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

Larry Charlip – Take-Two Interactive Software

Larry Charlip manages Global Real Estate and Facilities for Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (T2). He is responsible for overseeing a real estate portfolio that includes 35+ offices in 10+ countries and a total of approximately 1,000,000 square feet. Larry’s responsibilities include real estate management, construction design, project management, procurement and facilities management. Larry works with T2’s facilities teams globally to streamline processes across the organization.

“Since joining Take-Two nearly six years ago and taking over Facilities and Real Estate, Larry has successfully elevated both areas into truly global functions, which at times requires taking into account widely divergent needs on the same project and keeping many balls in the air at once. Larry’s role has required him to become an expert marksman when shooting at moving targets.” - Chris Casazza, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

What is one thing that no one knows about you?
“A few years ago, I traveled to Africa. While I’m generally a person who can’t stop looking at my phone, I found the way of life there to be calming and relaxing. People go about their business no matter what is happening around them. No cell signal, no problem. Electric goes out for an hour, no problem. I need more of that in my life.”

How did you get into the Facilities/Real Estate field? 
“I started out as a mail clerk for a commodities trading company in the early 90’s. That company went bankrupt shortly after I started and began several years of layoffs. Through it I gained valuable experience in construction and leasing through downsizing and left there after two years as an Assistant Facilities Manager. From there I kind of stumbled my way up the ladder on the fly with stops at Lockheed Martin, Schroder, Wenner Media (Rolling Stone) and a few other spots along the way. Each company gave me an opportunity to learn more and grow as a professional.”

Tell us about a favorite project highlight.
“A year ago, I completed a 64,000 square foot relocation for T2’s corporate headquarters. For this project, I got to run every aspect of the project cycle which included site selection, leasing, workplace strategy, design, build and relocation. This certainly was the highlight project of my career. I was able to work with incredible groups, including our internal workplace strategy team, consultants, contractors and of course our employees who embraced the space we built to make it their own. There was a great degree of change management involved and our employees were hesitant at the first, but their hearts were in it in the end. The space has been incredibly received by our visiting employees, executives, board members and guests.”

What is your greatest success story?
“Besides my family? The teams I have been able to work with over the past 20 years would have to be my greatest career success. I have worked with some tremendously talented and dedicated people along the way. I have also gotten to mentor and help young professionals grow in their career. Many of us remain friends still today. That being said, I could not have done any of it without the support of my fiancé, son and the rest of my family who have been by my side through all the crazy projects.”

Tell us about a challenge or obstacle that you face in the Real Estate/Facilities world.
“Global Real Estate and Facilities has changed drastically over the past 5-10 years. Where everything was previously locally managed, technology and the expansion of the global marketplace has changed the landscape. Working for a company that is relatively decentralized and wants local culture and customs to play a part in their offices, it is sometimes a struggle to do while also meeting global objectives. Collaboration and communication are a challenge but are key to the success of each project as well as day to day operations.”

What learning experience would you pass onto future FM’s?
“When asked ‘why do we do (fill in task) a certain way?’ the worst answer you can ever give is ‘because that is how we have always done it.’ At the end of the day, Facilities and Real Estate is a service organization within a company and what employees want and need to be productive is constantly evolving. We need to change with it, and if possible, stay ahead of the change curve. In a world where much of our time is taken up by reacting to a situation that arises, we need to think ahead and be proactive as much as possible.”

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