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Editor's note: This is the Business Journal's first Spotlight on Facilities Managers in the North Bay. According to the International Facility Management Association, professionals in this job usually are responsible for compliance with laws and regulations on real estate, efficient operations of buildings to limit waste in natural and human resources, safety for employees and environmental sustainability.

"People, place, process, technology," is the association's catchphrase for such a position. The following are facility managers identified from among the largest public and private North Bay employers.

(Listed alphabetically by company)

Tony McCormick

U.S. Northwest Region Manager, Agilent Workplace Services

Agilent Technologies, 1400 Fountaingrove Pkwy., Santa Rosa 95403, 877-424-4536, agilent.com

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Tony McCormick joined Agilent's facilities maintenance division at the former Rohnert Park plant in 1984 after 12 years in electrical contracting. He progressed to management roles, particularly as facilities operations manager in the mid-1990s for Agilent's four Sonoma County sites at the time. In 2004 he was promoted to his current role, responsible for the 800,000-square-foot local campus for the Electronic Measurement Group, now only in Santa Rosa, as well as plants in Folsom and Everett, Wash.

One of the major projects he has been involved with recently was Project Viva, which in Santa Rosa involved renovating and upgrading 300,000 square feet of facilities at a cost of $50 million.

Agilent employs about 1,100 workers and is Sonoma County's fifth-largest private employer.

Jan Becker

Senior Vice President for Human Resources

Autodesk, 111 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael 94903, 415-507-5000, autodesk.com

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Jan Becker is responsible for Autodesk's worldwide human resources, corporate real estate, facilities and community relations. She came to the developer of design and media-creation software in 1992, just a decade after the company started and a few years before the product line started expanding into markets beyond AutoCAD. She was promoted to her current position in 2000.

Marin County's fourth-largest private employer has nearly 900 employees in four San Rafael buildings and expanded development functions to San Francisco in recent years. The company had $1.7 billion in revenue last fiscal year.

Before Autodesk, Ms. Becker held senior HR management positions at Sun Microsystems, Activision and Digital Equipment Corp.

R. Andrew Ramelmeier, Ph.D

Vice President of Manufacturing, Process Sciences and Facilities

BioMarin Pharmaceutical, 105 Digital Dr., Novato 94949, 415-506-6700, biomarinpharm.com

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Andy Ramelmeier has overseen bulk manufacturing, manufacturing sciences and process development for the developer of treatments for rare diseases since 2006. In that time, he managed the expansion of the Novato headquarters plant from five buildings to 10 with more than 500,000 square feet, including a major production upgrade in the past couple of years.  That doesn't include new administrative space secured in another Novato office building and a newly acquired production plant in Ireland.

"The most significant issue for life science facility managers is making facility investments that best address the complexity and uncertainty of developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products," Dr. Ramelmeier said.

He earned his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Marin County's fifth-largest private employer has more than 700 workers in Novato and about 900 total.

Rich Wallace

Building and Maintenance Manager

County of Marin, 501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael 94903, 415-499-6954

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With 35 years of experience as chief engineer and facilities manager, Rich Wallace’s job is more technical now with computers, an EMS system and providing energy estimates for a possible purchase of the Marin Commons. Green initiates are saving Marin $3 million in annual energy costs over a million square feet of building space.

His career started at age 22 when he took a boiler operations class. Mr. Wallace later earned a Building Operations Certificate and built his own house, where he has lived for 28 years.

John Payne

Facilities and Fleet Manager

County of Napa, 1195 Third St., Napa 94559, 707-253-4626

John Payne leveraged experience as a contractor and securities consultant to become a facilities manager in Santa Clara before moving to Napa. The county’s master plan is evolving, affecting a decision to remodel or move the jail.

He is studying plans for a new Health and Human Services campus and discussing remodel/build options for the administration building. Today he oversees lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades and boiler replacements and manages 50,000 s.f. of building space. He earned a business management degree from the University of Phoenix.

Jason Campbell

Facilities Operations Manager

County of Solano, 512 Clay St., Fairfield 94533, 707-421-6335

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Jason Campbell is preparing for a new 35,000-square-foot Social Services Dental Clinic and works with architects planning a 512-bed jail expansion scheduled to begin in 2012. He managed the replacement of the cogeneration plant and three solar arrays generating 1.5 megawatt-hours of energy.

His team is getting ready to install a 100 Kwh wind turbine at Rio Vista’s Sandy Beach Park and LED lighting in parking structures. Mr. Campbell earned a undergraduate degree in Construction Management from Sacramento State University. He supervises a staff of 52 and 2 million square feet of space.

