This month’s FM spotlight is Kiley Larsen, Associate, Real Estate and Procurement at the international advertising and public relations company – Dentsu Aegis Network. Kiley has been an integral part in the company’s phenomenal growth rate and his current project roster includes 3 build outs in NYC as well as a new office in Los Angeles.
“Kiley joined Dentsu Aegis Network April 2013 after working with the building management at our flagship NY office. Coming from the Landlord side made for an easy transition to the Tenant side of Facilities Management and Kiley’s role has become instrumental in effectively and efficiently managing the company’s office space. Dentsu Aegis has grown substantially since Kiley joined and he not only oversees our NY office but also all other regional US locations as well. He is incredibly organized and resourceful as demonstrated by his ability to juggle multiple priorities and grasp and devise solutions to any situation that may arise which is essential in our fast paced and ever changing office landscape.” - Chris Bendowski, VP, Director Real Estate, Facilities, Procurement
What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“My true passion is music and my previous life in Denver; I was the singer and guitarist in an indie band. While I don’t play shows anymore, I still enjoy going to concerts.”
How did you get into the Facilities field?
“My real estate and facilities career started 4 years ago when I moved to New York. In Colorado, I was involved in politics and PR as I received my degree at the University of Colorado in Political Science. While waiting to find that perfect job, I temped at two CBRE locations and entered the real estate world. Aegis Media was a tenant in the building I worked at and I got to know their VP of Real Estate, Chris Bendowski. In 2013, I was brought on at Aegis Media.”
Tell us about a favorite project highlight.
“My favorite projects have been the build outs we have done at our main location, 150 East 42nd Street. With each additional floor, we have been able to learn from our past experiences and make the new spaces “pop” in ways they hadn’t in the past. My goal is to make the spaces as functional as possible so our employees and different brands are able to collaborate and deliver their best products to our clients.”
What is your greatest success story?
“Following the acquisition of Aegis Media by Dentsu in 2013, we’ve been successful in merging the two companies and all of our brands together. By unifying our real estate and facilities, we’ve been able to build out some great spaces and give guidance to brands that hadn’t worked with our department in the past.”
Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“Our greatest challenge is having a two person team running over 40 offices throughout North America. While there is never a dull moment, I appreciate the challenge of making sure each location is heard and providing them with whatever is necessary to be successful.”
What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“My advice for facilities managers is to get involved with the rest of your company and understand what services they provide. If you have a pulse on what is coming up, you are able to be proactive and make sure everything will run smoothly from a facilities standpoint.”
Interviewed by Sonya Verny of IA Interior Architects, IFMA NYC Secretary.