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

Alexandra Liz – Duff & Phelps

This month’s FM spotlight is Alexandra Liz, Director, Global Real Estate & Facilities at premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor, Duff & Phelps. Alex is a big supporter of IFMA NYC and won the Facilities Management Achievement: Facilities Management and Project Planning Award at this year's IFMA NYC Awards for Excellence Dinner.

“Our real estate and facilities expense is one of the most significant line items in the Company. Alex has done an excellent job managing that expense while also introducing a forward thinking office and space planning model that benefits the company and its employees.”- Brett Marschke, the Chief Operating Officer, Duff & Phelps

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“As a mom I enjoy working on art projects with my three daughters - a 10 year old, and 7 year old twins. As a free-spirited adult I enjoy a fine brandy and good cigar.”

How did you get into the Facilities field?
“I graduated from Cooper Union with a BA in Architecture in 2000. After working in a small architectural firm, I realized that I wanted to take my career to a new level and apply my knowledge and abilities in the “built environment” side of the business. Over the span of the next 8 years, I worked as a project manager with the Department of Homeless Services renovating shelters and as a project manager with the University of Medicine & Dentistry in New Jersey designing clinical suites and renovating study halls. I then moved onto a more creative position in design and planning at Meadows Office Furniture.

In 2008, I took a very big step in my career and accepted a position as a consultant at Duff & Phelps, a premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor. I had the good fortune of working with a wonderful mentor and leader, Melissa Armenti. Over the past year, Melissa moved on in her career and that opened the door for my advancement at Duff & Phelps. I’m so proud to be working with such a great team and such a great company at Duff & Phelps, and I was honored when they offered me a promotion to the level of Director of the Global Real Estate & Facilities Group.

I now manage a portfolio with 75 locations consisting of 700,000 SF. My responsibilities include Real Estate, Facilities Management, Design and Construction, and Workplace Planning and Management.”

Tell us about a favorite project highlight.
“When you are managing 75 properties worldwide, it is hard to select one location over another. I have recently completed important projects in London, Singapore, Los Angeles, and New York. One project that does stand out is the work we completed in our Hong Kong office this past summer. It was very special as it combined many facets and intrigue including the integration of Duff & Phelps with two other companies, which we acquired earlier this year.

Understanding the intricacies of each group, managing expectations along side of the client’s restrictions, and then delivering on the user group’s wish list, resulted in a very dynamic space, which is now enjoyed by the collective larger group.”

What is your greatest success story?
“When I was called into the office of the Chief Operating Officer at Duff & Phelps, I was told that the Executive Committee had taken notice of my work over the past seven years, and they wanted to me to step into the position I am currently in as the Director of the company’s portfolio. As a young Latina female leader hearing those words meant a lot to me. It is a great professional and personal success story that I am very proud of and reminds me of how lucky we are to live in a country where you are measured by your results and provided with opportunity based upon your true potential.”

Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“A key challenge for me is managing the delicate balance of the Duff & Phelps corporate brand and incorporating the local city vibe into the design of each location. My Global Real Estate team strives to ensure that the local team feels that their office represents them as a group so they take great pride in their space, which in turn helps them function and manage expectations most appropriately.”

What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“My advice to future FM’s; continue learning, invest in yourself and dare yourself to get out of your comfort zone. Regardless of how many years of experience you may have there are always new techniques and procedures to be learned.”

Interviewed by Sonya Verny of IA Interior Architects, IFMA NYC Secretary.