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

Peter Lorenz – Kaye Scholer

"Pete is one of the most resourceful guys that I know. He will always find a way to resolve any problem" -Tom Kane, Former Director of Operations for CBS

IFMA Communications Committee member Sonya Verny had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Lorenz, Facilities Manager at Kaye Scholer, LLP. Peter holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Something you might find particularly about Peter is that he has his "Secret" Security Clearance from the Defense Security Service (DSS) for government-related assignments.

How did you get into facilities?
“I started my career in 1990, in retail security. From retail security, I moved into hotel security and worked as the Assistant Director of Security and Safety at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, NY. It was a very exciting job and I worked many prestigious events. After hotel security, I moved into Security and Operations at a division of Mattel, Inc., specifically, American Girl Place-NY, as the Director of Operations, also located in New York City.

I then moved into Facilities and Building Operations, as the Assistant Director of Building Operations at the CBS Corporation located in New York. This was a great job where I learned a great deal and worked on many improvement projects, such as, floor space renovations, office renovations, and general space renovations.

Finally, I arrived at my current position, as a Facilities Manager at Kaye Scholer, LLP, an international law firm with offices in both the United States and abroad.”

What are your most memorable projects that you have worked on?
“I have worked on many projects throughout my career; however, two of the larger projects that I have recently worked on were the construction of the firm's 30,000 sq. ft., Operations Center in Tallahassee, FL and the firm's new 300,000 sq. ft., Corporate Headquarters in New York, NY.”

What are some learning experiences you have had throughout the years?
“My credo is ‘everything happens for a reason’. In other words, you have to learn from every situation and make the best of every opportunity. I am more than a ‘glass is half full or the glass is half empty’ type of person. I am just glad there is water in the glass-meaning, I am an optimistic and opportunistic person when it comes to my job and career path. I believe that good things can happen if just try your best and make the best of every situation.”

What do you find most difficult about this industry?
“There have been many challenges in my career, but finding a job with a good work/life balance is most important. You won't be happy at work, if you're not happy at home and vice-versa. You need to have a challenging and rewarding job."

What advice would you give FMs in terms of challenges, obstacles and takeaways?
“There is no one person that is more important than another. You never know where the next good idea or suggestion might come from. Treat everyone fairly and listen to their comments and suggestions. Just because you have more experience than someone else, doesn't mean that someone else's opinion doesn't matter. Listen!”

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