Steve Bartlett

Acting Facilities Manager

County of Sonoma, 2680 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, 95403  707-565-2550

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Steve Bartlett was a general contractor before coming to the county’s architecture and mechanical divisions. He manages 2 million square feet of building space and is planning a new courthouse.

Meanwhile, work continues on low flush toilet conversions and reduced water and waste systems in the jail. LEDs are being installed in streetlights, and 28-watt bulbs have replaced 32-watt office lighting. A solar array is now in place on the Juvenile Justice Center and a 1.4 megawatt-hour fuel cell will be installed at the County Administration Center.

Dean Selna

National Facilities Manager

Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., 777 San Marin Dr., Novato 94945, 415-899-6500, firemansfund.com

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Dean Selna manages not only the three-building, 710,000-square-foot headquarters campus in northwest Novato but also other facilities for the insurer across the country.

He has been involved with a major corporate facilities "greening" effort launched in conjunction with parent company Allianz of Germany. The county of Marin last year recognized recycling and reduction of solid, electricity use and water consumption with a Marin Green Building award. In June, Bloom Energy completed the installation of six fuel-cell power units that will supply much of the facility's consumption.

Charles Calderaro III

Vice President and General Manager for Vacaville Operations

Genentech, Inc., 1000 New Horizons Way, Vacaville 95688, 707-454-1000, gene.com

In July 2007, Chuck Calderaro was named vice president and general manager for Vacaville operations. In this role, Mr. Calderaro is responsible for overseeing manufacturing, facilities services, production services and technology for Genentech’s Vacaville facility. He joined the company in 2002 as senior director of biochemical manufacturing for the plant.

Genentech's Vacaville facility is one of the world's largest biotechnology manufacturing plants for the large-scale production of pharmaceutical proteins from mammalian cells. The 100-acre facility opened in 1998 and was licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2000. The buildings themselves cover 33 acres, enclosing 427,000 square feet.

Jeff Brown

Vice President of Operations and Distribution

Jelly Belly Candy Co., One Jelly Belly Ln., Fairfield 94533, jellybelly.com

Jeff Brown is responsible for the operations of Jelly Belly plants in Fairfield, North Chicago, Ill., and Thailand, which opened in 2008 to supply Europe, Asia and Africa. The company also has a Wisconsin distribution center and several stores and visitor centers around the country.

Besides opening the third plant, one of his major accomplishments was integrating the workforce management functions at various plants and centralizing administration in Fairfield.

Mr. Brown came to Jelly Belly in the new position of personnel supervisor in 1993, just after graduating from Hayward State University with an undergraduate degree focusing on personnel administration and industrial relations. He had a three-month internship writing job descriptions for the company. He was promoted to human resources manager in 1998, vice president of human resources in 2005 and his current position last year.

Jelly Belly is among the top 10 largest private employers in Solano County with about 500 locally and more than 800 worldwide.

Ron Bass

Support Services Assistant Administrator

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 1 Quality Dr., Vacaville 95688, 707-624-4000

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Ron Bass joined Kaiser Permanente in 2004 as the support services assistant administrator for the Vallejo medical center, and he moved to the Vacaville hospital in 2010.  He also serves as the company's workplace safety leader in Napa and Solano counties  and chairman of the hospital Safety Committee.

Mr. Bass also is responsible for leading the operation of the Vacaville facility's cogeneration unit.  He has more than 25 years of experience in facilities engineering and holds a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering.

Ed Craft

Support Services Assistant Administrator

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 975 Sereno Dr., Vallejo 94589, 707-651-1000

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Ed Craft has 28 years of experience in facilities management, including positions with San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital and Kaiser Permanente.  He recently retired as a commander in the Navy Reserve.

He began his career with Kaiser in 2000 as facilities services manager in the Golden Gate service area. Mr. Craft recently lead a pilot project to install solar power at the Vallejo campus. He has a bachelor of science degree in marine engineering from California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

Kathryn Donahue

Support Services Assistant Administrator

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, 707-726-7456

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With a background as a dietitian, food services administration, and support services, Kathryn Donahue brings unique skills to her current role as she focuses on improving the infrastructure and providing facility support for the new tower on this Kaiser campus.

She is managing boiler and chiller replacements, an elevator control project and new roof for the south tower, as well as flooring retrofits and a distributed antenna system for hospital communications. Ms. Donahue has been with Kaiser for seven years, following 14 years at the French Hospital in San Francisco.

Renjie Yuan

Support Services Assistant Administrator

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 99 Montecito Rd., San Rafael 94903, 415-444-4778

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Renjie Yuan has been with Kaiser Permanente for 18 years -- including one and a half years in Sacramento and 14 months in San Rafael as support services assistant administrator.

He is now engaged in two capital improvement projects, including the expansion of the parking structure at the hospital, scheduled for completion in 2012, and the expansion of the emergency department, estimated to be finished in 2013.  He holds a master's degree in health services management.

