Ken Abrahams – CareCentrix

Janet Acevedo – Hedge Fund

Luis Acevedo – Major League Soccer

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

Kelcia Azevedo – Standard Chartered Bank

Vito Bacarella – UBS

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 – 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

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 - Barclays

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

Martin Sillen – Ogilvy CommonHealth

One of this month’s FM spotlights is Martin Sillen, Vice President of Facilities and Procurement at Ogilvy CommonHealth. Martin is an accomplished facilities professional who has had articles written about him and won numerous awards. Not only did Building Magazine write an article about him but he was also awarded the IFMA New York City Distinguished Professional Member of the Year award in 2005!

“As Chief Financial Officer, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of Facilities Professionals for almost 30 years and Marty Sillen is the best Facilities Manager I have ever worked with. Marty exhibits a level of expertise, intelligence and personal concern for everyone that I feel is unmatched in the industry.” - Robert Saporito - EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“Folks don’t know that for 15 seasons I was a High School football and basketball official. I am also involved with the charity Beautiful People. Beautiful People provides sports programs and activities for children with disabilities. I am also involved with the American Heart Association. I have helped to raise over $100,000 for these two organizations in the last two years!”

How did you start your career?
“I am the last of a dying breed that can actually say I worked my up from the mailroom. I started out as a printer/mail clerk at Pace University. I then moved on to Bergdorf-Goodman then Facilities in Blue Ridge Winkler, Colt Industries, Willis, Coty Beauty and Zenith Optimedia.

Currently I have the best job working for the best company in the world, Ogilvy CommonHealth.

I can truly say I remember rotary phones, plug-in switch boards and when having a type writer with memory was a luxury!”

You have had quite the career. What type of projects have you worked on?
“I have worked on many office construction projects, company moves and space restacks (both growing and shrinking). My projects have included spaces as large as 400,000 sq. ft. and as small as 8,000 sq. ft.”

What is your greatest success story?
“When I think of my greatest success stories, two projects come to mind. The first was getting my company fully functional 24 hours after 9/11. My other success would be keeping our company operating in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. We couldn’t get back into our building for eight days! But we managed to keep the company moving forward using alternate space and systems”

What are some challenges and obstacles that you have experienced?
“Every day in the wonderful world of Facilities brings a new challenge. There is no such thing as an obstacle, only a challenge.

If you are confident in what you are doing and have a well trained staff, there are no obstacles, just challenges.

Lucky for me, I have been blessed with some of the best trained and knowledgeable facilities staffs in the industry.”

What advice would you give future FM’s?
“I have so much advice to give today’s FM’s and future FM’s.

Never lose your cool. Always treat the people you work with and the people who work for you with respect and dignity. Remember when colleagues yell at you because of a facilities problem, you didn’t cause it, you are there to fix it and prevent it from happening again.

Be tough, but fair with your vendors.

Always create a “we are a team” culture with Facilities and IT.

Do not ever think you are the end all who can never learn a new trick.

Never bring the job problems home with you.

Always say to yourself that my actions didn’t cause anyone to lose their life today, so it wasn’t a bad day.

And always, always, don’t be afraid to call one of your fellow IFMA members for advice. They will be happy to help you.”

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