Ken Abrahams – CareCentrix

Janet Acevedo – Hedge Fund

Luis Acevedo – Major League Soccer

Jacqueline Anderson – Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Kelcie Azevedo – Standard Chartered Bank

Tito Bacarella – Branch Real Estate

John Barrie – Soros Fund Management LLC

Ken Beck – Société Générale

Gene Boniberger – Rudin Management

John Boyd – Liveramp

Christian Bryan – IAC

Chris Butterick – LinkedIn

John Buzzeo – NFL

James Camille – Blackrock

Katie Campofelice – LinkedIn

Robert Capua – Global Real Estate and Domestic Facilities for Alliance Bernstein, L.P

Larry Charlip – Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Jonathan Coun – Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.

Daniel Crespo – Facilities Management Professional

Steven Daza – Uber

Jim Derasmo – AIG

Jay Feiertag – Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

Emily Feld – Datadog

Gary Fescine – BlackRock

Sally Fisher – American Red Cross

Brian Foreman – IPG, Mediabrands Worldwide

Mark Freda – Soros Fund Management

Saeid Garebaglow – WeWork

Pamela Georges-Cohen – The CDM Group

Rick Goff – SiriusXM Radio

Stuart Goldberg – SiriusXM Radio

Paul Haley – Wolters Kluwer – Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) Division

Phillip Henry Jr – Coty

Rosie Hobbs – Flatiron Health

Frank Horak – Arnold & Porter LLP

Kiley Larsen – Dentsu Aegis Network

Alex Liz – Duff & Phelps

Peter Lorenz – Kaye Scholer, LLP

Edward Luciano – Endurance

Michael McCabe – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP

Teri Meek – Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP

Andrea Megnin

Ayda Melo-Taveras – WeWork

Rosalie Mignano – IMG Worldwide

Thomas Miner – Kaplan

Colleen Moran – NBCUniversal

Nancy Ng – The Rockefeller Foundation

Anne O’Driscoll – Young & Rubicam

Lorien Olsen – OnDeck

Katy Ostrander – The Community Preservation Corporation

Lawrence Palfini – Tiffany & Company

Daniel Pego – Con Edison of NY

Joseph Portelli – Marubeni America Corporation

Floyd Primavera – GroupM

Irving Ramos – Kantar

Michelle Reynolds – Robert Half

Marc Rubin – Moet Hennessy USA

Gabrielle Rubin Deveaux – BuzzFeed

Joe Russo – Conde Nast

Larry Sadler – AOL/Oath

Audrey Schultz – Pratt

Martin Sillen – Ogilvy CommonHealth

Lydell Simmons – E*TRADE Financial

Carl Thomas – Kaplan

Sherrylynn Trotta – Proskauer Rose LLP

John Vazquez – Verizon

Annette Vega – Comcast NBC Universal

Erick Velez – Yext

Richard Warner – Evercore

Brigitte Zaki – Apollo Global Management, LLC

Jill Zunshine – Hewlett-Packard Company

Michael Zwang – BDO

FM Spotlight

Lydell Simmons – E*TRADE

This month’s FM spotlight is Lydell Simmons. As Director of Corporate Real Estate, Lydell is responsible for assessing the business needs and space requirements for E*TRADE Financial. In this capacity, he examines how to optimize efficiency of all leased facilities while coordinating the safe and secure operations and maintenance of E*TRADE’s real estate assets.

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“I played semi-professional football for the Connecticut Giants from 2000-2004. I was the starting nose tackle. We lost two games over that span and it was an incredibly fulfilling experience. I love playing football. Also, I had just recently moved to Connecticut at this time, so it was a good way to meet new people.”

How did you get into the Facilities field?
“Completely by accident. I am a Civil Engineer by training; however, most of the design work I performed was heads down work. I am sort of a social butterfly, so structural design, while very fulfilling, did not afford me much opportunity by way of collaborating with others; corporate real estate and facilities management did. I get to see and work with all kinds of people and groups on a daily basis. This makes my job and role very satisfying.”

Tell us about a favorite project highlight?
“I would say my most recent project – moving our company headquarters into a new space – is a favorite highlight of mine. It was truly an evolutionary experience where we moved into a space that represents how nimble we are as a company. I loved the fact that the employee teams here embraced the new space and all of its different offerings, such as the open plan, which definitely has its place in our world. I worked with a steering committee of the company’s top leaders and periodically provided project updates, highlighting risks and mitigation plans, ultimately holding myself and my team accountable to the overall success of the project.

I am proud to say that we completed the project on time. Changing the look and feel of a headquarters space is no small feat. I am proud of what we accomplished here at our Times Square space.”

What is your greatest success story?
“My greatest success story came from my first large real estate project in the Seattle, WA market. Early in my career I had an opportunity to sell a property that was owned by my former employer. It was the last property the company owned in its 700-facility footprint. Not only was I able to sell the property, I did so before the end of the quarter, negotiating and executing the leaseback of the space, and the sale proceeds added to the EPS for the quarter (roughly $0.01/share). I was so proud of that. Truly a great experience.”

Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“Real estate and facilities is always a challenge. I would say that the biggest challenge I face is the 'tough customer.' We work with lots of stakeholders and always want to do the right thing. Making sure that there is full transparency between the CRE, facilities management and the end user does go a long way to ensure that trust is built, and that we are all aligned on the same page.”

What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“I would tell future FMs to not be afraid to ask questions. My philosophy is that everyone is empowered to make choices and mistakes. Learning from those mistakes sets you apart from other peers in the industry.”

Interviewed by Sonya Verny of Colliers International, IFMA NYC Secretary