Adam Treiber

Senior Facilities Manager

Medtronic CardioVascular, 3576 Unocal Pl., Santa Rosa 95403, 707-525-0111, medtronic.com

Adam Treiber manages facility operations for six Santa Rosa buildings totaling 320,000 square feet. They contain headquarters and research-and-development centers for Minneapolis-based Medtronic CardioVascular's Endovascular and Coronary & Renal Denervation business units.

The company employs 900 locally.

Kay DraisinProperty and Facilities Manager

NorthBay Healthcare, 4500 Business Center Dr., Fairfield 94534, northbay.org

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Kay Draisin manages NorthBay Healthcare's five locations, including NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville, with more than 1,700 employees. The health care organization is Solano County's second-largest private employer.

She was recently re-elected treasurer of the Solano Economic Development Corp.

Dave Waye

Executive Director of Support Services

Queen of the Valley Medical Center, 1000 Trancas Rd., Napa 94558, 707-251-3646, thequeen.org

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Dave Waye is responsible for biomedical systems repair, grounds upkeep, foodservice and security for approximately 750,000 square feet of buildings both on the 12-acre main campus and various leased properties throughout the city. The hospital is part of the St. Joseph Health System.

A new state of-the-art 72,000-square-foot surgical pavilion is under construction. When completed, the hospital’s existing six-room surgery department will move from the west building into the new surgical pavilion, equipped with the latest technology and equipment. Also currently in design are chiller optimization and water-use reduction.

Susan Ganz

Regional Director of Facility Services

St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, 10 Woodland Rd., St. Helena 94574, 707-936-3611

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Susan Ganz has overall facility management responsibility for the St. Helena group of Adventist Health medical centers in Napa Valley, Clearlake and the Center for Behavioral Health in Vallejo. Roseville-based Adventist Health is a network of 17 hospitals and 50 affiliated medical centers in California, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington state.

Ms. Ganz formerly was executive director for strategy, business development and community benefits at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

Other Adventist Health hospitals in the North Bay include Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Ukiah and Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits. Managing those facility functions are Kathy Smith, administrative director for support services in Ukiah, and Tom Peterson, plant operations manager in Willits.

Ron Carsner

Facilities Manager

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, California Street, Lower Lake 95457, 707-995-5831

Appointed in March, Ron Carsner was chief engineer for nine years previously at Petaluma Valley Hospital and was an engineer at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for 20 years. Now he is focused on two clinic additions, a physicians office, a new clinic and a new mechanical systems area.

Mr. Carsner's work includes the 50,000-square-foot hospital, an expanded Emergency Department, as well as clinics in Clearlake, Hilltop, Kelseyville and Lakeport -- totaling 110,000 square feet. His staff includes four engineers, a coordinator and 16 environmental services housekeepers.

Stan Tempchin

Facility Manager

St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley, 10 Woodland Road, St. Helena 94574, 707-967-5988

Stan Tempchin has been a custom home builder, an electrical contractor and the former electrical forman at Pacific Union College in Angwin. He is working on a 400-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell electrical generation project at St. Helena Hospital.

Mr. Tempchin manages more than 450,000 square feet of building space, including a waste treatment plant and plumbing. He is working with a team planning a new hospital to be built at this site before 2030 to conform with updated seismic requirements.

Carolyn Wicht

Area Director of Engineering and Facilities

St. Joseph Health System--Sonoma County, 1165 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa 95405, 707-525-5300

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Carolyn Wicht is responsible for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, three clinics and all other St. Joseph Health System facilities in Sonoma County -- totaling 1.16 million square feet.

Recent projects include a $15 million Emergency Department expansion to begin in January at Memorial. Private Family Birthing Center rooms at Memorial also have been remodeled, and digital mammography equipment will be installed at Petaluma Valley Hospital. A $4.5 million information system upgrade is continuing at Petaluma Valley.

Ms. Wicht has an MBA in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University.

John Evans

General Manager

Silverado Resort, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa 94558, 707-257-0200, silveradoresort.com

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John Evans came to Silverado Resort, Napa County's fourth-largest employer with about 500 employees, in July 2010, shortly after a partnership led by legendary golfer Johnny Miller acquired the property and New Jersey-based Dolce Hotels and Resorts took over management of the 1,200-acre, 439-room golf resort and conference center.

Mr. Evans' more than quarter century in the hospitality industry includes top-management turns at a number of prestigious facilities. For the two years before Silverado, he was general manager of The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Half Moon Bay and upgraded the national rankings for golf and tennis.

