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

Carl Thomas – Kaplan

This month’s FM spotlight is Carl Thomas, National Facilities Director at the premier provider of educational services for individuals, schools, and businesses worldwide - Kaplan. Carl handles over 200+ locations and approximately 3MM square feet. He is currently a member of IFMA, CoreNet, PRSM and the Tri State League of Facilities Professionals.

“Carl Thomas is a one of kind person. Besides being a highly qualified Facilities Director, Carl is also a family and community minded individual. As Director of National Facilities for Kaplan, we feel perfectly secure that our premises will be well looked after with Carl's technical capabilities.” - Jeffrey L. Elie, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities - Kaplan, Inc.

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“I guess the one thing that not too many people know is that I have served as a New York State Fire Commissioner for the past 10 years. I am on a board of 5 Commissioners who handle the operation of our local Fire District. We handle the procurement of equipment/apparatus, buildings and grounds maintenance, insurance/pensions and administration of personnel.”

How did you get into the Facilities field?
“I began my career in a family owned construction business working in all phases of construction. Once I graduated college, I interviewed for a job with a bank as a Property Inspector handling foreclosed properties. From there, I was promoted to a Branch Facilities Manager which began my career in Facilities and Property Management.”

Tell us about a favorite project highlight
“Some of my project highlights have been the replacement of the Data Center infrastructure while working for JLL and the relocation of corporate offices, construction management of new space in NYC while working for Kaplan.

One of my largest projects was working for Kaplan when they decided to relocate three offices from 888 7th Ave, 1440 Broadway and 1 Liberty Plaza all into our current location at 395 Hudson St. The renovation of space to accommodate additional offices, conference rooms and data infrastructure was a real challenge. Our team received some nice recognition for our efforts.”

What is your greatest success story?
“I guess the one thing that comes to mind was a large data center project replacing the UPS system when I worked for JLL and planning the rigging of the units into the basement with an elevator that did not have the capacity to handle. After installing temporary rigging to increase the load capacity, the project was able to continue with no interruption."

Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“Some of my challenges I faced were the accounts I was placed on while working for 3rd party management PM Realty, Cushman & Wakefield, CBRE and JLL. When we acquired a new account making the transition into a new management model proved to be challenging, but in the end we always accomplished our goals.”

What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“My best learning experience is definitely my time working in construction for my father. Learning the construction business and becoming familiar with all trades, proved to be an asset in my career qualifications. I would recommend any future FM learn a trade of some sort as it definitely helps you when you need to ‘talk shop’.”

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