, purchasing or facility operations. It also means providing advanced parking technology and financial expertise, which are rarely available in other parking management companies.
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Tracey is a National Account Manager, with over 22 years of experience in the lighting industry. She is responsible for creating national programs, customizing solutions that offer both energy saving and environmentally friendly lighting products that incorporate controls and state of the art technology in lighting systems. She works directly with the end user to find the best solution that works for them and then will roll out the program on a national scope.
Osram Sylvania provides innovative, environmentally responsible lighting products and controls. We’ve developed the latest in LED, HID, and fluorescent technology as well as integrated lighting control systems. Our products are designed to save energy, improve the quality of light and meet sustainability goals. SYLVANIA also offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-efficient LED lighting luminaires for outdoor, commercial and residential use.
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Gary LeGrand provides strategic leadership to 47 sales representatives throughout Area South Central. He Focuses on retention of existing business and creates strategy with local operations. Oversight of results to retention and growth priorities and leadership to obtain results through adherence to plans, best practices, and continued training and development of our people. Involvement with proposal creation, approach, and delivery to customer. Work with Director of Portfolio, Area Vice President, Area General Manager, and local Management to accomplish company targets. States of responsibility include New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida as well as Puerto Rico.
Large amount of responsibility and self-initiation including sales, technical customer service (including but not limited to helping clients through complex elevator problems in non-technical language), providing training to sales reps in person or through web sessions and helping the sales team build more effective solutions for customers.
Schindler Elevator Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, services and modernizes a broad range of elevators, escalators and moving walks for almost every building type. The company is the North American operation of the Switzerland-incorporated Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider, present in more than 140 countries. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions.
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Matt Brinkman is responsible for company branding, growth and client relations throughout the Southeastern United States. He also serves as SecurAmerica’s National Accounts Lead in the commercial real estate vertical market.
Matt currently serves on an advisory board for Georgia Tech’s Master’s program in Facility and Property Management. He is an active member of BOMA and has served on the Board of Directors and chaired various committees over the past 11 years in Atlanta. Matt was the recipient of the Committee Chairperson of the Year award in 2013.
Matt has also taught at Penn State and Georgia State as an adjunct instructor in Homeland Security as well as certificate courses for private business pertaining to Security Surveys and the Creation of RFPs. He has participated in research at Penn State as a private sector consultant for DOD grant research into non-lethal weapons and applications for their use.
SecurAmerica is a privately-held, American-owned contract security services company based in Atlanta, Georgia. We provide innovative contract security service solutions across the US, which provide uncompromising value, cost effectiveness and results to our clients. Our business model is based on creating and delivering operational excellence to each and every customer by selecting the right people, training them to exceed our customers’ requirements and providing them with a culture that is focused on 100% customer and employee satisfaction.
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Neille Kommer, a top producing sales executive, has been with Yardi Systems for 8 years working with existing clients to achieve a higher ROI with Yardi solutions. She earned her Master of Information Technology degree in 2000 and worked as a web developer prior to sales. Neille lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and daughter. She enjoys cooking and traveling in her free time.
Now in its fourth decade, Yardi® is committed to the design, development and support of software for real estate investment management and property management. With the Yardi Commercial Suite™, Yardi Multifamily Suite™, Yardi Investment Suite™ and Yardi Orion™ Business Intelligence, the Yardi Voyager® platform is a complete real estate management solution. It includes operations, accounting and ancillary processes and services with portfolio-wide business intelligence and platform-wide mobility. Yardi is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and serves clients worldwide from offices in North America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
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