Tyler Tychon

Facilities Generalist

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo 94589, 707-644-4000, sixflags.com/discoverykingdom

Tyler Tychon has been filling the role of facility manager for the 135-acre theme park. Six Flags is looking for a park facilities manager, who manages maintenance and repair budgets and tracks regulatory compliance such as inspections and safety for the 1,500 to 2,000 full- and part-time employees.

Overseeing the role in the interim has been Terry Stephens, maintenance director, who has been in similar positions at multiple Six Flags locations.

Rick Barker

Director of Facility Management

Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa, 3325 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa 95404, 707-576-4281

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Rick Barker has been associated with medical facilities for three decades. His father, a mechanical contractor, took him at age 12 on calls to hospital clients -- a long apprenticeship that paid off.

While major capital improvements have ceased at the Chanate campus in Santa Rosa, buildings are kept in good repair as Mr. Barker works with the team building the new hospital.

He is a board member of the California Society of Health Care Engineers and participates on a California Hospital Association committee rewriting the state code regulating care in hospitals.

Jim Hickson

Director of Plant Operations

Sutter Lakeside Hospital, 5176 Hill Rd., Lakeport 95433, 707-262-5133

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Before joining Sutter, Jim Hickson was a journeyman electrician and an electrical contractor. He has 23 years of service, including two years at Lakeside and eight as chief engineer at the former Santa Rosa Community Hospital.

He supervises four engineers responsible for 150,000 square feet of building space, including doctor’s offices and several clinics. Currently he is tasked with upgrading the facilities plant with energy control systems, replacing steam boilers and making ADA upgrades.

Mr. Hickson is also assisting the Sutter Foundation as it remodels an upper floor at Lakeside to serve as four offices.

Tom Minard

Senior Construction Project Manager, Facility Planning and Development

Sutter Health, 100 Rowland Way, Ste. 200, Novato 94945, 707-396-0405

Tom Minard handles construction projects from the Golden Gate Bridge throughout the North Bay. Drawing on 31 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning, he is managing construction of the new green, state-of-the-art, Santa Rosa Medical Center.

He also focuses on developing outpatient services facilities, physician offices, laboratories and radiology facilities. Mr. Minard is engaged in a Lakeport seismic-safety project and is working to expand Sutter Medical Foundation in Marin and Sonoma counties.

Bridget Pearce

Director of Facility Management, Support Services and Safety Officer

Sutter Medical Center, 165 Rowland Way, Novato 94945, 415-209-1376

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As a registered nurse with a critical care background, Bridget Pearce became involved with the activation and occupancy of the Novato Sutter Medical Center before its 2001 opening.

She was named director of facility management in 2005 and is a certified health care environmental manager. Pearce manages five engineers and an assistant who are replacing a dated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system as well as making Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades and technology changes, such as a pending conversion to electronic records in 2012--13.

Ms. Pearce also oversees an active recycling program and works with World Family Partnership, an organization that donates medical equipment to Ethiopia.

Dennis Tukua

Facilities Services Manager

Sutter Medical Center Vallejo, 300 Hospital Dr., Vallejo 94589, 707-554-4444

Thirty-eight years ago, Dennis Tukua joined his family’s facilities management business serving medical centers in the Los Angeles area and Orange County. In August 2004, he joined the Sutter Medical Center in Vallejo and is responsible for 175,000 square feet of facilities.

Today, Mr. Tukua manages six engineers plus 12 security and 25 environmental services employees. His technical team is replacing chillers and HVAC systems.

Prior to Sutter, he worked in state government and also with Kaiser Permanente hospitals in San Francisco and Sacramento. He has a bachelor's degree in secondary education.

Jennifer Hill

Senior Manager of Facilities and Corporate Safety

Treasury Wine Estates, 650 Airpark Rd., Napa 94558, treasurywineestates.com

Treasury Wine Estates, formerly called Foster's Wine Estates and demerged from Australia-based Foster's Group in May, has a five-building central production and administration campus in Napa Airpark Centre in south Napa.

Jennifer Hill oversees 156,000 square feet of space in five buildings, including three office buildings, 78,000 square feet of office-warehouse space, an employee store and the administrative portion of the bottling center that serves Treasury's North Coast wineries.

Robert Torres

Principal and Senior Vice President of Operations

Trinchero Family Estates, 277 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena 94574, 800-967-4663, tfewines.com

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Bob Torres is responsible for design and construction of new facilities, maintenance, landscaping, safety and workers' compensation. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate architecture degree in 1983, Mr. Torres went to work for Sutter Home Winery, which his grandparents Mario and Mary Trinchero purchased a decade before. The company was undergoing rapid growth after sales of white zinfandel wine took off, and the company needed to expand production.

A major recent project he guided was a $200 million winery built near Lodi to crush up to 100,000 tons of inland California grapes annually rather than trucking them to wineries in Napa Valley.