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

Ken Abrahams – CareCentrix

This month’s FM spotlight is Ken Abrahams, Director of Real Estate and Facilities at the nation’s recognized leader in home health benefit management solutions – CareCentrix.  Ken’s background includes an MBA in Finance, a certificate of Real Estate from NYU and 30 years of experience working in the NYC area with Prodigy Internet, American Express, Prudential Finance, The Bank of New York and Morgan Stanley.

“Ken has clear expertise in his field and adds significant value to CareCentrix.  He is extremely independent and proactive, and handles his responsibilities with minimal oversight.  It has been a pleasure working with Ken as his projects have been on time, within budget and most important with no surprises! - Steven Horowitz, Chief Financial Officer - CareCentrix

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“I am a fitness fanatic who cycled 115 miles for my birthday last year and I have been playing in the same pickup basketball game for 18 years.”

How did you get into the Facilities field?
“I was taking a real estate finance class in graduate school when I decided that the field was of interest to me. I liked that you get to deal with people and you don’t spend your whole day glued to a desk.”

Tell us about a favorite project highlight.
“Shortly after I started at CareCentrix, the CEO wanted to open a new satellite office that looked totally different from our other locations. Having come from the big corporate world of large real estate departments with abundant resources and consultants.... suddenly all the design and construction was on me! I discovered that furniture vendors, building design teams and contractors are invaluable collaborators and sources of information and ideas. Additionally, we were able to design a space that was within our tenant improvement allowance by locating and leasing a layout that required little changes.”

What is your greatest success story?
“I have spent most of my career doing leasing, so project and facility management are new additions to my responsibilities. A great success at my current job is, while working with a limited $0 budget, I will create a space management system based on linked excel files that allows each local associate to input data that in turn gives senior management a consolidated high level view.”

Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“The greatest challenge is keeping up with the pace of things. Although I have always been an early adopter and have kept up with technology, real estate issues don’t always work themselves out at that speed. My favorite saying to my stakeholders is that when speaking to me you are talking to ‘the man of the future.’ Real Estate projects don’t happen overnight so we need to be looking 6-18 months down the road at all times.”

What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“The most important thing about remote facility management is constant communication from the associates in your facilities and maintaining a good relationship with building management. Every time I visit our facilities I make sure to meet with the building managers and my local site managers. Despite all our wonderful technology, this is still a people business!”

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